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Apr 7, 2013 - Leaving Home

Wow. I was so emotional leaving home. I even surprised myself. And it was all because of the cats. I know, logically, that they’ll be fine but emotionally, I just felt so, so guilty. It was so nice to have some friends and family see me off at the airport. Very much appreciated! I loved the Saint Christopher pendant my Godfather Michael gave me to protect me on my travels, and also the very funny photo key chain that Nadia gave me so I wouldn’t forget my friends. As if I would!

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Apr 7, 2013 - Melbourne - Sunday 7/4/2013

What a terrible sleep,there were people coming and going all through the night banging doors,and the room was lit up like a Christmas tree because of all the lights they have out side . We didn't even need an alarm to wake us up by 7am,another bang of a door and my eyes opened wide,into the shower and over to check out,the bus was taking us to the airport,by 8.30 we were all checked in and heading to the Qantas Lounge for a light breakfast of Bircher muesli and Mal raisin bread. The announcement came over at 9.40 the plane was...

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Apr 4, 2013 - In panic-mode

Well, it is Thursday today - although I have spent the day convinced it was Friday. And in fact, as I was typing that first sentence, I typed "it is Friday today". My brain is running at a million miles an hour. Unfortunately, it isn't running in any specific direction - it is all over the place. Tasks are being ticked off the 'to do' list, but I also have List B in my brain. So, that's pretty much a guarantee that nothing on List B will get done and I will spend the next 3 days with a furrowed brow, continually mumbling to myself "I'm sure...

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Apr 3, 2013 - Preparations officially commence!

Good Evening Europe! This is a message from the Eee-Vee-You, wishing you an ah-may-zing Eurovision 2013. Hello, Gavin here, sending out our first official journal blog entry for their Eurovision 2013 trip. Only 35 days to go and so much to organise. For example, we haven't done our first test suitcase pack yet!! The pressure's on for sure now. We're hoping to do the travel blog again for this trip, and hoping to add in all sorts of fun photos and stories of how we endured standing for 5 hours in the Arena, or unable to see the show because...

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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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