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Dec 1, 2015 - New Year's Day

I feel I MUST grasp the day! Last night was an eight hour marathon of waiting for the big event- sitting, walking, eating standing up, and stretching, but we all survived! Today' s highlight is the night-time Sydney Bridge Climb- I can't wait, but spend the day walking and taking in the unique atmosphere of Sydney, then took a train and bus to Bondi Beach.

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Apr 24, 2015 - Johannesburg to home

Thursday 23rd April/Friday 24th April 2015 Johannesburg to Sydney The flight from Joburg to Sydney was very smooth and took 11½ hours. We arrived in Sydney at 2:35pm and we didn’t have to wait too long for trains to get home. We arrived home safely at about 5:00pm.

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Apr 23, 2015 - Continuing in Sydney

Found an internet cafe close by so I can now bring this thing up to date. After Darcy left us at the airport in Sydney for work I wrote out the blog entry and then somehow lost the bloody thing so had to do it all again. Doing the blog twice and then finding somewhere to get some more US dollars we were running out of time. We still hadn't gone thru the baggage scan or passport control which, in Sydney , takes forever. Long queues here and cutting it fine, but arrived at our boarding gate 10 minutes before we were supposed to board. Then I...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 22, 2015 - Syderney

Well ....that was adventurous. ..seems the Sydney storm returned just for ys...after our pilot in Perth said it was abating. We were loaded before time in Perth so our captain said we could take off a few minutes early. ..then he says nup...Sydney has told him to wait. Then he says sorry we have a problem and need to get a mechanic in which means bringing back the air bridge. Eventually we get airborne about 20 minutes later. At 5.40 Sydney time we're woken up by the captain saying we're approaching Sydney and would be landing in about 40...

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Galapagos with G & T

Apr 19, 2015 - Cruise-o-matic - not Vegomatic

Good morning FOBTs, As I mentioned in yesterday's update, Eileen and I head for the Oosterdam cruise ship later this morning. If I can, I'll upload some pictures of the ship before we pull out of Sydney. This begins a new chapter of our South Pacific Adventure. Can't wait! More later. For those who may not be familiar with the second part of the title of this update, it was a widely advertised product that sliced, diced, and did lots of other stuff to vegetables to make it easier to cook. Sorry to date myself. Post-breakfast update: This...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Sydney - Day 6 and Last Day

FOBTs, Well family, friends, and neighbors, today is the last full day Eileen and I have in Sydney. In some ways, it seems surreal that Eileen and I are both here in Australia and that our time here is coming to an end. More on that later. In spite of the weather forecast, we had a splendid, beautiful day. Once again, we hiked to Circular Quay, and caught a ferry to Darling Harbor so that we could connect to a ferry up the Parramatta River basin. While at Darling Harbor, we saw an intriguing restaurant. It's name is Georges Mediterranean...

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Apr 17, 2015 - Sydney - Day 5 or Harbors and Bays

Hello FOBTs, Hard to believe, but today marks only two days left for us in Sydney. My magical run of avoiding rainy weather is ending sometime today. Sydney's weather forecast is for rain of some sort for the remainder of our stay, but that's okay. It will not stop your intrepid adventurers from going forth and seeing what trouble... ah, fun they can get into on each of the days. Before I turn to the task of today's possible agenda, I must address a serious issue. Prior to my starting this grand adventure, my friend Bill told me of an...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Sydney - Day 4

Hello FOBTs (Reminder that's Followers of Bill's Travels), My friend Mike came up with the answer about the Shakespearian character, and it is Falstaff. Congratulations Mike!! Today is Eileen's second birthday!! Like me, she gets to celebrate her birthday twice, once in this date zone and again today since it is 15 April where most of you are. Mind you this is not exactly the same as the Hobbit concept of second breakfasts, elevenzies, or first and second lunches, but it a unique opportunity nonetheless. I was sorry to learn that my friend...

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Apr 15, 2015 - Sydney, New South Wales

This is our final update while actually in Australia. We are excited to be returning home to friends and family, but also a little sad to be leaving. We have met many kind and wonderful people, some of whom have become friends that we will miss and hope to meet again someday. We bid farewell to Corrimal after a long walk on the beach and went to Oak Flats where Winston had the hole above his rear window repaired. That necessitated staying somewhere else overnight, so we went to Lakeside Homestay B&B located about one block from Lake...

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Apr 11, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 12 - Sydney 3/3

For once we had a typical start into the day. That is something we have not been able to clame very often on this journey so far, if you bracket out our homage to civilisation by enjoying a strongly brewed coffee every morning. Saturday morning is market time! Our hostel is situated just on the brink of the city center with its skyscrapers and the financial center, cuddeling with Sydney Central Station, but going the other direction one finds little neighbourhoods where the houses are 2, rather than 20 stories high and streets start having...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 11 - Sydney 2/3

Second day in Sydney: We just destroyed our legs today! When we finally got back to the hostel we had been walking over 6 hours through the whole CBD... AGAIN... It started with the free guided city tour where we walked past a lot of places we already had already seen the day before when we were just walking on our own but at least this time we had someone also telling us a little bit over the different buildings and the history of Sydney. Most important thing we learnt that day: There has been a Governor Macquarie who named nearly every...

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Apr 9, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 10 - Sydney 1/3

For the night we had stayed at Colesdale in a nice camp ground that lies right at the sea. Max had the great idea that we could safe ourselves the hustle of driving into Sydney and trying to find a parking spot there but instead parking the car somewhere outside and drive into town with the train. In Helensburgh, only 15 minutes away from Colesdale, we found both essential things: A free parking spot and a train station. Only an hour later we alighted the train at Sydney central station and had gotten into the heart of Australias most...

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