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3rd April 2018

A lunch for the ages
Dave here....looks like a great time was had by all!
3rd April 2018

Meeting friends
Seems like you all had a wonderful day , and what a brunch. Your Korean resto ( yes I can speak Aussie too ) is something I will have to try on my upcoming visit. I met up with MJ and Dave when I was in California and it’s great the way we all feel so connected through the world of the internet and travel. I hope that Dave and Denise will be around when I land up in Sydney .... probably November , and still making the plans. Lovely views of Sydney Harbour sunset. Last time I was there I loved just hopping on ferries and exploring so many of the coves and beaches . You can’t fail to enjoy Sydney.
3rd April 2018

Travel blog hospitality
Nothing like hanging out with like minded people. The world of travel is kind and accepting. Sounds like a bit of playful snaking around. The food looks fantastic....the Hoopers can throw a party. Keep those tales coming. MJ
3rd April 2018

A great day
TB meet-ups are always fun. It was good to meet you after having followed your blogs for many years. I notice you carefully avoided mention of the 40C temperature outside. Glad you enjoyed yourself in Sydney.
3rd April 2018

A very great day
Thank you very much. I have followed you two for years as well and was so happy to finally meet you. It was a lot of fun, and if you didn't know, caramel is one of my favorite foods ever!! To be honest, I forgot how hot it was. That was a scorcher wasn't it?
1st April 2018

At the top !
Great description of your climb. I don’t think that adventure is for me , so thanks for taking me with you , I feel like I have ticked it off. Only one day in Sydney ???
3rd April 2018

Climbing for Two
Thank you Lynne. I am glad you were able to enjoy a virtual climb. It was a lot more fun than I had imagined. There were more days in Sydney, but I didn't have the blogs up yet. Day 1 is now up.
1st April 2018

On the tracks
What an amazing journey , mmmmm? I wonder if I could hop on that train from Adelaide to Sydney ...that’s a thought.
3rd April 2018

Do the Train if You Can
Thank you so much. If you are able, I would strongly recommend looking into the train from Adelaide to Sydney. That has some of the best scenery and is still an overnight trip.
1st April 2018

Food and oceans
Just catching up with your blog now Brendan . You are certainly enjoying the wonderful variety of food available there in Oz. I can’t wait to sample it again at the end of the year when I am planning to have a few months there. When I stood at Cape Leeuwin I thought of all the sailors and explorers who had passed that point including my dad who was in the Merchant Navy . The colours of the sea are unbelievable.
From Blog: Oceans Collide
3rd April 2018

Cape Leeuwin
I love that you were thinking of your Dad when you were there. That certainly adds another dimension to an already incredible site. I am looking forward to your blogs from Australia. Thanks for following mine.
From Blog: Oceans Collide
31st March 2018

Uluru & Kata Tjuta
I'm so glad that your experienced the beauty and wonder of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. I hope there weren't too many flies while you were there; the last time we visited the Red Centre we were extremely glad to have hats on which included a veil to cover the face. At certain time of the year those outback flies can be a real damned nuisance!!
31st March 2018

Flies a Plenty
I loved the beauty of the Red Center, but yes, the flies were everywhere. All part of it though. If traveling was easy and comfortable, then everyone would do it. I'm glad you enjoyed your time there and very glad you were prepared with hats and veils.
29th March 2018

Left right left right...follow the flag
I can see you bucking the system...lining up then missing...long strides then dragging your feet...the many faces of indifference and displeasure...then looking at the mighty rock in awe lost in your thoughts...ignoring the tour guide trying to herd you back onto the bus. Ahhh...the joy of travel...no matter how you do it...all sorts of memories every time!
29th March 2018

So True
What an accurate description of my day. I try to be a good tourist when I have to be. Definitely love the joys of travel good, bad, or indifferent.
28th March 2018

I think we have all been in your shoes at some point. Gah! Uluru was fantastic though right Brendo? It was 10 years ago that I went camping and hiking there and I can still feel the magestity of that sacred site.
28th March 2018

What a perfect word. Gah!
Thanks Andrea, I appreciate your comments and am glad you still have such great memories of this place. It truly is a special place.
28th March 2018

Isn't it strange...
I often wonder why it is that we often do not see the wonders of our own country, yet fly around the world to see the wonders of others. Uluru, the Kimberleys, the Great Barrier Reef... all places I am yet to visit in my own country. Seeing your photos of Uluru, with the gorgeous colours at sunrise and sunset makes me shake my head at why I haven't been. One day... I too understand the tourist vs traveller dilemma. I will opt for a tour when constrained by time. It's not ideal, but sometimes it's either that or miss out altogether. I find though, that Cranky deejayvee is soon forgotten but the memories of wonderful experiences are not. I trust it's the same for you, and you will never forget such a beautiful sight.
28th March 2018

I'm in the Same Boat deejayvee
Sad to say, but I still haven't seen the Grand Canyon or Badlands in the US.I will fly 9,000 miles for a train trip, but can't manage to pop over 2 states here. Sigh. I tell myself that I will do it when I am older. I'm glad you understand the tourist aspect. Sometimes that is simply how it must be done and Cranky-Us will be forgotten as you said. Thank you so much for following my blog and for such nice comments.
28th March 2018

Tourists ...
Ohh, Brendo ... you do know, don't you, that you are now always going to be "Brendo" to us. :) A good Aussie nickname. Aussies do like nicknames and, once given one, it's a good sign that you have been accepted as a mate or good friend. Are you sure that you weren't an Aussie in a past life? Some of your expressions give you away. Either that, or they have rubbed off on you while you were here with us :) Good stuff! Regarding tourists, and, all jokes aside, I know exactly what you mean as, we too, really dislike the thought of being a tourist when we travel and, I too, can very quickly become grumpy and Cranky Jan and Over It Jan, when dealing with inconsiderate tourists.Grrrr!! Much prefer the thought of being a traveller. Great blog, by the way - despite the tourists and, you saw the country at its best - after (monsoonal) rains :) Jxx
28th March 2018

The Aussie Inside
I am proud to have an Aussie nickname and view of life. What a wonderful country and group of people I met. I'm glad you liked the blog. I was concerned that it would come across too heavy or unhappy, which wasn't the case. You certainly know what I meant. Thanks for your comments.
28th March 2018

Sounds of Silence
To tour or not to tour... always the question. We rented a car at Uluru and spent hours driving around it, hiking, and driving on. We didn't have to contend with a large group and could move at our pace. We did the bus thing in Israel and regretted it. You described the bus exit to a T. It is a puzzle. Ok, no need expecting the wings to be good as the ones you prepare at work. Misguided expectations. I've traveled with cranky Brendan and he can get frustrated but to be honest he was traveling with cranky MJ. :). We enjoyed this piece of Australia. The sounds of silence was a lovely evening.
28th March 2018

It was worth it
This is a case of the ends justify the means. My choices were pretty much yes or no, so I feel I chose wisely. I am glad you had free reign when you were here. Oh, cranky MJ and BV were quite the pair, weren't they?
28th March 2018

Cranky and Over It Brendan
Dave here.....getting "herded" is not the best way to travel. It can be quite the physical sport. But.....you got to see some seriously ginormous and spiritual rocks on this great planet.
28th March 2018

Silver Lining
See, there was a lot of good in the trip. Ginormous and spiritual rocks were worth putting up with some of the other "stuff"

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