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Feb 22, 2006 - Australia - Melbourne, a western experience with Dutch food

After 4 months of travelling we finally arrived in Australia. We have to admit it's quite nice to be in a country where people don't stare at you all the time or (in Bregje's case) try to touch your arm to see if the white will come off... or (in Guido's case) try to stand next to you and make a sneaky picture while they obviously can't believe how tall he is. But hey, wasn't the whole point of travelling meeting new cultures? But...how sweet it is to be anonymous again. But the disadvantage of travelling through Australia is that we can't...

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Feb 19, 2006 - Posting from Melbourne, Australia

Sunday, February 19, 2006 Melbourne, Australia We arrived in Melbourne at 5pm on Saturday and will leave at 11pm tonight (Sunday). They had one tour yesterday from 5pm to 11pm to see the Penguins on Phillip Island. They come ashore in the evenings to sleep so you can only see them after about 9pm. I did not go on that tour since I saw (and smelled) plenty of penguins in Antarctica a few years ago. Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia (largest city is Sydney) and there is quite a bit of rivalry between the two cities. It reminds...

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Norma's World Cruise

Feb 15, 2006 - I'm being born! Yah!

This is the scheduled date for my birth. Hopefully I will be born at Frances Perry House, which is the private ward of the Royal Women's Hospital - that is if I'm not born on the back seat of mummy and daddy's car. Daddy got the extra information below about Frances Perry from the internet - which makes me think all the comments in the guest book about the time my dad spends on the internet might be true. Frances Perry House Frances Perry House is an 88 bed specialist private hospital located in Carlton, a few kilometres from Melbourne's...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Melbourne

Just a quick stop-over in Melbourne for 3 days on my way to Perth...but I will return again next month! I flew up from Christchurch by myself as my flight was at a ridiculously early time due to restrictions placed on the round-the-world aka cheap seats ticket. No problem though - although I wasn't able to check-in to the apartment in South Yarra (a posh part!) I was able to go and use the steam room, swimming pool and shower, so that did me okay... Met up with Lezanne and Heath before lunch and we did outside dining! Then was treated to...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Queen Victoria Market - Melbourne

I am now in the City of Melbourne. This is a funky, cosmopolitan City and boasts a great atmosphere! Today I went to the Queen Victoria Market, which has been recommended to me by many people. It is all hustle and bustle, with some great stalls and entertainment all over the place. After wiling away a good few hours there, I headed for Federation Square in the main city, which is mainly cafe's, street entertainers, etc. After chilling out to some jazz music in the sunshine for a while I headed for the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are...

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She's On Her Way!

Feb 8, 2006 - Ayers Rock Resort to Melbourne

Now with us being unable to get to Darwin - it kinda ruined our plans of hiring a car to continue the rest of our journey. We had investigated the option of hiring a car from Alice Springs to Adelaide / Melbourne but we struggled to find someone who would allow us a one way trip - those that did allow were at vast expense - too much money for us. We looked at the other options - The Ghan train and the Greyhound bus but they too were at vast expense - it was cheaper to fly. So when we were booking our flight from Broome to Ayers Rock we...

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Feb 7, 2006 - Mark - to Melbourne, via the Blue Monutains and the South Coast

Mark - From Sydney I went out to the Blue Mountains - they are so named because, from Sydney, they look blue. They are clad in vast forests of eucalypts, which in the hot sun discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil from their leaves. The mist refracts light, which makes the haze look blue at a distance. Staying in the small town of Katoomba for a few days. It was good to get out of the city and into the beautiful countryside, the change of pace was a big shock - with the town closing down around 8.00pm. There was some great hiking trails...

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Feb 4, 2006 - Mamsie!!

Daar is ze dan!!! Het is echt SUPER om haar weer te zien! (Ik moets wel helemaal naar het vliegveld komen om d'r op te halen..haha) De eerste twee nachten dat we samen in Melbourne waren was in een hostel in het midden van het centrum. Dat was een beetje TE luidruchtig voor madam... (en dat terwijl ze me altijd heeft gezegt dat het d'r niet uit maakte dat we in hostels zouden verblijven..) Je bent vergeven moeders! Wamt daardoor hebben we bijna de rest van de trip in hotels geslapen!! Dat was wel ff luxe na al die hostels voor zo lang!...

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Jan 31, 2006 - Melbourne

Arriving in the Melbourne area we stayed at Geelong right on the beach but the weather has been our worst in Australia cloud and rain. Had a drive through Melbourne and surrounding areas and a look round and Geelong town avoiding all the bush fires on the way, before deciding to give the van back early and have a 2 week stop in Thailand before flying home. We have lots of washing to do and are pretty tired from all the driving and exploring and not sleeping to well especially as it has been so hot, but have loved every minute of it.

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Jan 29, 2006 - Ken in Melbourne

Ken's ship, a freighter named the Baltrum Trader, has a Philipino crew and European, mostly German, officers. His cabin is a single cabin up four flights of stairs! However it has a bathroom and a fridge, so he was happy. He should be in Melbourne now. It does round trips of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur) and Singapore. Because it stops in KL first we decided to forgo Singapore and start our trip in Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia. Elaine's parents, brothers and sisters live there. We hope to catch up with them.

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Jan 25, 2006 - Victoria's secrets

So the plan was to pick up a hire car from kings cross at 11 am pack car full of surfboards etc ,drive to Shepparton in 2 hour shifts of driving, meet his mom and pop and go out for a few drinkies to meet the local wildlife. Half past 4 that avo we said our final goodbyes and drove off in the rush hour traffic the wrong way!By 5 we were finally out of Sydney with 600 k's ahead of us. We had 1 thing going for us . The car we had hired was a belter, Mitsubitshi Magna station wagon with all the mod cons, so good was this car it told you when...

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JIMS ON HIS JOLLIES

Jan 24, 2006 - Melbourne!

Back on the mainland! Eindelijk aangekomen met de boot. The "Spirit of Tasmania". Was eem reis van 11 uur, maar gelukkig heb ik er 8 van geslapen. Ik heb hier afgesproken met een paar meiden die ik ken van de Jackeroo/Jillaroo. Beide duits, en ik heb ongeveer een week met ze opgetrokken. Was erg gezellig! Hebben een beetje van de stad gezien, maar verder weinig ondernomen. Het enige dat we gedaan hebben is het aquarium. Dat was erg mooi, en nog leuk ook! Ze hadden zelfs een attractie, een visueel ding waar je wel alle g-krachten kon...

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