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Mar 27, 2006 - Neighbours, everybody...

...needs good neighbours etc etc. has been rolling around in my head ever since I landed at Sydney airport yesterday morning - I just can't get the bloody tune out of my head, dammit!! Well, here I am in Sydney and first impressions are really good. Yesterday (Monday) was a bit of a wipe-out as I'd only had about one hour sleep in the previous 24 hours as I was so worried that I'd fall asleep in the airport and miss my plane. Got a taxi from the airport into the city. The taxi driver (Boris from Russia) was really good and gave me a not...

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Oi you! Ugly

Mar 27, 2006 - Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia Tuesday 28th March After flying 3 hours from Christchurch in New Zealand we landed in Sydney, Australia. The airport was pretty big and customs were very strict as we passed through on what we had to declare and what we could bring into the country. As we came out the other side without any problems, we booked a shuttle bus that would take us 20km's into the city centre. A man came to pick us up from the arrivals area and walked us to our shuttle bus. He was foreign and spoke only a little English. As we were walking to...

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Mar 26, 2006 - We made it!!

We FINALLY arrived in Sydney! WOW! Is that a long flight! If there is a next time, I think we will try stopping in Hawaii for a couple of days. Our plane arrived shortly after 8 and Customs and Immigration went smoothly so we were ou tin the airport lobby by 9:05. The same can't be said about our pickup at the airport. With the help of the young lady at the information desk, by 10 we found the rep for the company that was supposed to pick us up. Apparently our driver left early with some other clients. "No worries" as they say here! After...

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Mar 24, 2006 - Leaving Bangkok and The Sukhothai

Did I mention that there are several people on the staff at The Sukhothai whose sole job it is everyday to fold the petals of lotus blossoms? Seriously, all of the flowers in the rooms, restaurants and lobby areas are either orchids, tuberoses or lotus blossoms. All of the lotus blossoms have at least the bottom five rows of petals folded back in either a ribbon or a triangle pattern. I saw two of the women who do that for a living today working on a bunch of blossoms for a wedding that is here. Cool job. Being our last day here in Bangkok...

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Mar 23, 2006 - Australia - Sydney and New Caledonia, almost....

On the 23rd of March we arrived in Sydney after spending a bit more time (5 days!)in Darwin than we thought. We really need to check the dates of our flights more often! Our plan was to take it slowly after our 6000 km road trip and just enjoy the beaches, the good food and see a few of the sights. We also needed time to plan our trip to New Caledonia, our next, pacific paradise, destination. Things went well, we ticked the opera house off our list, checked out a few of Sydney's beaches, booked some great accommodation in New Caledonia and...

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Mar 20, 2006 - Sydney

SYDNEY - with a population of approx 4 million, the whole of Australia has a population of approx. 20 million, by contrast with the 18 million residents of London!! The UK in terms of size though can fit into the area of Australia 20.5 times....the bits of info I pick up! An over-night bus trip from Melbourne with a nutter left me tired on arrival in Sydney and then having to wait a further 7 hours until the hostel would let me check in got me a slight bit annoyed! So a moody myself headed off to sleep on Bondi Beach, and soon everything...

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Mar 19, 2006 - Armenian "Khorovadz"

Written by Sophie We hung around the house and did homework. For supper, we went to Haig's (my dad's cousin) house. They served us a lovely dinner. He has a special and "secret" way of marinating the meet before the barbeque. Dad called it "khorovadz" - Armenian for barbeque. The Potatoes were "dreamy" and to die for too. Renee, Meagan and Larissa went back home because it was getting late. Sarah and I played on the piano. Rosie, Haig's wife, showed us this Armenian string instrument (like a harp) called kanon. Then she played on this super...

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ARE WE THERE YET?

Mar 15, 2006 - Sydney, Australia

My first two days in Sydney kind of sucked to be honest. The weather was crap, I was tired from my lack of sleep and I was really missing New Zealand. I did get to meet up with my friend Nick who I met on the Kiwi bus (he was the guy I went Zorbing with) for dinner, which was really nice. He was only in Sydeny for two more days by the time I got there so we went out my first night in. We had trouble finding each other in this city, mostly due to the fact that I had just arrived and had no idea where anything was, and also becuase I couldn't...

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Mar 15, 2006 - Sydney

Arrived about 12.30!! so glad that was my last Greyhound trip....for a while anyway! Went striaght out as i arrived in my dorm to a woman about 45 ish with an older man in her bunk!! interesting!! and a female only bunk!! she felt the need to say they were just sleeping so i went straight out!!! Weather is pretty overcast, raining on and off, rain forecast for my last day tomorrow too! Walked to Bondi...sorry clare didnt make it to the beach, got distracted by shops at bondi junction then walked back via Kingscross!! Interesting place!!...

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Mar 14, 2006 - Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie

G'day mate! Havent updated for a bit, so its quite a long'en. I am now in the land of the convicts and Thailand seems a far cry away. On the plane I was lucky enough to be sat next to a girl I met in Ko Pha-Ngan so I was saved the usual wittering old lady or chronically obese guy who usually seem to sit next to me. Since my arrival in Sydney there has been absolutely no time to relax as there has been so much to do. Checked into a brilliant hostel called WakeUp! that got voted the best in the world. Good start! It was my first night staying...

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Bobby on Tour 2006

Mar 14, 2006 - Sydney The final act

I'm in my 4th Australian state in as many days and I was feeling a state to tell you the truth but the whistlestop tour must go on. Sydney leg and this was the place I have had the most fun and I was glad to be back 1 last time. I stashed my backpack at the airport and took a few belongings that would last me the night till I returned on the morrow , so what should I do , where should I go? Randwick was the choice even though most nutters had left I knew Simon was about so planned to meet him after work in our old local The Royal. I...

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JIMS ON HIS JOLLIES

Mar 9, 2006 - Jervis Bay to Sydney

Aussie Land March 9th scripted by David: We drove from Jervis Bay to Sydney today. Not very exciting and almost uneventful, that is until we got to Sydney. What made Sydney different you ask? Let me just say if you ever get the chance to drive in Sydney...don't! Let me make this point perfectly clear...avoid driving in Sydney at all cost! If you want to go left...sorry only right turn allowed. If you want to go right...sorry left turns only. Oh, don't look for a gas station in down town Sydney, they don't exist. Parking, only at your own...

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