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Jan 7, 2008 - Sydney, Ho!

Just a short entry right now - Don, Kyle and Meg still sleeping, Cam is on the phone trying to figure out his international cell phone sim card with the phone company. I'm sitting in the internet cafe in the lobby of our hostel in central Sydney. First time I've stayed anywhere like this, and I must say it is an experience! Megan is uncomfortable because she says she's the youngest one here. I felt a little awkward last night because I felt about 20 years older than the closest person to my age - funny how we both felt the same way from...

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Jan 7, 2008 - Sydney

Spent a few days in the Sydney area, enjoying the great beaches at Bondi, Coogee and Manley and seeing the sights including of course the opera house, the bridge and the old town (the rocks)including the Lord Nelson - one of the very old pubs here. We walked and swam in the royal national park and saw some aboriginal rock carvings. We got wet in the Blue Mountains where we went canyoning with Kate and Andy (LUPC)It was great but unfortunately it was wet from the rain, rather than a wet canyon! It was also the first time we've used our...

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Jan 3, 2008 - Sydney

So we finally made it to Sydney. We had a good day today. We walked across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and went up the Southern Pylon to have a good look around. Pretty nice views!! We walked down through Circular Quay and over to the Sydney Opera House and went through the Botanical Gardens to Mrs Macquarie's Chair which looks back at the Bridge and the Opera House. It was pretty awesome to see these things in person for the first time. The second day we went up the Center Point Tower (Its pretty much the CN Tower) and had a look around...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Sydney - Day 4 - NYE

So this is the big day !! We headed to the harbour at 9 am as advised by locals to get a good spot for the fireworks at night. We arrived at the Domain, the prepared area in the Botanical Gardens, only to find about 2000 people already queuing. But - as usual - there's always a way for us and we got a fantastic spot at Maquarie's Point. Basically we spent the whole day on this spot, wondering around the park in turns not to give it up, drinking and eating, enjoying the time with our Japanese neighbours. Finally at 9 pm we saw the Family...

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Dec 31, 2007 - NYE Sydney Style!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!! Hope you all had a wicked one and sending you all so much love at the start of 2008! Our New Year was truly astounding - we were there, in Sydney Harbour, along with over a million other people to see in 2008 and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!! Another once in a lifetime experience. We arrived at 1pm and waited 11 hours to see in the New Year. Such a wicked day. All of the new arrivals were there with us and as midnight came in, the fireworks went off and blew us all away. We could not believe our eyes. Here's...

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Dec 31, 2007 - Ayers Rock to Sydney

This morning we are making our way back to Sydney to ring in the new year. We have a 12:30 p.m. flight which gets us in to Sydney at about 5:00 p.m. and not much time to find a New Years Eve venue as we hadn't booked anything in advance. As the plane took off we managed to get a few pictures (although a little blurry thru the window of the plane) of the area around the Red Centre, unfortunately though, none of Uluru as we were sitting on the wrong side of the plane. As we approached Sydney we also snapped a few pictures of the...

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Dec 30, 2007 - Sydney - Day 3

Today we continued with the sightseeing and went to the Sydney Aquarium. Of course the most exciting part of it was the Oceanium with all the sharks and rays. They even improved it from my last visit. Afterwards we headed to Sydney Tower to get some views over the whole harbour and the city. Spectacular ! In the afternoon we moved to another hotel and went out for dinner again, this time Darling Harbour - very romantic with all the lights on at night...

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Dec 28, 2007 - Sydney - Day 1

After arrival at Sydney airport we pass the immigration and customs smoothly and head straight to our hotel in Darling Harbour where we had booked an early Check-In so we just refresh quickly and start exploring. Sam is on his first visit, but for me it is very strange as a lot has changed since I've been here 9 years ago, but on the other hand some things are exactly the same. We walk all through Darling Harbour and the Rocks to Circular Quay. It is very sunny and of course I get burned even with high-factor sunscreen. In the afternoon we...

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Dec 24, 2007 - 6 hours of Christmas In Sydney

It was a 2 hour roadtrip to get me back to Sydney from Vipassana. The 2 gents I travelled with were great to chat with - although the sound of voices after such a long time without them is strange. Still, we couldn't stop the chatter and I wound up back in Sydney with a seriously blown mind. Robbie and I worked to mend this mind when I turned up by hitting Bobbie's Cafe accross the road for some roadside chilling. A banana smoothie probably wasn't the best move after such healthy food for those 10 days, but whattayagonnado? It call me...

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The Journey East

Dec 22, 2007 - Backwards Christmas!

I arrive back in Sydney 3 days before Christmas, it doesn't feel like christmas the temp is high 20's and I feel like it should be August not December this is going to be a very strange christmas! I am staying in King's Cross, or the Cross! For those of you who know Sydney the reaction will be "WHY OH WHY!" The Cross isn't exactly Kensington now, more Soho. That is it's full of Strip clubs and is not a place to walk on your own at Night, few ladies of the Night and other coulorful characters sall we say, you wouldn't want to get too drunk...

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The Great Escape

Dec 21, 2007 - Party time in Bondi!

We arrived back from Bondi and it was time to party!!!!! Mark and Soph had finished from work until the 30th January and the wedding season had truly begun. So we hit the Thai and then came home to hit the bottle of marmalade - a bottle of mandarin liquer Soph got given for Christmas. Here are the civilised pics......

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Dec 19, 2007 - Thought I'd fallen off the face huh...Sorry but no!!!

greetings and here at last is the bit where I tell you that we made it to Sydney. I must firstly apologize for the huge delay in putting up this last page. I've been working on an excuse but the only word I could come up with is not surprisingly BEER. Yep since arriving in Darwin we must have uped our already high daily volumes. Anyway on to the story of the final few weeks. Mr Punch and myself left the Thai islands and had a couple of days back in Singapore. Our flight over to Darwin was a most popular choice with many of our fellow EOEers...

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