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Mar 18, 2013 - The Prep

Today was my first real attempt at packing. With three weeks to go before I fly out of Melbourne, I know that packing and unpacking is yet to take place many, many more times before I leave. Good grief. How does one, and what does one, pack to get them through 9 months of living overseas? Especially not really knowing if you are going to be living in one location (provided you find a job in your town of choice) or, if you'll need to settle for another city with a completely different climate to your town of first choice. Then there is the...

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Mar 15, 2013 - Auckland, New Zealand

Well we are in our final hotel and will fly home tomorrow. We leave Auckland, NZ for Brisbane, AU at 6 in the morning arriving, after 3 flights, in FT. Walton sometime around 7:30 tomorrow night :-) we have had a wonderful time but we are both ready to be home! I tried to add some pictures to tonight's journal but I could not figure it out. I am just going to wait until I get home to publish those. I'm sorry. I hope you have all been doing great! I miss you! I do not like being electronic free! I enjoy keeping in touch with my friends and...

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Mar 9, 2013 - A-Van preparation

Well we have done the 4WD course (very knowledgeable and experienced instructor who gave us many tips on using our vehicle, including using some gear settings we didn't know were there!) so one of the final jobs is to have an Anderson plug fitted to enable the car battery to charge our camper battery while we are driving. After that we need to find out in the last few days before we leave whether all we plan to pack will actually fit without adding too much weight, so no doubt we shall have to cull some things to make sure we aren't making...

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Feb 28, 2013 - Leaving Melbourne

After a few pleasant delays we finally left Belinda and Simon's place this morning and headed for Bairnsdale to see our good friends Shane and Kathy. Victoria is having extraordinarily hot weather for March. Consistently in the mid 30's and breaking the records. It took us about 3.1/2 hours to get there. We arrived just in time for one of Kathy's delicious dinners. What a magnificent spot this is.

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Feb 27, 2013 - Getting Ready

We've been getting the motorhome ready for a while and we are excited about the forthcoming journey. We have sold our home of 25 years to lovely people and we are looking forward to crossing this great continent and exploring our land. We go from 90 squares to 2 squares but we feel we are ready to adjust to that and call TRUK42 home for the next year or so. We saw David's sisters before we left. It's hard to get to get them all together, so it was a special time.

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Feb 23, 2013 - Melbourne

So today was the start of our new itinerary. Instead of continuing on north of Noosa to Cairns. We decided to try and dodge some possibly rainy weather and take off to Melbourne. We left our airport hotel at 6:30a.m to catch our early flight. Tough to leave when it was 24 above right after sunrise. But we were trading that in for 34 above. We had a 2 hour flight south. After locating our car rental company, we were treated to a free car upgrade because they were out of the one we booked. So we got an Audi instead of a VW, so we didn't...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Melbourne - Goodbye Australia

We managed to sleep in the coach again although was woken up at 1am when we got to Canberra and loads of business men got on and the bus was full. When we arrived at Habitat our hostel in St. Kilda, Melbourne it was really nice and my friend 'sticky' Nicola was there. We met up with her in Sydney but is a friend from home through Gemma I went to Turkey with her a few years ago! Was lovely seeing her again and she made us tea and let us dump our bags in her room and shower as it was only 8am and check in is 2pm. Today is St.Kilda festival,...

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Feb 10, 2013 - A day in the wine region.

Thomas and Erica took us on a wine tour today. Erica was party leader and had our tour mapped out. How wonderful to have such an activity on your doorstep. At the winery Jay and I tasted the whole range, starting with sparkling and ending with desert wine. Ten tastings for $5, not bad value at all. After viewing a couple of wineries we moved on to Pier 10 for a superb lunch and a couple of bottles of wine. The weather again was beautiful. We then moved onto a strawberry farm that sold all manner of products including amazing deserts made...

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Feb 9, 2013 - Tom & Erica can organise a piss up in a brewery

Breakfast at the Langham was superb. Erica and Tom took us to the Southern Melbourne market. A fresh meat, fish and vegetable market along with little cafe bars and all other types of goods. As it is Chinese New Year, Chinese artists were performing a dragon dance amongst the stalls making a fine old racket. Quite a spectacle really. After dropping Jay back at the house so that he could catch up on his beauty sleep, the four of us went house hunting. This is quite an experience in itself. Houses up for sale have a half hour - an hour time...

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Feb 9, 2013 - MELBOURNE

So we're just finishing up on our first week of our travels which was spent in Melbourne and has all been amazing so far. Our first day here we spent at the beach of Melbourne's coast line in a place called St Kilda- a pretty, scenic sea side town. We met up with some friends from home and we were both keen to see some sun and sand after leaving the rain and snow behind in the UK. Day 2 we had a coach trip to Philip Island to see the cute fairy penguins and en route stopped at a heritage farm followed by another stop at a koala...

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Feb 8, 2013 - At the Langham

Today we drove into Melbourne. Erica had arranged for us to stay at the Langham Hotel. May I say if ever you stay in Melbourne then stay at the Langham, it is superb. Roger and I took the free CIty CIrcle tram around Melbourne and saw the city sights. Very nice and because it was a circle line we couldn't really get lost. For a free tram it wasn't too bad. We had a walk through the alley ways and realised it was quite a trendy area. After meeting Jay and settling him into the hotel we then went for liquid refreshment in a bar in the middle...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Train to Melbourne

Another hot day in Melbourne. Today we took the train from Frankston to Melbourne in order to meet Jay and his friend Genevieve. We met them in an old pub opposite Flinders Street station. Melbourne is a lively, cosmopolitan city and guess what it has where we went to eat? Yes you've got it - China Town. We ate in a restaurant called The Dumpling House, were they trying to tell me something, I haven't put that much weight on since I've been here. Next door to the restaurant was a bar that mainly back packers used. It didn't have tables and...

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