Blogs from Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta May 14th 2012

Below us is a barge, a dot in the bright blue Pacific Ocean. In the distance is my home. 16 hours since I left Los Angeles I thought of the ease it was to get here. One time in Africa I waited 24 hours just for a bus to leave the bus station, now I’m almost home. I was flying with a Fijian airline, Air Pacific and couldn’t help but link the closeness of the name to the TV series Lost’s airline, “Air Oceanic.” All we needed now was to land safely. As the great city of Sydney came in the line of sight, the plane would provide the greatest show any airline has provided upon my return. At times it was as if the planes wings were touching the rooves of the houses below as ... read more
JP2 - Rat Temple, Bikiner, India
JP4 - Tulips, Kazakhstan
JP5 - Lion Park Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta May 21st 2011

After the crazy shenanigans last night I pretty much had missed all the sessions on the final day of Pre-con. I had a few hours to spare so I wander around the House of Friendship, a gigantic hall with various stalls either selling products (water filters etc.) or promoting a various cause (like a project regarding literacy). With hundreds of stalls it was quite overwhelming. They also had an area for a band, a childrens area, internet cafe and parade. One water filter was only $40 and relied only on gravity to pass the water though a 0.1 micron filter. It was also reusable and can be cleaned by backwashing it. Perhaps we could have a project to raise money to send these filters to areas where clean water is not available. In the afternoon it ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta May 9th 2011

Ok, so, I had the whole of today to pack and make my sleeping bag liner but being me, I slept in, watched TV and then had an afternoon nap. When I was actually ready to get up it was 5pm. I was pumped. I busted out mum's old sewing machine, actually, its pretty ancient. They don't make them the way they used to. This should have been a 30 min job but being the idiot that I was, I measured the width from my legs so after I finished it, it was WAY too tight. Since I didn't have another sheet to start over I had to tack on some extra material to make it fit. So a 30 min job led to a 3hr job. After much sewing and then unpicking I had FINALLY ... read more
sleeping bag liner

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta May 8th 2011

- Clean house after party, check. - Tidy up all my stuff which has accumulated around the house, check. - Sorted money and travel docs, check. - Beef up mp3 player with music, check. - Pack my backpack...... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta February 19th 2011

Howdy Time is flying too fast ! Less than a week to go before having to return. But let's not think about that. Saturday Feb 19th was a very hot and sunny day. So I started off with a nice swim at Sydney's North Olympic Pool. The pool from in which you have full frontal view on the Harbour Bridge. Despite that I will go on Monday to Bondi with my buddy Jason, I decided to go to Bondi as well on this nice day. After all, imagine that Monday would be a bad day from a weahter point of view. So what do u get if the weather is good and it is a Saturday : lots of people enjoying the beach. Fantastic. Even more fantastic was my walk into Cogee. I have done it ... read more


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta January 30th 2011

There are few skylines as iconic as that which greeted us through our plane window on the 17th of January. As the flight finally bumped its way out of thick cloud, that was actually the tail end of the cyclones that had wreaked havoc in Queensland, we glimpsed the majestic arch of the Harbour Bridge. Beyond it, caught in a single shaft of summer sun, sat the famous Opera House. Kasia, for whom Sydney had been home for a while 10 years ago, was beyond excited to be revisiting her old stomping ground and for me this view, so quintessentially Australian, brought home to me how far we had come since leaving the UK in November. We really were on the other side of the world. Hostel rooms, even the quietest, cleanest ones can be a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta December 18th 2010

I am a little late blogging this. After 7 years of study and hard work, Sarah graduated as a fully qualified Occupational Therapist. We are very proud of her. The ceremony was very nice and we enjoyed a nice meal together to celebrate the occasion. ... read more
Formal Moment
Proud Parents

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta October 6th 2010

Well, our introduction to Sydney was a bit rough! An outstanding flight on Asiana again, but after collecting our bags, we did several laps around the baggage hall, while various people gave us conflicting directions to the "Express" exit. Car rental was great, and the GPS got us pretty simply to the Best Western in Lidcombe. It turned out to be, lets just say, a "diverse" neighbourhood where we had booked, and the apartment was 1 star at best. Next time we use our Wyndham points to book a "free" stay, we'll ask lots more questions, and hope that Google street view is updated. After one day and night, we emailed our travel agent Jason, who very quiclky suugested some great quality spots in downtown where we can see all that the great city has to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta August 26th 2010

Six Sleeps to go. Joe 'indeed' Goff one of the Aussies on the USA trip, flew out to USA this morning. All systems are go. Passports, tickets, cash etc are all ready. There has been a lot of action by our US buddies in relation to the various trips. The main one is the ride from Decatur, Illinois to Rocklin, California.... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Parramatta July 29th 2010

SUN 1ST AUG - Fly from SYDNEY to SINGAPORE (Stopover in Singapore 2 nights) Flight Departs Sydney 0805, arrives into Singapore 1430 (6hrs, 20 mins) Accommodation at Peninsular Excelsior Hotel Superior Room TUES 3RD AUG - Fly from SINGAPORE - DUBLIN via Munich, Manchester Flight Departs Singapore 2000, arrives in Manchester 0800. There may be stop in Munich for refuelling. This flight is 16 hrs, 15 mins. Arrive into Dublin 1150 on 4th August (flight from Manchester to Dublin 55 mins) WED 4TH AUG - DUBLIN (2 nights) Accommodation: Barnacles Temple Bar, Dublin Twin Private Ensuite Room FRI 6TH AUG - TRAMORE, WATERFORD (1 night) Pick up hire car in Dublin, drive to Tramore (Waterford County) 166kms (2hrs, 24mins). Accommodation: The Grand Hotel, Tramore Twin Ensuite Room SAT 7TH AUG - CORK (2 nights) Drive from ... read more

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