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Oct 10, 2007 - Hi From Oz

Hi to everyone back home in Blighty, I thought I'd let you all know I'm alive and well and loving Australia.The flight over was a bit hardcore, it was a 9 hour flight to our first stop in Bankok and then a 2 and a half hour wait until we got back on the plane and a further 9 hours to Oz. While we were waiting on the plane in London i moved seats with a lass who was getting herself in a right state cus she was on the other side of the plane to her boyfriend. Good old me gave up my seat for her and got jammed between and old belgian guy and a...

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Oct 2, 2007 - MARS 7 - The journey home.

Friday - Saturday, 14-15 September. This final update has taken a little while to get around to, for which I blame a short stint in hospital and a day or so of computer problems - couldn't possibly have been laziness! Maybe it was lethargy, after such a terrific holiday? Whatever the reason, as I look back on the trip, I feel ready for another! Anyway, I thought I had better tidy up the journal with a one last instalment. On the Friday morning, we really appreciated having made the effort to get to a hotel somewhat near to the airport. It...

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MARS 7 Expedition

Sep 29, 2007 - The journey to Australia begins !!

I woke up this morning to Clem walking in the basement door, looking down at me and asking, "what happened to my wife last night?" I grinned as I rolled over from my therma-rest mattress that I had made into my bed in the night and wondered if it was some sort of spiritual sign that I rested better on my camping pad than in my bed. Of course Clem saw it as a sign that his training with me was finally paying rewards and that it was now time to sell the house and move all of our worldly possessions into a 50 pound backpack. He may be right....

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Sep 29, 2007 - Sydney, Australia

We loved Sydney as soon as we arrived, seemed so laid back and actually quite quiet for a large city. We stayed in Big Hostel, which was great, a nice atmosphere and great location, very central. We walked to China Town and the nearby Darling Harbour on the day we arrived (Sat) where there was a Latin American Festival, lots of people, music and food stalls!! On Sunday we walked through Hyde Park and into the Botantical Gardens which had thousands of flying foxes (bats) sleeping in the trees, an amazing sight. We also saw alot of wild...

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Sep 17, 2007 - We are Getting Ready!!!

Hi guys This just the tester!!!. We are packing madly, sort of, and sorting out the last minute things. I have a phone, some new clothes and begin packing in earnest tonite. We leave Moree on Friday and collect Lyn on the way through on Saturday. The plane leaves at 2:20pm on Saturday with arrival time in London about 6am Sunday. The first day is busy to help us combat jet lag, (haHaHa) with a tour of Buck palace and a little stroll into Portobello markets. David is collecting us on the Tuesday and we are off to see the English countryside....

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Sep 11, 2007 - Farewell to Sydney

I still had the car from the weekend away to Port Stephens and so went food shopping the following morning. I went down into the underground carpark at Woolworths and managed to scrape the front corner of the car on a piller when turning a corner! Luckily there was already a small scratch there so I managed to get away with it when I returned the car - although I was sure I looked overtly nonchulant when I told the rental people that there had been no problems and gave them a big smile... Then I met up with my Australian relatives in the...

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Sep 7, 2007 - Caos in Sydney and good news.

Well Ive arrived back in lovely old Sydney again now. You have no idea how much it took me not to go and join my room mate Racheal on the Taka boat trip again. The weather was perfect. If only I hadn't booked my flights, oh and ran out of money. Well I could have afforded it but it would have ment no food and probably sleeping in Hyde park in Sydney. Anyway its not all bad, while I was in Cairns I booked my self on Taka in November for a free trip. Well its not entirley free I do have to work in the kitchen and be a general dogs body but...

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Sep 6, 2007 - Sydney!

At last I have made it, Sydney! After an overnight bus journey I arrive at 6am in the morning, I seem to do that alot! The Apec (huge conference between world leaders) is on so George Bush has just arrived in town and the place is like a ghost town, roads are closed and there are police everywhere! Slightly strange time to arrive in Sydney, but then I always had good timing!!! I'm staying in a place called Glebe which is on the tram line so I can get into the CBD within a few minutes. Of course my first visit has to be the place I have...

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The Great Escape

Aug 30, 2007 - Cuz Ned talks

Whatayou know. A long lost cuz NED decided to get in contact with me through Tims mate Tom Brophy (he was present at the wedding in Nimes. Try spot him in the videos. hes the one always with a beer in hand and a massive boyish smile!!). I decided to publish this email here: Quoted email: Gotta say - YOU are the reason digital cameras were invented. That's a great collection of photos Gus and yourself have! Am sure all is well with yis, so I won't even ask. Just wanted to drop a line to say I bumped into Gus's cousin Ned during the week....

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Aug 29, 2007 - Return to Sydney

I arrived back into Sydney on the Greyhound over Sydney harbour bridge and it was a pleasant feeling coming back. The city looked really spectacular with the tall buildings of the CBD all lit up at night and soon I was in a taxi down to Layla's flat where I would be staying for the next three weeks. It was really cool to see Layla again as it had been a while since we were last together and I soon settled into her flat. The following day was spent chilling out while Layla was at work and then we went shopping in the evening. We ended up...

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Aug 23, 2007 - Home Again

Oakland, California USA I made it back after what felt like FOREVER of airport/plane travel. Lots of time spent waiting in the airport in Darwin (tiny, tropical place) and also in Sydney (huge, international hub). Fortunately, the Sydney airport is set up for sleeping. Lots of rows of seats with no armrests and padded benches. So a lot of people and I curled up with our bags and slept. I had a 7 hour layover in Sydney after flying from Darwin on the Red Eye and had hoped to go into town to walk around and have a look at the Opera House, but...

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Aug 18, 2007 - leaving Australia

After sending little Bandy dog back to Adelaide to stay with my brother, finishing work on Friday, we finished packing and Saturday morning we caught Murray's bus from Canberra to Sydney. After a few bevvies in Qantas club (Pete!...) we boarded our big British Airways plane and started the 23 hr flight to Heathrow. It was a very long flight, absolutely choccas and the woman next to us was afraid of flying (but she was quite nice and gave me a map of the London underground)..so for the occassional yelps from her when we took off at Sydney...

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