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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 - 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 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 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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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 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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