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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 10th 2019

The residents of Sydney refer to themselves as Sydneysiders. Hundreds of thousands move to Sydney every year to work, live and study. It’s one of the best cities in the world to live, but once you’re there you’ll want to talk and live like a local, blend in, and be able to share local knowledge with people who come to visit you there. Here’s what you need to know: What to Do in Your Spare Time There’s plenty to do in Sydney year-round, but things change with the seasons. In Summer it’ll be mostly beaches, bays and bush walks, and in winter museums, ice skating and indoor entertainment, you’ll find so much to fill your weekends and holidays in any season. In the Warmer Months: ⦁ The big beaches like Bondi, Manly and Cronulla, head out ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 24th 2019

I wouldn't say that I've been reluctant to visit Australia. I'm not sure if it's an NZ thing, a global thing, or just a personality thing, but I feel that the more accessible a place is, the less likely that I've willing to plan a trip there. I mean, NZ is far enough from the world that any trip requires a robust plan, but in my head I've blurred the difference between a 3 hour flight to Australia, and a 28 hour flight to Europe. I think it's because I go down a slippery slope for these things. Ok so trip to Australia is this. For a little bit more time and money, I could just go to Asia. And for a little bit more, I can just go to Europe.. again. I think the biggest ... read more
Vegetables and Soy Milk
Jordan the Guide

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Mascot May 12th 2019

Hi Everyone It’s that time again,we have arrived in Sydney staying overnight,before we fly to Auckland Tommorrow to board a plane to Houston Texas with our Kiwi friends from Melbourne Glenys and Ray. We are away 43 days Hope you can travel with us and enjoy pictures ect. Kevin and Sylvia... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 4th 2019

I've seen a UFO and not everyone can claim that. Denise says if there were not about 10 of us then no one would believe it. It was 1979 or 1980 (the exact date is published in a book and newspapers)...a group of us sitting on Bundagen Beach at about midnight (south of Coffs Harbour NSW) when a large light over the Pacific Ocean danced before our eyes. We thought it may be a plane or a weather balloon but It's path was very irregular so we ruled those out. I held up a 20 cent coin and though it was distant the light was the size of the coin to the naked eye. It hovered at intervals...shot off at various regular course...watched it for quite a while...until it disappeared East across the Tasman Sea. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 2nd 2019

Thanks to the abdication of the Japanese Emperor Akihito - in whose honour a ten day holiday was announced - our darling son Ross and daughter-in-law Natsumi decided to spend their holiday with us. What a treat!! Kev had met Natsumi last year when he flew to Japan to attend a Motor Bike GP rally with Ross and a couple of Ross' mates but for me this was my first meeting. Luckily for us we didn't have to arrive at Sydney International Airport too early with the plane due to land at 8.30am. It was a great pleasure to meet Natsumi and re-connect with Ross on what was his 43rd birthday. At Ross' request we had a low key BBQ with just the four of us and a few kookaburras who decided that the meat on ... read more
Natsumi & Michelle, almost ready!
Michelle & Kevin becoming Japanese
The boys BBQing the kookaburra's dinner

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 10th 2019

“Traveling. It leaves you speechless, then turns in to a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta Due to a full programme yesterday, we decided to have a lazy sort of day today as we were out again tonight. The sun was shining so, after a leisurely breakfast, we decided to head up to Circular Quay, where most of the tourists seem to head for. We took the short train journey from Museum to Circular Quay and headed over to a small grassy area with a few trees scattered around. This was known as First Fleet Park. From Circular Quay we saw ferries come and go taking their customers to practically anywhere in the Sydney Metropolitan area; from Manley to Taronga Zoo; from Watson’s Bay to the Olympic Bay. This just sounds like I’m reeling off names and probably ... read more
The Sydney Underground
What's the view like up there?
Sydney Opera House from The Bridge

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 9th 2019

If you think adventure is dangerous, it is better than routine, that can be lethal– Paulo Coelho I woke at 07:30 this morning after another decent night’s sleep. Roisin had already been awake since 06:30 but she did go to bed an hour earlier. Our first activity today was to join a free walking tour around the city. Roisin and I always check for free walking tours if we are staying in a city for more than a few days. Most cities accommodate this sort of tour and we find they are excellent value for money. They’re free after all so you can’t get more excellent value for money than that!! (unless the tour guide pays you!!) It is customary to just pay the guide what you think the tour is worth. The tours normally last ... read more
The sky tower - Sydney
St james Church - once the tallest structure in Sydney
The Lucky pig

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 8th 2019

- Travel is more than seeing the sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living - Miriam Beard When the Commonwealth Games came to Manchester in 2002, Roisin and I were lucky enough to attend the opening ceremony. Among the big guns of the likes of Canada, Australia and the UK paraded a small team of a dozen or so. It was their debut at the Commonwealth Games. Blink and they’d be swallowed up in the masses. This was the small Pacific Island nation of Niue. At the time, we had to dig out the reference books to identify that Niue is an overseas territory of New Zealand. This was very much a case of, ‘It’s not the winning that counts but the taking part..’This edict was very ... read more
A typical shack in the outback
Sydney metro - a similar vibe to London's underground
a small kangaroo looking for a fight

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 25th 2019

When Katherine, Thomas, Sienna and Evie moved to live in Copenhagen around five years ago, each March since then Katherine has come to Sydney (usually on her own) for a short time to attend a Hillsong Women's Conference. Since their move to Copenhagen Isabella - born in May 2014 - has joined the family, and usually the whole family then visit us in July each year. But this year they decided to do something different so that the whole family could enjoy some beautiful Australian autumn weather. Then, come July, Katherine and Thomas will come back on their own while Ingrid and Carsten look after the three girls in Copenhagen. With Noosa, in Queensland's Sunshine Coast their first stop-off point it entailed a mammoth journey; Copenhagen to Doha to Sydney to Brisbane where they picked up ... read more
Thomas & Isabella ready for a long-haul flight!
Meanwhile Kev & Michelle arrived in Noosa first
Where we enjoyed breakfast overlooking the beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 24th 2019

It's been a hot summer... severe drought in Eastern Australia...record temperatures preventing us venturing West to support drought-torn economies...air-con humming constantly...violent hail and lightning storms flooding occasional relief. I venture into my Aussie backyard...Berowra Valley National Park...gotta be careful some hiker not report me 'cos I'm creeping through the bush with a camera...up to no good I'd warrant would be the report. I move like a cat...step by step...flash of movement...stop...head still...eyes darting...sniffing the molten my telescopic monopod...adjusting my zoom lens...straining for focus...on macro. A hoverfly zips past then doubles back...hovering in front of my face...zooming away...resting on a lens up real tight... streaming sweat stinging my eyes...brain screaming for respite...mopping my brow...biting my lip.... read more
Love in Flight
Triple-headed Purple Flag
Peeking Tom

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