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Mar 13, 2006 - Attending the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony rehearsal

My dad was given tickets from his work to attend the second rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games. It was a big event for our little family, as it was one of the first times we had ventured into such a busy environment. We went to the South Melbourne Market the day before for practice, but this was much bigger and noisier. There were about 30,000 people attending, and there was a lot of things happening. I had a couple of snacks with mum and then a bit of a sleep. I wasn't worried about the noise at all. The pre-ceremony 'entertainment'...

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Mar 12, 2006 - Bags packed - very excited

We are all ready to go. One of the last things that we did before we left was to set up a travel journal website. This will allow people to keep up to date with where we are and allow us to download our photos from the digital camera on a regular basis.

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Alexes Abroad

Mar 9, 2006 - Melbourne

Arrived Melbourne about 4pm, had a wander around the city, it seems like a really nice place. The first thing I realised when getting off the plane is i can actually breathe!! its fresh but warm. Liz picked me up from the station and went back to hers - my first time in an Aussie house!!! its really nice to be able to wear no shoes and sit on a sofa without thinking about the dirt and bugs that might be around. Its also lovely to leave your purse lying around and knowing that its not going to get stolen! It really feels like im in a 4*...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Week 7

Wednesday 1st March 2006 We got up and had breakfast at the hostel before catching the bus into the city. We bought a pass for a weeks travel on the train, bus and ferries for $32AUD and the buses are very frequent and it only takes around 10-15 minutes to the city centre. We hopped off the bus outside the Queen Victoria Building or QVB as it is affectionately known out here. It was quite splendid and very grand, almost liek stepping back in time. Only problem was finding the loos! Anna bought a couple of much needed t-shirts and we headed...

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Mar 6, 2006 - Melbourne

Arrived in Melbourne at 0645 this morning after a reasonable all night coach trip. Got what was supposed to be a single room at the YHA which has a double bed and 4 bunks, plenty of room to fall out with myself!!! Walked into the Centre and booked a River Yarra cruise, then went to the Sports Area which has about 5 stadiums including the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground that holds 110K people. Couldn't get a stadium tour as the whole area is being got ready for the Commonwealth Games in just over a week. With a bit of forethought, I could...

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SteveDownunder2006

Mar 4, 2006 - Melbourne

This was the last leg of our trip on the Great Ocean Road. The road was an employment project started by the government after WW1. It took 11 years to build this road and today through the windy basalt rock, we could understand why! Stopped to have a group photo at the Great ocean road sign. The original burned down in 1983 - this was the year of the terrible fires that swept through Australia. Stopped at trendy Lorne; for coffee break. This is the beach spot the wealthy Melbourne people escape to and property prices are incredible. On to...

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Mar 2, 2006 - Melbourne

Donderdag 2/3 Vanmorgen reden we half 8 van de camping, snel nog even wat foto's van het centrum gemaakt en zijn we richting Melbourne gereden. Het was een lange rit, de ene keer zaten we lekker te zingen en daarna om de beurt te slapen. Eindelijk na een rit van 8 uur kwamen we aan in Melbourne, hebben eerst anderhalfuur gereden om de camping te vinden waarbij we midden in het centrum terecht kwamen maar het was ons uiteindelijk toch nog gelukt. Eenmaal op de camping hebben we we helemaal niks meer gedaan en zijn vroeg naar bed...

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Mar 2, 2006 - A Taste of Australia (Melbourne)

Neeta an I have noticed a big difference between the nature of our travels in Japan and the Philippines and our travels in New Zealand and Australia. In Japan and the Philippines, we would find ourselves in unique situations simply by virtue of trying to make our way around the respective countries due to the differences in language, culture and customs. However, in New Zealand and Australia, we find that we are constantly more to do with our interaction with the people of those countries than with seeing actual tourist sites. In New...

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Feb 26, 2006 - Cairns - Melbourne

Hej igen allesammen. Jeg har faaet en del mails fra drengene derhjemme at de gerne vil se nogle af de piger man kan se paa en jordomrejse. Saa jeg har vaeret ved at kigge mine billeder igennem og har ved hjaelp af ganske simpel fototeknik og overtalelsesevne fundet frem til et par stykker som i kan hygge jer med derhjemme. Vaersgo gutter Til jer andre alment interesserede kan jeg sige at jeg nu i dag er landet i Melbourne, som er Kunst, kultur og sportshovedstad i Australien. Om en maanedstid er der baade Commonwelth Games (stort...

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Trip of Life

Feb 22, 2006 - Melbourne

We're now back in Melbourne for a few days before flying back to Sydney. It was sad to give back our campervan. We were hoping to keep it for an extra night, but unfortunately it was booked out the following day. We are now staying in the Greenhouse Backpackers right in the middle of the city. Melbourne seems like a really nice city. Today we went to St Kilda's and had a few hours on the beach. It was a bit windy, but the sun stayed out long enough in the afternoon for us to catch some rays!

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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

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