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Oct 26, 2017 - I'm going home

Wow! I'm a bit speechless. 50 days on vacation, so far away from home, meeting some extraordinary people, and having some unforgettable memories. Im heading to the airport a bit early. Reports of a train delay, so I'm giving myself a cushion. Got to the airport, checked in with some extra scrutiny that started today, and got the express pass thru security lines because I'm flying business. Flight doesn't board for 2hrs, but they give me free breakfast, so I'm making the most of it. It's time to board... I don't wanna go... getting a bit...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Touring Manly Beach

October 23, 2017-Another recommendation I had gotten was to go to Manly beach and have lunch. So this involved taking a ferry ride to Manly Beach and then walking around. We caught the morning ferry, watching all the commuters come off and we got on. When we arrived at Manly Beach, we checked into the visitors center to see what there was to do and how to get to the beach. Turns out that a small aquarium within waqlking distance had some underwater tubes we could walk through and see ocean fish. So we walked over to this center, passing...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Back in Sydney

Ughhh so tired. Woke up at 230, showered, finished packing, checked out, and jumped on the shuttle to the airport. Shannon, Jessica, and I shared the shuttle so we'd get a 50% discount! Went thru security and cleared customs out of NZ. Boarded the plane and almost immediately fell asleep. Woke up a bit thru the flight and realized I missed my breakfast meal! That's ok, I was more tired than hungry, so I went back to sleep. About 30 minutes left out of the 3.5hr flight, I finally woke up. Good thing I did. Got an amazing view of Sydney from...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Sydney and surrounding

We have successfully arrive upon the shores of Australia. Before meeting our friend Cate we had a couple hours to kill so felt the best thing was to head to the harbor and get pictures of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. We navigated the train system to and from the harbor and then to Sutherland station to meet Cate. With Cate we did a little site seeing from the car along the cliff drive. We also stopped a popular handglider spot, and saw 6 different gliders. Which by the way a Lawrence Hargrave invented. I also fell asleep...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Touring Sydney and Bondi Beach

October 22 2017- We had a full day in Sydney, so we got the Hop on Hop off bus and toured the sights until we got off at Bondi Beach. Our goal was the Bondi Beach Club for lunch, but when we got there it was plain that without reservations we could not get in. So we walked around it, took pictures, and then found another beach side restaurant that was delicious. Up to this point it had been a beautiful day, but when we finished our lunch the skies opened. We were about as far away from our hotel as we could be on the Hop On/Hop Off, and...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Flying into Sydney and doing the Opera House

October 21 2017-Another travel day—took a rainy, windy ride down to Brisbane Airport, then a flight over to Sydney. Here we separated from our Adventure Caravan group and went to the Marriott Sydney Harbor hotel. We had made our own arrrangements for the Sydney portion of the trip. We used points for a nice room at the Sydney Harbor Marriott, which, as the name implies, is right at the harbor. We were walking distance to great views of the Sudney harbor bridge, and we could easily walk to the Sydney Opera House. In fact, we learned that a...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Sydney

After a very long 15 hour flight we arrived in sunny Sydney. Our hotel room wasn’t ready so we went for a walk to the Botanical Gardens on the harbor for our first glimpse of the roof of the Sydney Opera House shining in the sunshine. We didn’t have a lot of energy so we sat on a park bench and enjoyed the park. Once back at the hotel we crashed out for few hours, woke up feeling better and went out for dinner. Hyde Park was turned into a huge open air Noodle market with open air eating places from every Asian market you can think of. There...

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gerviv in Oz

Oct 15, 2017 - Off to New Zealand part 1

Ugghhh. Only got a couple hours sleep. Woke up just after 4am. I was worried I wouldn't wake up in time to catch the shuttle to the airport. Showered and headed downstairs to the lobby to meet with Sophie, who was also catching an early ass flight. After getting to the airport, I was still a tad too early to check my bag, so I just waited around. Finally checked into my flight, made my way thru security, and found a restaurant to eat breakfast. Flight was delayed about 45 minutes, but boarded and strapped in got my 3hr flight to New...

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Oct 14, 2017 - In Sydney!

arrived into Sydney and it was just as I had imagined... a big city located right on harbor. Drove over the Sydney Bridge and saw an amazing view of the Opera house. We stopped in front of our hostel and we unloaded our bags. I didn't realize how many people weren't staying in the same hostel. So we drop our bags off and meet downstairs for dinner. Marin and Linda walked over from their hostel to eat with us. We decided to eat at Harbor bay. Took a bit to walk there, but def worth it. All the restaurants were a tad expensive so we decided...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Australia

This week I made the short hop across the Tasman to Australia for a lovely week in the sunshine. I spent the first half of the week staying with relatives in beautiful Wollongong, about an hour and 20 minutes outside of Sydney along the coast. It's a lovely little harbour town with great restaurants, gorgeous beaches, a theatre, good shopping and in the shadow of Mount Kiera. We drove up to the Mount Kiera lookout one day which offered incredible views of the whole coast and townships, including Kiama, Shell Harbour and Corrimal where we...

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Sep 6, 2017 - Getting underway!

So, we're finally underway! After a few months of planning our first holiday in New Zealand has begun. It was a pretty low key day, really. Just a train ride from Newcastle to Sydney and a night in the airport hotel. Train ride was fine (for Australia) and the hotel is good. In the morning, we will just have a 15 minute walk to the airport - heaps better than getting up at 4:30 tomorrow morning! Anyway, we are going to get a good night's sleep and let you know more tomorrow. Happy trails, RandA

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Aug 29, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney

All three flights went smoothly Love that airplane food Our last plane was a double decker The end of our last flight Doug picked us up from the airport Safely back in Australia I will continue this blog until we arrive back in Canberra If you want to leave a comment or message you can still do that by pushing "leave a message " You can also still read other comments by pushing "guestbook "

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