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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 19th 2006

Hi Everyone, I'm getting ready to head off to London with Beata tomorrow and so I'm in that frantic trying to organise everything stage. Other than trying to kick myself into gear, this last weekend has been really fun. My sister and her fiancé (Kate & John) brought forward the date of their engagement party so I could be here for it. It was great to have everyone in one place to be able to say my good byes. My aunt, uncle and cousin flew from Hawaii to Australia for the party so I’m very grateful to be able to spend a couple of days with them before leaving for the UK. The engagement party was simply beautiful; I don’t think they could have chosen a better location than the surf club at Avalon! The parties ... read more
Engagement Party
Engagement Party
Engagement Party

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 19th 2006

My birthday was absolutely wonderful and thanks to everyone from home and their wishes. I had to work in the morning, but I had one of my customers bring in a basket of flowers and wine for me. That was a little odd though because I had not even been at my job but about a week. But, it was still a nice surpise. I went to dinner with my friends here and they suprised me with a cake that had Happy Birthday Amy written on it and put in 23 candles!! If I had to spend my birthday away from home, this is exactly the way I would want to do it. I quit my night job. My boss was crazy and I didn’t feel like dealing with it. I am still working full time ... read more
Harry my boss
Barcelona staff

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Surfers Paradise March 19th 2006

No entry for yesterday as we didn't do anything but sit by the lagoon in the hot hot sun! Gutted! Today we've made our way to Surfers Paradise. Bus at 8, had a laugh with our driver Chris, who took us Zorbing. Zorbing is sitting in a big rubber ball with a lot of water and it rolls down the hill with you inside. I didn't do it because I thought I would get cholostrophobic (however u spell it!) and didn't want to get wet! Got here, and once again to get our bearings we thought we would go a bit of retail therapy. It's nice and tacky here!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne March 19th 2006

11:00am Still @ The Greenhouse, I'm all checked out but had forgotten about the rather large and disruptive marathon that's currently trapping me and thousands of other people in the city. Still, had a wander round and tried to find the Melbourne Center for Contemporary Art for the second time - unsucessfully. Coffee and a broadsheet took me upto 3, by which time the roads had cleared and I jumped (well, as much as it's possible to jump with 27kg of weight on your back), on the next tram south. I'm not sure whether I've mentioned before, but for several days I've been suffereing with the worst case of man-flu that I think I've ever had: sore throat, runny nose, headaches, swollen glands, aversion to light, etc. I think it had orriginally started off as Parrot ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach March 18th 2006

Well scuba lessons are crazy! There's heaps of stuff to learn. Everything from getting nitrogen blubbles in your blood if you surface to quickly, to calculating how long your air lasts at certain depths. Then, theres all the equipment, getting it on (soooo heavy) and checking everything before you jump into the water. So our first 2 days we learnt the underwater signals (including the out of air signal which I hope I never have to use), we learnt how to become neutrally buoyant - basically hovering in the water so you don't harm coral or touch the ocean bottom. Hmmmm what else....we had massive amounts of homework and wrote 5 tests, including a final exam which we both passed. I have a huge textbook that we went through in 2 days. We are supposed to ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Ningaloo Reef March 18th 2006

We are now a little further up the coast from Shark Bay where we swam with the dolphins at a place called Coral Bay. It is right on the Ningaloo Reef. At first we were a little disappointed with the snorkelling as much of the coral is dead. Not because of man-made reasons as you might expect, but because there was a coral spawn about five years ago which went horribly wrong, and ended up actually killing the coral! The locals say it is actually very good for the coral in the long run - I am not convinced! Despite this, Ningaloo Reef is pretty amazing for its animal life. On a single snorkel yesterday, in the space of an hour, we saw two octopus, a sea snake, a turtle, many rays, and lots of big ... read more
Ningaloo Reef

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 18th 2006

If anybody had told me 3 weeks ago when I left the UK that I would be watching a sedated baboon being CT scanned in what appeared to be a MRI tube then I would have asked them where they were getting their drugs. However, this morning, the bizarre and surreal event took place with me watching behind lead-lined glass. Most people come to Wellington to check out the culture and cafe scenes, but believe me that is soooooooo passe. Baboon scanning is the new 'must do!' (Just take a nosepeg- they are rather smelly) Arrived yesterday to stay with Mark (old uni friend) and Lisa ( his partner/sister of old tennis friend) . Delighted to see Mark sporting ponytail with blonde dreads- glad to see he hasn't turned into the boring yuppie type - although ... read more
Bubbling hot mud pools!
Lady Fort Knox Geyser being boring.......
Now you're talking...........!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island March 18th 2006

Woke to a glorious morning on Fraser Island. Sun was shining and the hangover was mild. We packed up camp and headed to a campsite to clean all the dishes and for Tommy to have a shower!!!! shock horror!!! we took a light stroll to a large a mini desert. Attempts at boardless sandboarding were made but it would have been much easier with something resembling a tea tray but as it was we just kind of jumped and hoped for the best. We headed then to Eli creek, which is a beautiful fresh water creek...cold and clear(drinkable by all accounts). Having splashed around there for a while we continued our jorney and made a stop for lunch. The road to Lake Garawongera was fun...the lake itself was a nice place for a dip...not as ... read more
paul threatens to run away and join the circus!
Lake Garawongera

Oceania » Australia » Queensland March 18th 2006

"Im sooo embarassed about last night" said Nicole, who had shown us all how well she could pole dance after a few beers the night before. Her and Danielle only just made it in time for the lift to the coach, and the following transfer in their hungover state. Today was mainly spent travelling, but that gave me some time to note a few observations. * Australians are generally speaking far more racist than you expect. Bell - you did warn me and it is soooo true. *Everything can kill you. Sharks, Spiders, Snakes, Jellyfish and perhaps most comically the Southern Casowary - a huge turkey which can disembowel you easily. Nice. *Every Aboriginee that you see seems to have a can of special brew in his or her hand. So the bus pulls into Ayr. ... read more
The Southern Casawary

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 18th 2006

Today I went to my first rugby match: the Auckland Blues v. the Australia Brumbies. Luck was on our side (apparently this is unusual) and Auckland defeated Australia, 26-15. Nevertheless, this outing led to several questions and observations about the sport and New Zealand culture in general... - Sporting venues in the U.S. are much better funded, and U.S. fans are louder, rowdier, and in general more color-coordinated with their chosen team. - No matter where you go, you are bound to run into Kiwis who are barefoot. Not even joking, they're EVERYWHERE! I'd be afraid of germs or stubbing my toes or something, but hey, if they can handle it, whatever. - New Zealand thinks it knows the meaning of "hot dog", but it sadly has missed the point. - On a similar note, it ... read more

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