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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland July 26th 2014

We were up bright and early to grab some fruit and coffee before setting out to Greys Avenue for shul. The service at Auckland Hebrew Congregation began at 9.15 am and we managed to arrive at 9 am. Yes we were quite shocked too! After the service and chatting with the locals we went downstairs to the Rabbi's flat for lunch. The Altschuls use this apartment for Shabbat and festivals as they live in a suburb too far from the shul. It is very cosy and the rebbitzin is so welcoming and warm. She knows all the female congregants and greeted each one warmly before beginning her own prayers. We had a lovely lunch and along with the Meltzers there was another family from Israel. He is a sofer (scribe) and apparently produces the most amazing ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon July 26th 2014

First of all I must tell you about the Sherlock River. On our way into Karratha and Dampier we crossed over the Sherlock River bridge. There was water on both sides as far as the eye could see and masses of black swans swimming about. Of course we were moving too fast, there was nowhere to pull over and we had a prime mover with three trailers up our rear. Missed that photo opportunity. Also our friend Sheryl wanted us to steal the Red Dog statue for her partner Shane so he could have it in his lounge room. We decided it was a bit risky and would increase fuel consumption too much. First thing on Sunday morning in Karratha we headed off to Harvey Norman’s looking for a digital SLR camera, they were having a ... read more
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003 Hill on Pyramid Station
004 Mt Pyramid

Oceania » Australia July 26th 2014

Hey guys! Sorry I havent posted since I left last week. I just now got wifi in my dorm. I will be posting a lot more now that I have easier access to wifi. My first week in Australia was the most incredible week of my life. My flight landed here at 6:30am in Sydney on Sunday, and let me tell you it was the worst flight of my life. My seat did not recline so I did not get to sleep the entire flight. I went almost crazy. I was so relieved when we landed, mostly because I was finally in the place I have been dying to go to my entire life. When I landed in Sydney it was cloudy, rainy and cold. Not exactly what I was expecting. But I was happy any ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 26th 2014

Made it to Bramwell junction Roadhouse & beginning of OTT. Drove to palm creek crossing then chicken track & we still said no way. Here r photos of others doing chicken Track & all had to be winched out.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand July 26th 2014

Varen, dat is wat we vandaag gedaan hebben. Prachtig weer vandaag. Een frisse 4°C met weer wat nachtvorst op onze cabana, maar geen wolkje aan de lucht! Ook weinig wind ==> maximale zichtbaarheid! Ideaal weer nu dus om walvissen te spotten. Goed dat we gisteren al geboekt hadden want de catamaran zat vol ! Gemiddeld zie je 1 a 2 walvissen per trip, zoniet krijg je een 80% refund. We hebben al heel de reis geluk met the wildlife en dat was vandaag niet anders. 5 potvissen hebben we zien duiken! We waren zelfs niet zo impressed, overload aan awesomeness. Desalnietemin was de rit met de katamaran op open water een hele belevenis. We zagen naast potvissen ook heel wat zeevogels. Grote albatrossen met een spanwijte van 3,5 meter en de zeldzame sternen die supersnel dalen ... read more

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 26th 2014

After chick ending out of Palm Creek Crossing headed back to Bramwell & onto Bypass road to only make it another 15km up road & Lawtons busted a spearing on ute. Limped back to Bramwell. Left girls & kids at roadhouse. Coops & Greg headed back to Weipa to get new spring. We're back on the road by lunch time the next day!!... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 26th 2014

On our way to Elliot Falls/ Canal Creek campsite had to do our first deep creek crossing on OTT. Didn't all go to plan & the Coopers got a little wet & a bit stressed!!! Lawtons got through with only a littler bit off water in the trialler. Lucky the campsite was excellent.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 26th 2014

Had a night off cooking & had wood fire pizza & a few beverages at the corrigation bar. Have had a fantastic time at the tip off Australia.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Hobart July 26th 2014

This morning we headed off to Hobart's famous Salamanca Market. When the market started in the early 70s it was a pretty informal gathering of about a dozen traders. These days the market is a Hobart institution comprising over 300 licensed traders who set up every Saturday in Salamanca Place between Davey Street and Battery Point. Much as we were tempted to part with cash at nearly every stall we managed to spread our purchases between just seven art and craft stall holders and three food stall holders!! We could not resist all of the Tasmanian timber products on sale so bought some for ourselves and some for others. We - OK, Tracey - was also tempted by jewellery, purple Ugg boots, a silk scarf and a handbag. On the food side, neither of us could ... read more
Salamanca Market
Mt Wellington Summit
Dolomite Formation

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland July 25th 2014

Woke up realising that I had no cooking to do for Shabbat - this was somebody else's problem this week. We had a leisurely breakfast and decided not to be energetic. So we caught up on our blog and did a couple of pages of daf yomi and got ready for our walk to Greys Avenue to meet Rabbi Samuel Altschul and his wife Shosha and kids Isaac and Yoel. Lunch was ice cream even though the weather was very inclement. We arrived early and after lighting candles we sat down to chat with them and their other guests rabbi Alon Meltzer (the new rabbi at Canberra shul) and his wife Lindsay and their two girls Dahlia and Ella. Baby Ella was celebrating her two week birthday. Then we went upstairs to the Auckland Hebrew Congregation ... read more




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