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Nov 9, 2017 - Guangzhou, China to Anna Bay

Wednesday 8th November 2017/Thursday 9th November 2017 Guangzhou to Sydney Woke up and had breakfast in the restaurant after admiring the view from the 25th Floor, totally amazing, definitely not as polluted as Delhi, but overcast today. We could see from our window a lake and a park, so we decided to go for a walk there after lunch. So, after we had eaten a Chinese meal (how strange, this being China) for lunch, we set out to explore the vicinity. The local people mustn’t see many Westerners as we were a constant source of interest and...

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Oct 29, 2017 - A day in Sydney

Off to Sydney on the train today. It turned out a long day but it was a good day. I thought the intercity trains had toilets on-board but ours seems to have not had one fitted... Our Opal cards worked flawlessly, mine shows up as a “Free Travel Card” but in any event on Sundays the most you pay is $2.50 anyway so its $2.50 return to Dulwich Hill from anywhere.... The scenery on the South Coast Line is great until you get to Oatley then its just the usual suburban sprawl. Frequent ocean vistas flash by and many tunnels are encountered as the...

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Oct 26, 2017 - I'm going home

Wow! I'm a bit speechless. 50 days on vacation, so far away from home, meeting some extraordinary people, and having some unforgettable memories. Im heading to the airport a bit early. Reports of a train delay, so I'm giving myself a cushion. Got to the airport, checked in with some extra scrutiny that started today, and got the express pass thru security lines because I'm flying business. Flight doesn't board for 2hrs, but they give me free breakfast, so I'm making the most of it. It's time to board... I don't wanna go... getting a bit...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Back in Sydney

Ughhh so tired. Woke up at 230, showered, finished packing, checked out, and jumped on the shuttle to the airport. Shannon, Jessica, and I shared the shuttle so we'd get a 50% discount! Went thru security and cleared customs out of NZ. Boarded the plane and almost immediately fell asleep. Woke up a bit thru the flight and realized I missed my breakfast meal! That's ok, I was more tired than hungry, so I went back to sleep. About 30 minutes left out of the 3.5hr flight, I finally woke up. Good thing I did. Got an amazing view of Sydney from...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Sydney and surrounding

We have successfully arrive upon the shores of Australia. Before meeting our friend Cate we had a couple hours to kill so felt the best thing was to head to the harbor and get pictures of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. We navigated the train system to and from the harbor and then to Sutherland station to meet Cate. With Cate we did a little site seeing from the car along the cliff drive. We also stopped a popular handglider spot, and saw 6 different gliders. Which by the way a Lawrence Hargrave invented. I also fell asleep...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Sydney

After a very long 15 hour flight we arrived in sunny Sydney. Our hotel room wasn’t ready so we went for a walk to the Botanical Gardens on the harbor for our first glimpse of the roof of the Sydney Opera House shining in the sunshine. We didn’t have a lot of energy so we sat on a park bench and enjoyed the park. Once back at the hotel we crashed out for few hours, woke up feeling better and went out for dinner. Hyde Park was turned into a huge open air Noodle market with open air eating places from every Asian market you can think of. There...

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gerviv in Oz

Oct 15, 2017 - Off to New Zealand part 1

Ugghhh. Only got a couple hours sleep. Woke up just after 4am. I was worried I wouldn't wake up in time to catch the shuttle to the airport. Showered and headed downstairs to the lobby to meet with Sophie, who was also catching an early ass flight. After getting to the airport, I was still a tad too early to check my bag, so I just waited around. Finally checked into my flight, made my way thru security, and found a restaurant to eat breakfast. Flight was delayed about 45 minutes, but boarded and strapped in got my 3hr flight to New...

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Oct 14, 2017 - In Sydney!

arrived into Sydney and it was just as I had imagined... a big city located right on harbor. Drove over the Sydney Bridge and saw an amazing view of the Opera house. We stopped in front of our hostel and we unloaded our bags. I didn't realize how many people weren't staying in the same hostel. So we drop our bags off and meet downstairs for dinner. Marin and Linda walked over from their hostel to eat with us. We decided to eat at Harbor bay. Took a bit to walk there, but def worth it. All the restaurants were a tad expensive so we decided...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Australia

This week I made the short hop across the Tasman to Australia for a lovely week in the sunshine. I spent the first half of the week staying with relatives in beautiful Wollongong, about an hour and 20 minutes outside of Sydney along the coast. It's a lovely little harbour town with great restaurants, gorgeous beaches, a theatre, good shopping and in the shadow of Mount Kiera. We drove up to the Mount Kiera lookout one day which offered incredible views of the whole coast and townships, including Kiama, Shell Harbour and Corrimal where we...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Getting underway!

So, we're finally underway! After a few months of planning our first holiday in New Zealand has begun. It was a pretty low key day, really. Just a train ride from Newcastle to Sydney and a night in the airport hotel. Train ride was fine (for Australia) and the hotel is good. In the morning, we will just have a 15 minute walk to the airport - heaps better than getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning! Anyway, we are going to get a good night's sleep and let you know more tomorrow. Happy trails, RandA

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Aug 29, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney

All three flights went smoothly Love that airplane food Our last plane was a double decker The end of our last flight Doug picked us up from the airport Safely back in Australia I will continue this blog until we arrive back in Canberra If you want to leave a comment or message you can still do that by pushing "leave a message " You can also still read other comments by pushing "guestbook "

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Aug 15, 2017 - The departure

Just a brief opening for the adventure. Left Sydney with a refuelling stop in Singapore. I always enjoy that airport.. as far as airports go. flight on to Geneva via Heathrow. All pretty straightforward. Films on board were of little interest - what happened to art house cinema on planes? But I did get much joy from listening to 3 BBC radio programs on the late Leonard Cohen. He is such a wonderful speaker and his songs/poems are a joy to listen to. Just enough time in Heathrow to install a new SIM card in my phone and I thought I was...

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