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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Harbour April 13th 2014

Quick update from Sydney after a couple of systems glitches (so no photos at the moment) and of course our great escape from Cyclone Ita. You probably saw it on the news, it was pretty bad over the Solomon Islands before hitting the coast north of Port Douglas although thankfully it quickly lost energy as it passed over land. The airport closed at midnight on the Friday so we probably could have got out on schedule but it was too close to call…..and also the weather was pretty foul so far better to head back to Sydney. On Friday morning we had the usual sporty start to the day with a mini tennis tournament taking place between the Colemans and the Colfers (Colemans still ahead as I write mainly due to various injuries limiting the Colfer ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Uni April 8th 2014

Dear followers, It's been a long time before, I placed an update. But these on going weeks are currently one of my busiest. The previous week started off with a birthday of one off my colleagues, the spirit in the company, "alpha dot net Australia", is very nice. We brought out a toast on all the good updates inside the company with some champagne and had a delicious cheese cake for the birthday. But life is not only roses and sunshine. I requested 2 days off at work, to be fresh for executing a big step in a project at work. These days also gave me the opportunity, to arrange my stuff. My room began to look a little messy and my shirts needed another cleaning. I started off my cleaning marathon, bought some food, drinks. ... read more
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Chinatown with friend
Darling Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Harbour April 6th 2014

The Colemans plus Chloe, headed off today for our first trip into the centre of Sydney. A quick 5 minute trip down to the railway station and then we jumped on a train right into the middle of Sydney and the harbour front. At the weekends they have a great arrangement where you can travel anywhere in central Sydney, by train, boat or bus for $2.50 each which is about £1.50!!! Once down at the quay side we jumped on one of the many ferry boats running across the harbour and then set out across the bay towards the famous Tarranga City Zoo. Along the way we had the enevitable photo opportunity in front of the most iconic Sydney landmarks....as you can see from the photos. By this time the clouds were looming again after a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 5th 2014

SCAMS, SCAMS & MORE SCAMS Part 2...Internet Romance. Act 1: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. She had the biggest smile on her face...so I had to ask. She showed me two photos...a guy on a motorbike with a snowclad mountain behind...the other less scenic. "Is he the same guy in each photo?" I asked. "Of course" she said. I was not so sure. The fact that one had a receding hairline and the other didn't...invisible to her...obvious to me. She was in love...and sorry to say it...but love...or was it loneliness...had made her blind. ***** He was a Canadian she said...a geologist...found a diamond deposit in Ghana. Lucky guy. Arrangement with a local chief to mine it...only needed to set up the licences to do so. Busy guy. They were in contact by email and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Avalon April 5th 2014

Saturday in Sydney with the Colfers After a relaxing breakfast we headed off to Rochelle's Mum and Dad's place for a day on the harbour. Geoff and Rosie live in a fantastic spot right on the waterfront near to Avalon. The Colfers (minus Tom who is on a 7 day army camp out in the Bush somewhere), the Colemans and Chris's brother Derek, arrived at Chez Colfers and then headed out into Pittwater Bay on Geoff;s wonderful and newly restored day boat "Pelican" which had the look of the African Queen about it. We headed out into the bay amongst the sailing boats and made our way over to one of the many beaches inside the bay area. After a quick lunch of Ozzie pies and 4X Gold we swam ashore to a wonderful tropical beach ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD April 3rd 2014

We took the train from Sydney to Melbourne today, and it took most of the day. We set the alarm for 5:30 and had another early-starting day. By 6:00 we were ready to take the luggage down to the lobby and catch a cab to the train station. Since we are still carrying clothing for 5 weeks of different weather, it was an exercise to get everything there, but we persevered and succeeded. The taxi got us to the central station by 6:20 and we pulled the bags inside. There is a luggage check available if you get there done more than 30 minutes before the train left, which we achieved. So the luggage was checked all the way to Melbourne and we got a little breakfast in the train station. We then were able to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 3rd 2014

VICTORIA TO NSW As in New South Wales In Port Fairy we discovered information about the huge Norfolk Pine trees and why they fare so well on the windy harbors. The limbs are all parallel to the ground and each other, allowing the frequent and strong gusts to pass through the trees with little effect. Walking thru the town, we spoke to a couple, gardening in their yard, and discovered the secrets of catching water in cisterns for the long months of little rainfall. In many areas we had seen signs on water faucets indicating “bore water”. Was it spring water? Safe to drink? And from the locals we found out that it is water from underground, but generally not for drinking, either due to distinct taste or contamination. Certainly good information for those of us ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

An early start on Tuesday as we set of from the Fairmont Hotel back to Dubai airport for the 13 hour trip to Sydney. Again Emirates were a big hit with the family.....even in the last few years the amount of entertainment laid on at your fingertips through movies, TV programmes, music, games etc means that even a journey such as this was relatively painless. David even mananged to set a new all comers (well everyone on the plane that is) record score in the online trivia game. Alex was also able to access his intranet site to do some Latin study whilst in the air !!! although enevitably it eventually took second place to the various films on offer. What the most advanced plane in the air cannot take account of is the unexpected!!! About ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

As mentioned in my previous blog in Singapore, I embarked on an 8 day trip with a night in Singapore, then onto Sydney for one night and back to Singapore again. So after one night in Singapore flew down to Sydney where we stay for about 36hours. Got to hotel about 8am on the Tuesday 1st April and left at 3pm on the Wednesday. One of the main reasons that I became cabin crew was for the opportunity to come back to Sydney as I had travelled Australia 3 years ago, in which I spent about 8months in Oz and 5 of those months I lived in Sydney. Was such a fantastic opportunity and got to meet so many great people, most of whom I try and keep in touch with and can visit whenever I ... read more
Happy hour overlooking the Harbour
Darling Harbour
Me and Raonaid

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 1st 2014

Today Maggie and I covered most of the length of Sydney Harbor from one end to another. We started the morning - after cappuccino - on a ferry that took us to the extreme eastern end of the harbor to Watsons Bay. This is a lovely little bay that faces inward, but there is an easy walk up to the cliffs that face the Pacific Ocean. You may recall that Manly Beach faces the Pacific, but it is located on the north side of the entrance to Sydney Harbor. Today we were on the south side of the entrance and there are impressive cliffs that drop dramatically down to the crashing waves. (See photo) Back at Watsons Bay we ate at Doyle's, a longtime seafood restaurant here. The food was even better than yesterday's meal. Maggie ... read more
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