Welcome to our Travel Journal -- Round The World 2004-2005 travel blog

This is what we woke up to on our first day.

A heated swimming pool with a spectacular view -- what motivation!

Fishing off the end of the dock on a Sunday. Who cares...

The Harbour bridge -- beautiful at night and from anywhere you see...

There are people at the top of the bridge on a tour...

Election Day in Australia -- lining up at the polls. The fine...

Rotary was at the polling station providing service.

This was the service -- a sausage sizzle (snags) -- your choice...

This sure looked good to me!

Funraising for the Nursery School -- Krispy Kreme donuts for $12.

We now have the evidence, Darlene.

All parties were there to show people how to fill out the...

Election day -- and these guys were lining up, too.

It was 4pm -- can you see what they wanted?

Alec and Myrna took us around Sydney -- this is where they...

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

A small, protected beach onthe harbour side

At the "South Head" entrance to Sydney Harbour

Our view at night -- toward Luna Park

Close to Bondi -- people use the beaches in the evenings --...

The Parametta Ferry

A regular ferry -- fast, efficient, and inexpensive.

Looking for another meeting...

Found one -- another opportunity fo a connection.

A bath -- a saltwater pool 30 m, next to the ocean.

Sydney, Australia

We were intending to spend 2 days in New Zealand, and then two days in Sydney, but after talking to my friend, Alec Harris, we decided to change our arrangements and travel on to Sydney from Auckland the same day. The people in the Auckland airport were very friendly and helpful, and I enjoyed talking with them. We felt like we had come home, and we were just moving on.

We traveled to Sydney on Emirates Airlines, and ended up at Harbourside Apartments at McMahon Point. We had been upgraded to a large apartment, on the corner, with a spectacular view. We simply did not want to go anywhere, because we were in such a spectacular location. Waking up to the sun at 5:45, swimming in the pool, and taking the ferries was enough to provide a wonderful start to any day.

My friend, Alec and his wife Myrna met us for brunch on Sunday, and took us around to see some of the sights in Sydney. I went to the Prince of Wales Children's Hospital for a visit, as well, and accompanied Alec on his rounds to see his private patients. I learned a lot about anesthesia in my first six months from him, and I very much enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect.

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