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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 27th 2014

The rain continued today. We started the day at Circular Quay where we had cappuccinos and discussed what we would do. While there we noted a rainbow lorikeet hopping on one of the tables. I took a picture (see photo) and then another lorikeet arrived and together they pried off the metal cup that covers the sugar container. They each slid out a packet of sugar and commenced to enjoy the contents until the waitress appeared and they flew off. She said the two lorikeets are "regulars" and they are the reason that the outdoor tables have covers on the sugar containers. Clever birds. Maggie and I decided to go to the Australian Museum today. This is the natural history museum in town and one that was a bit of a disappointment when we visited 16 ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 27th 2014

After a short hour and a half flight we had landed in Sydney. We got the airport transfer to our hostel (Sydney Backpackers) which was situated just off George St right in the heart of the city centre. The hostel wasn't great but we got bottom bunks and after a quick change of mattress for the best one I could find in the room, I'd made the most of the situation. The room was also very spacious which was a nice change as you didn't have to climb over everyone else's stuff to get to yours. We popped out for a Subway and had a look around one of the shopping malls nearby, but didn't get anything, we are backpackers after all. By the time we got back to the hostel Tayla and Leanne had also ... read more
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Harbour Bridge at night
Sydney Skyline at night

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 26th 2014

It was raining again in Sydney today and more is in the forecast. This is not what we expected when Maggie and I planned this visit, but we are adjusting. It seemed like a good day to visit a museum and one of the museums that we like here is the Australian Maritime Museum, so and we spent the day there. Appropriately you can get to the museum by water and so that's what we did. I don't know if I have expressed how much I enjoy going out onto Sydney Harbor. The views of the opera house and the Harbor Bridge (actually, it is the Harbour Bridge) and, in fact, the entire Sydney skyline, are fabulous, even in the rain. The ferry also provides a nice view of the Maritime Museum (see photo) and the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 25th 2014

One of the top stories in Sydney yesterday was the flash flooding that occurred with all that rain. One man drowned and two others were struck by lightning. Freaky weather. Today dawned mostly clear and the forecast did not show any rain, so Maggie and I decided to head to the Taronga Zoo. It is located across Sydney Harbor from Circular Quay and one gets there via ferry. I always like to take a ferry when there is a good excuse, so I enjoyed the ride. We have been to this zoo several times in the past, but one never knows what one will see because so much depends on the whims of the animals. Today we were particularly fortunate inside the nocturnal animal building because the majority of the night creatures were moving about. We ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » CBD March 24th 2014

Dear followers, The past weekend, I went out for a good taste in a whiskey bar, called the Baxter Inn. They have a wide range of whiskey's presented in a big bookshelf rack. They literately offer the best types of whiskey you can get and an unlimited offer of pretzels to combine with your drinks. This bar is a hidden gem, because it is reachable through a dark alley and it is situated at the back of a building. Then you have to proceed downstairs to a single door. And you are in for this delicious new experience! For pictures refer to the following page: url=http://www.yelp.com.au/biz_photos/the-baxter-inn-sydney?select=6WaQxv1N1ILZF-UlqmQPpQ#MLIaZchJcvzkrEtVdF9LvAhttp://www.yelp.com.au/biz_photos/the-baxter-inn-sydney?select=6WaQxv1N1ILZF-UlqmQPpQ#MLIaZchJcvzkrEtVdF9LvA Sunday , I had a relaxing day at Bondi beach. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze ;). Afte... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 24th 2014

Maggie and I agree that, as far as either of us can remember, we have never spent a rainy day in Sydney ... until today. It was drizzling when we got up this morning, although when we first went out we didn't need umbrellas. Later in the day it poured buckets and water was sluicing down the streets. We were not caught in the worst of it, fortunately, but nonetheless we did need our umbrellas on the way home. We spent most of the day at the Powerhouse Museum which is Sydney's museum of science and industry with an emphasis on history. When we lived here, we were members of the museum and it was a treat to visit it again today. Some off it is just the same as when we were last here, but ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Richmond March 24th 2014

Polo Sport is known to be sophisticated and elitist. It's a traditional British game like cricket. Though I am more into dressage I decided to get to know Polo and to be a horse groom. The work behind the scenes is extremely rough- for both the groom and the horse.When an important game is taking place a horse has to be tacked up in less than 2 minutes. What is the tack all about?- two different reins (straight rein and draw rein)-martingale-breast plate-girth and over girth-bandages-plaited horse tail The player often switches the horses between chakkas and can quickly change his mind about what horse he wants to ride. A groom must be very flexible.Apart from my work as a groom, the horses had to be fed and watered in the morning and in the afternoon. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 23rd 2014

After mass last night at the cathedral, Maggie and I walked to the subway station and saw a number of Sydney's big fruit bats flying by. (See photo) It is hard to tell in this picture, but these grey-headed flying foxes can have a wingspan of up to three feet. They are perfectly harmless to humans, but present an eerie sight as they soar by 10-20 feet above your head. We took the subway back to Circular Quay to the same cafe/restaurant where we started the day. We had a light supper and watched the crowds of people strolling by and the ferries coming and going. (See photo) This morning we did some strolling ourselves. We walked the length of the pedestrian street known as Martin Place. This is a stretch we have walked frequently in ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Airport March 23rd 2014

My dream of finally returning Down Under is suddenly just two weeks away and I am starting to get nervous. Dry-mouth-nervous. Yesterday, the visas came through, brother got updated with the flight details and started making jokes about missing planes. I'm more worried about the length of the flight and what I'll find when I get there. But I'm really excited too, I finally get to swim in the Pacific, it's about time. Maybe I'll even see some sharks if the cull has left some alive. It's spring here and after all the rain and floods the sunshine has finally returned with magnolias, daffodils and cherries all in full bloom. It'll be autumn in Oz, hopefully not too cold to swim. 9th April: Finally we arrived, after a smooth and plush flight. I was a little ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 22nd 2014

This weekend is expected to be hot and sunny, but rain and thunderstorms are on tap starting Monday, so we thought we would try to do outdoor stuff today. We started the morning at our favorite Sydney cafe (see photo from my blog two days ago). As previously noted, it is located right on Circular Quay in the heart of the Sydney waterfront. They have the best cappuccinos in town, in our humble opinion. Then we walked along the water and enjoyed seeing some of the buildings and art work that we have seen there before. As we went along, though, we came across more and more that was new. In particular the wharf area on Walsh Bay (one bay over from Circular Quay) is now quite gentrified. When we were last here this was a ... read more
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