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Mar 31, 2014 - Hobart, Tasmania

We woke to a pleasant morning, chatted with some neighbors, and prepared to continue our journey to Hobart. Wait a minute - my internet access stopped working. Learned a little bit more about the Telstra pay-as-you-go internet device. Stopped for a walk in New Norfolk and managed to have hot chocolate, a sweet, and internet access. We finally left the mountains, and enjoyed the drive down the river valley toward Hobart. One of our first stops as we neared the city was the Cadberry factory. No factory tour and only a few free samples, but a...

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Mar 27, 2014 - WRANS Reunion

Arrived at the Wrest Point Casino and got settled, then headed down to wait for Helen's bus to arrive. Coral was on it too, so was a great, warm reunion for us. Sue and Shirl arrived the next day, just before Pete left with Shane to spend the weekend with him and Eilishe. Caught up with some of my "old" friends from back in the 70s - Di, Merri, Rusty (?), Pauline, Gaynor, Jan, Joan - and many more who I did not know back then - but who cared whether we served together, or not??? We were all ex WRANS, so all became friends!! Had lunch on...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Day in Hobart, Australia

The six of us took a cab up to Mt. Wellington, which is 4,167 feet above sea level. Whar beautiful views of distant mountain range and the city below. Went back to the city, walked around to see some of sights. Homes sell around a million or more and they are small. Had lunch at small sidewalk cafe. Dennis went back to ship early. He has bad cold and cough, which he gave to all of us but Mike, he is sweet though.

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Mar 3, 2014 - At sea

We were told this morning we would not be going to the Fjords of Milford Sounds and to Dunedin. There is a storm with high winds in that area. we will be going to Wellington and adding in Picton, New Zealand. We have set up a private tour for the 6 of us. We will be in Wellington for 1 1/2 days.

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Feb 27, 2014 - Tasmania

We are in Tasmania, and we have learned that Tasmania is a state of Australia. I had always thought that it was a separate country. These trips are good for learning about geography :-). The ship is docked in Hobart but we will be sailing in about an hour. It will take us two sailing days to get to New Zealand, and then we will cruise the Milford Sound. Three days before we can go ashore again. I have a couple of cooking classes lined up for a break from the boredom! Unfortunately our physical limitations are taking their toll. We had...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Hobart to Bruny Island

Yesterday (Saturday) we picked up our car. We had a little difficulty navigating our way out of the city, what with driving on the left, one-way streets, slightly different shift pattern, etc. We drove up to the top of Mt Wellington—very narrow, winding road, and Larry was getting used to driving on the left. He kept drifting too far to the left, trying to avoid the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, there was not a lot of traffic. We could see a long way from the top of the mountain, but it was kind of hazy, perhaps as a result of bush fires...

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Feb 8, 2014 - A day in Hobart

At breakfast yesterday we noted in the paper that Australia is hosting Russia in a Fed Cup (women's tennis) match here in Hobart this weekend! The Russians have sent a young team of unknowns, but we got to watch them practice yesterday afternoon--for free! Got quite a sunburn in the process, too. First we walked to downtown, got a SIM card for my phone, got a National Parks pass and some local info (but no sunscreen), then we went down to the waterfront on the River Derwent. Quite a few nice sailing vessels--there is a Regatta here this...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Hobart

Well, it is Friday morning. We got to our B&B in Hobart last night, and Larry collapsed. He didn't really sleep on the plane, and it was something like 33 hours after we left Evan and Emily's in Seattle. In the last 12 hours, he has slept at least 10. I was too wound up to sleep right away, so I explored the neighborhood and read for a while. By 9 pm, I, too, was ready to sleep. Today we plan to explore Hobart.

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Feb 1, 2014 - Salamanca Market

Being Saturday we went to the Salamanka Markets, as big as it ever was but nothing really new. Parking was at a premium so we parked up at the Queens Domain Gardens and walked into town. The Cruise ship the Diamond Princess was also in at port so you can imagine the crowds but it all adds to the atmosphere. Walked around town as we needed to get some printing done and then back down to Constitution Dock for lunch of Flathead and chips, then just sat. We have seen a lot of these new wind turbines ( at least that is what I think they are) in...

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Jan 30, 2014 - MONA

We were recommended to go to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). The exhibit was on “human Nature” and it has been running for almost a year. What a mind bender!!. Everything from death, destruction modern interpretations of how the mind works even to a pooping machine. It is the closest model they have of how the digestive system works. It is fed at about 11 and it goes through 4 different processes until it poops. The room stunk so we didn’t hang around for long. The fat car, a Porsche body that has been blown up like a balloon and even the...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Tasmania and the Overland Track

Hi everyone from sunny Tasmania, When we last left you we were preparing to travel back to Sydney by train. We managed to get to our hotel using two trains to get us to the airport. This hotel was far too nice but ideally located right next to the airport. Having spent 2 months living between the tent and hostels we felt a bit out of place in the enormous lobby and when we reached our room it took us a while to locate some decent clothes and work out how to order the movie channel etc etc... We had a nice meal and afterwards retired to our...

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Nov 22, 2013 - Hobart

(Ben) It felt a little like child abuse but we made the decision the next morning to drive to Hobart even with two very sick and miserable kids. Beside the lake where we were would have been just as nice a spot to spend another day convalescing but it appeared there was bad weather on the way and we didn't fancy a windy, sleepless night in the middle of nowhere with sick kids. With an adult in between the two invalids in the back seat we embarked on the few hours of drive. They weren't happy (who can blame them?) but they really did...

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