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Feb 12, 2007 - Sydney, Australia

Arrived in Sydney on the 12th, and it is really, really nice to be here. Leaving Asia behind means we are coming close to the end of our intrepid journey (2 1/2 months more), which means finding jobs...boooo. The weather is perfect for siteseeing, around 65, tail end of the summer here. It is nice to blend in for a change, as obviously in Asia there was no disguising the fact that we were foreigners. Here, at least we get the chance to blend in...until we open our mouths and speak of. Sydney is a slick, clean and beautiful city-...

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Feb 12, 2007 - Sydney wk11

The next week work got slightly tougher and a couple of times I worked beyond my scheduled hours of 3pm to 11pm, to 11.30 and 12.00. I was starting to get really tired from it now and was finding it hard to adjust to the odd hours and the concept of working again in the first place. Still, I only had another four weeks of working to go, I told myself. On Friday night I met up with Layla at the "Royal", which was the local pub. It stayed open until about 3am on a Friday night and so even though I did not finish work until midnight we were...

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Feb 5, 2007 - Sydney wk10

I started working. It really was a big shock to the system and I wasn't prepared for it at all. My hours were 3pm to 11pm Monday to Friday and by the end of the day I was generally tired but wide awake and it would take me ages to fall asleep. No-one took a lunch break and just ate food at their desk, if at all. I was working on the 26th floor of a skyscraper and in the evenings there was a good view of the sunset over Sydney. Bizarrely as well, the small Australian branch of my former company, EDF Trading, was on the 27th floor of the same...

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Feb 1, 2007 - Sydney

Well we made it to Sydney. Late last night, but still made it. So far we haven't seen much, but we did get work on the first day here! The hostel(Nomads Maze - Don't stay here) we booked into needed some people to clean out the alley way behind the place. The new skyrise they are building next door likes to throw all there garbage over the side into the alley way. I started at 1, while Jody came down to help out later. She was busy calling all the ads we had found in the morning for places to rent! The job was gross to say the least with...

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FATH WORLD TOUR!

Jan 30, 2007 - Richards big adventure

We have given this part of our story the above title to recognise the huge significance it had for our ageing hero. In the space of three weeks he has been able to spend no less than 42 bum-numbing hours on a 2200 mile train journey. Indeed, had it not been for a bush fire, which closed the Sydney to Melbourne line and forced a change to a coach, it would have been nearer 3000 miles! Using a backpacker pass, which for a 100 pounds gave unlimited travel on the intercity network south of Brisbane as well as special offers for the Sydney area,...

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Jan 29, 2007 - Sydney wk9

On Tuesday evening me, Layla, Stef & Lindsey went to a nighttime open air cinema in one of the parks in Sydney. Layla had paid for membership and so had received four tickets, which she gave to us. It was a warm summer's evening and we brought along some wine and nibbles. There was also a wine promotion going on at the venue and I managed to win a bottle of wine, so things were looking up! It was in a plastic carton instead of a proper bottle and loads of people seemed to be winning as it was a promotion, but still it was fantastic to get...

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Jan 23, 2007 - Day 132 - Arrive in Oz

After a gruelling overnight flight we arrived in sunny Sydney. The flight was only gruelling however due to the assortment of entertainment options Singapore Airline have. Should an option of airlines be presented to us for future travel, we will choose Singapore Airlines every time! Family friends John & Beryl very kindly offered to accommodate us in Syndey and Beryl was able to pick us up from the airport - always nice to see a friendly face when entering an arrivals hall. John & Beryl are based in Cronulla, a suberb "in the Shire" to...

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Jan 18, 2007 - Getting ready to leave Australia

We arrived at teh bus station in Sydney and then had to head out to the airport area to stay in a cheap hotel a few minutes from there to save time in the morning as we had a really early flight. We caught the train and rang the hotel when we got to the airport who pick you up and drop you back, which is great in theory, but after waiting an hour and a half it gets a bit annoying, however after all that we finally got to the room and then had to get sorted for the flight. To begin with I had to clean my work boots, the tent pegs and my flip...

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Jan 16, 2007 - G'day mate !!

Well, Australia here I am .... Landed early Sunday morning, completely knackered as rather than sleeping decided I wanted to watch films instead .. idiot !! Anyway, decided to head towards Kings Cross as has been recommended by friends and booked in to original backpackers hostel. Met up with Tom at Lunch time and headed down to Bondi Beach ... scorcher of a day so sat on beach, swam in the surf ... can't beat that !! Then decided to head out to the Gaff that evening as recommended by Tom, basically a back packer place that offered a...

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Murray's On Tour !!

Jan 15, 2007 - Sydney wk7

At the start of the week I decided to get a job. This was something that I had firmly resolved not to do on my trip but considering the amount of money I had spent and would still probably spend in Australia some extra cash was probably needed. Also the last time I had worked properly was in April 2006 and I am now used to not working. Working for a short time would make me appreciate bumming around and travelling more afterwards. To this end I started registering with agencies and bought a really cheap suit after hearing that I potentially...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Sydney Tourists

Thursday had us doing the things visitors to the city must do - touring the Sydney Opera House,strolling leisurely around the Botanical Gardens and of course Janet had to get her nails sorted. While she did this, I thought I may as well climb the Harbour Bridge. But first things first. The hotel bed is to die for! - we floated off into the most fantastic sleep. If we were spending two weeks in Sydney,I swear I'd gladly spend one of them in this bed. When we eventually got up, we made our way to the Opera House and were treated to an...

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Jan 12, 2007 - Sydney, NSW

SYDNEY \ BLUE MOUNTAINS - Saturday 30th December - Tuesday 9th January (Days 64-74) NEW YEARS EVE - WEDDING DAY After the one hour flight from Melbourne to Sydney Gill and I set off to see our Celebrant Wendy Bull to finalise some details of our wedding the next day. I woke up early on the morning of our wedding to hear a knocking at the apartment door we were sharing for 7 nights with Jim and Karl, to find Jim at the front door wearing only his briefs and t-shirt. It appeared that sometime during the night he had been attempting to find...

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