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Feb 25, 2017 - Sydney

New Zealand. Auckland. 15th February 20deg . We go ashore and wander the city streets of Auckland. It is very hilly and Cheryl says it reminds her of San Francisco without the trams. Near to the cruise terminal the shops are very upmarket and touristy but as we move on it becomes more normal city shops. We ride a bus around and discover a very cosmopolitan population. Everyone seems to get on fine. 20 percent of the population of New Zealand is from China and 15 percent is Maori. Lots or people are mixed race so you can imagine the...

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Feb 13, 2017 - Flight 3

Our last day in Singapore. We checked out reasonably early and put the bags in storage, before heading out into town. We headed down to St Andrews Cathedral - not very big, but interesting. Walked along the river stopping for a drink in a cafe whose canopy was sponsored by standard Chartered! The heavens opened whilst we were there, so we stayed for a little while 𯘊 There were quite a lot of interesting sculptures along the river. We then got what slightly lost before finally heading back towards our hotel. Stopped a cafe for a last...

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Feb 10, 2017 - What time is it?

What a difference a day makes. One of the Assy's asked if we were going to Brecky? I said yes assuming he meant breakfast. We were at sea yesterday so I took a watercolor painting class which resulted in a postcard of sailboats. Met some lovely ladies from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Porta Rico, Canida, and Indonesia. Everyone spoke English or a version of it. Went to the library to read while husband napped. Listened to an interesting debate about Australia's Prime Minister. Things are the same everywhere just the names have...

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Over to Downunder

Feb 9, 2017 - Get us to the boat on time.

After checking out of our room we had an hour to wait for the bus. Airline buses arrived with Sing-a-pore flight attendants and pilots. All of the women were the same height and weight dark hair, full make up. Then came China air, the flight attendants were taller had white pants and long turquoise tunics. My favorite was the ones from the Dubia. I took a picture with them and I will try to load it. We paid at the airport to get picked up today at noon from the notorious Ready to Go bus service. 12:30 no bus, Called to see if they were...

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Feb 8, 2017 - Good day mate!

Wednesday: I have survived the 16 hour flight, we have made it through customs, had our luggage sniffed by dogs, walked through a hallway where they film you with your luggage, and then lined up for a final declaration check. An additional 2 hours have passed-then a 2 hour wait for the Ready to GO bus to hotel. Whose name does not reflect the speed at which the GO part is reached. It is raining and was about a block to board the van. We are soaked. I managed to develop a UTI during all this waiting and flying. I am miserable but trying not...

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Feb 8, 2017 - Where did the time go?

Monday : It's 12:30 we are out of the hotel and sitting at LAX. Quantas does no check ins till 6:00pm. We have 5 hours before we can get rid of our luggage and go through security. We can not leave the area without boarding passes. This is the international terminal so you can hear several langueses spoken at any time. We ate a late breakfast .I had a small cranberry juice, 2 eggs, And a slice of wheat toast no butter. $16 Hubby had a full breakfast $24 so with tip $46. My slenterization program will work while we vacation because we will...

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Feb 8, 2017 - Ready to cruise

We slept 12 hours after being up 36 hours. I went in search of breakfast and bought some sort of roll up for commuters which contained some unidentifiable items, bacon, eggs, spinach,and something red and floaters in the thick pita bread. I was hungry so it was good. Yes, mom it seems the picky eater from my youth is long gone. Just waiting for my order I saw at least 10 different nationalities. Often waiting in line people say " Oh your American what do you think about your new president? And we reply "it is what it is." They in turn give...

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Feb 6, 2017 - Water, Water Everywhere

We sailed into Sydney harbour very quietly Monday AM and awoke to the Opera House below us in full display. If one walked to the, starboard side of the ship the steel bridge built in 1932 was above us. The disembarking process went well and we managed to find our luggage in the masses. They had a system of Color coded times by departure time.. Some of the passengers were staying onboard to travel to New Zealand with a reduced itinerary. We had significant lineups for taxis; however we doubt any city in the world can cope easily with 2000...

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Jan 15, 2017 - So long, Sydney

9 January Settled in to our new housesit. Very comfortable, in the suburbs of Sydney. A hot evening and night though we didn't need to use the aircon. Leisurely start to the day, no dogs to walk nor the menagerie to feed, what were we going to do? A light lunch then we headed for the city. A couple of miles drive to the railway station where we caught the train to Circular Quay on Sydney Bay. The trains are clean, modern, air-conditioned and are double deckers. Did call at all stations including the airport so took about 30 minutes. Not too...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Jan 12, 2017 - Parks and Churches

Found a late breakfast of eggs benedict in Kirribilli before starting out today. I hadn't walked across the Harbor Bridge, so I decided to give it a try. It looks like a long walk, but I was wearing my tennis shoes. Some girl from Glendale, CA stopped me a couple of times to ask me to take her picture, but I was moving way slower than her. Three steps, picture, four steps, picture. And so on. Somehow when everyone else exited the bridge and started walking along the ground, I stayed on the bridge. The road curved around and ran near the...

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Jan 11, 2017 - Swimming and Shopping

Last night, I headed back to Town Hall in the evening. I wanted to explore a little and maybe find a place to get some food. Not too far from the train stop, I found a little barber shop and decided I was overdue for a trim. Several years ago, I got a haircut in the Philippines. I was impressed by the fact that the experience was so different than going to the barber in the states. Never thought of a haircut as an experience before, but these days I seem to try to find a barber shop wherever I go. As experiences go, this was not incredibly...

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Jan 10, 2017 - Beaches with Ben

My friend at the seminary, Lisa, wanted to connect me with a friend of hers from her China days named Ben. He lived in China for about 7 years, but now is back in his native Sydney. I contacted him and he suggested we connect this morning for a brief tour and some lunch. He picked me up just outside my Guesthouse at 8 a.m. Ben is great. Loves to talk. Interested in art, politics, religion, culture, and pretty much everything Australian. I quickly found out that he is a beach comber and constantly drags his two daughters to beach for a quick...

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PK 2 Australia

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