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January 9th 2019
Published: January 9th 2019
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It didn’t take long for Debra to acclimatize!
We return to Australia for the 2019 ”winter getaway” and to the same house in Noosa Heads that we rented in 2017. Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane. Our last stay at the Noosa Springs Golf Community was very enjoyable and included in our rental is full access to the championship golf course, fitness membership and the use of 3 pools. The facilities suits our lifestyle and we look forward getting full use of them.

The flight on Dec 31st to Brisbane was through Vancouver as opposed to a route taken through Hong Kong in 2017. Total travel time was about 25 hours, which is less than the previous flight to “down under”, but still a bit challenging. With the time zone change, we actually arrived on January 2nd and missed January 1st!!!! Air Canada provided very little New Year’s Eve celebration, however, we had low expectations. Our return is on April 1st which should help us avoid most of the wintery weather. Debra’s brother Roger and his friend Linda will be joining us again this year in February and my niece Victoria and her daughter Olivia are coming for 3
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Flying at 40,000 ft on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner about 4 hours outside of Brisbane
weeks in March. Olivia turned 16 and the trip is part of a gift that her parents gave her for the milestone birthday. Also, our friends from France, Susan and Harry are in Noosa Heads this winter, so we’ll have some enjoyable times with family and friends.

The blogs for this trip will be less frequent as there will be only a few experiences that we have yet to cover in our last publication on Australia in 2017. We trust winter will be kind to our family and friends in the Northern Hemisphere and that the politicians will cause much less uncertainity by tempering their behaviour!! Australia is not immune to chaotic politics, they’ve had 7 Prime Ministers in the last 10 years!! In spite of that, their economy is doing well, having experienced over 25 years without a recession!!

On our first Sunday to the farmers market, Debra lost her purse but was found by a stranger and turned into the Market Adminstration! It’s nice to know there are some good people in many parts of the world

See you later mate!!!

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