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Feb 27, 2007 - Sydney...............again!

You may all wonder why i felt the need to go back to Sydney, it is something i wonder myself. But hey, i booked the flight on a whim and I wanted to see and appreciate some of things that i failed to last time. On arriving in the city i headed straight to the Opera House to take a proper look around. Its an amazing structure, it really is, but i'm not getting it. I thought I should take a second look as Sazy had assured me that it was inspiring and special. Its a building! It must be an age thing (Sazy's words, not mine). Although, I want...

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Emily's Adventures

Feb 27, 2007 - Cairns, and back to Sydney

This was another travel day, our return to Sydney. I got up early and went for a nice long walk along the beach in Cairns just as the sun was coming up. Took some great photos, including one of a group of pelicans looking for food, and of a cranky old man throwing a net out into the water. He didn't want to talk about what he was up to, but I found out later he was fishing for shrimp. The plant life in this area is quite something. I took more photos of flowers for which I'll likely never know their names. The beach along much of Cairns...

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Goin' Down, Under

Feb 27, 2007 - Sydney, Australia

"I think we should pick-up a camper in Brisbane, then work our way clockwise back through Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania, Alice Springs, and then end up in Cairns" suggested Dad. "It will mean some back-tracking, but given the circumstances, it's probably our best plan." The "circumstances" were that we had flown into Sydney, were to spend a week at a time-share near Brisbane, arrive at Cairns as late in the season as possible to avoid the hot, humid, rainy weather, and visit Tasmania as soon as possible to avoid the chilly winter weather. The...

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Feb 26, 2007 - Sydney wk13 & Mardi Gras

My fourth and, as it would turn out my last, full week of work was the most intense yet. On Monday and Tuesday I worked from 3pm to 1am. Then On Wednesday to 2am. On Thursday the markets crashed and it was monthend as well and I ended up working from 6pm (we were told to come in later when the systems would be ready) to 6am. It was completely insane. I was pushing myself to a limit I have not normally had to go to and this was for a temp job I didn't care about. On Friday it got to 2am and I just walked out, telling them that I had other...

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Feb 20, 2007 - Sydney, AUSTRALIA

20th February We sailed up the east coast of Australia at 28 knots and arrived in Sydney where we were met by hundreds of small boats and scores of helicopters. The shores of Circular Quay were full of thousands of local people. The net effect was amazing and very emotional with several passengers openly crying. In the middle of this emotion were rare and iconic examples of humour!! For example, a Phillipino chap switched on the large security loud speakers which bellowed out the message to the small ships following us "warning, warning,...

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Feb 19, 2007 - Sydney wk12

The next week my working hours got even longer and a couple of nights I was working from 3pm to 1am. I was starting to get really fed up of the job at this point and mid week was doing little more the sleeping, eating and working. Still, only another couple of weeks and then I would resign and have the extra money. Also I would really appreciate not working again! The house situation had not improved and so Layla and myself had to find somewhere else to live. I was leaving Sydney on the 19th March to start travelling round Australia, so it...

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Feb 19, 2007 - The two Queens...

The alarm went off at 5am thismorning and it was still dark outside. The reason for the early start? The Queen Mary 2 was coming into Sydney Harbour at sunrise and we wanted to be there to see it. As we walked round Lavender Bay the sun was rising and when we got the Harbour Bridge it was full of people with cameras and binoculars. It was a pretty impressive sight to see such a huge ship coming into the Harbour. As the sun rose she turned in the harbour, helicopters hovered above and hundreds of people were there to see. After breakfast we...

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Feb 17, 2007 - Sydney

MEL: What a full and satisfying day we had in Sydney! We got up early so we could catch the first bus of the day. We're staying in a campervan park just outside the city, and it takes about an hour to get to the Sydney Harbour. The transit system is really easy to use here, but Hong Kong still wins the award for the dummy-proof transit system. Our day started with a tour of the Opera House. It was really interesting and a lot of history and politicking behind the building of it. In the beginning it was budgeted for $7 million AUS and...

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Feb 17, 2007 - AUSTRALIEN Sydney - Weltstadt und Herr Nilsson

Einen schoeneren Empfang konnte Australien uns nicht bieten. Wir wohnten bei Stedley, einem Freund von Judith aus Neuseeland, in einem kleinen Haus im Gruenen mit einer Veranda die zum taeglichen Cafetrinken und langen Gespraechen nur so einlud. Als wir dann auch das Feuerwerk im Hafen von Sydney, welches als Willkommensgruss fuer die beiden wohl beeindruckensten Kreuzfahschiffe der Welt (die Queen Elizabeth II und die Queen Mary II)zelebriert wurde, beobachten durften war unser Start auf diesem Kontinent mehr als gelungen. Die ersten Tage...

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Feb 15, 2007 - Sydney

It was nice to get a dose of a big city again, although I didn't want my surroundings too urban, so I stayed in nearby Bondi Beach. It's really beautiful there -- the environment and the people. Naturally, I fit right in, haha. It was a little bit of a scene, but manageable, with tasty restaurants and a fine beach out front. I did some surfing while I was there. Nothing too challenging, but it was good to be back in the water after getting the stitches taken out of my head. While in Sydney, I dropped in on some nice friends of my dad's and...

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Ring of Fire Tour

Feb 14, 2007 - Australia Here We Come!!!

So our time was finally up in NZ. We've spent 2 wonderful months here and have loved every minute of it and have become quite attached to the place. We've met the best people and made some really good friends here. It has to be one of the most beautiful places either of us have visted and one day we'll come back. But for now it's about time we had some sun. Australia..... here we come!

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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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