Kathy and Melissa's Trip of a Lifetime! travel blog

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, near Brisbane

nap time

so cute!

relative to The Bog?

male or female...

in contemplation

joey hanging out

petting the wallaby

getting to hold a koala

gripping her arm

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Harbor Bridge

view of the city

meerkat at the Taronga Zoo

chimpanzee

kangaroo model shot

Sydney Harbor Bridge climb

Sydney Harbor at night

Sydney Harbor on Australia Day

Darling Harbor on Australia Day

fireworks at Darling Harbor

...

In Canberra visiting with Raj, Erin, and Rohan

Parliament House, Canberra

House of Representatives

Senate

National Botanic Gardens

Erin, Raj, and Rohan

so cute!

holding Rohan

little superman

along Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra

The Three Sisters, at the Blue Mountains


Our time in Australia has very quickly come to an end. We have truly enjoyed this country. The people are very friendly, hard to understand some times. On more than one occasion I have been asked a question in English at which time I just stare at them with a blank look on my face without a clue as to what they just said. Okay here are a couple, see if you can get them. You walk into a bar and say "shout" to the bartender. Does that mean: (a) your angry (b) you want a beer now or (c) round of drinks for everyone in the bar. You're correct if you picked C. How about if you are playing football and you get sconed. (a) your hungry, (b) you want everyone to stop and have a snack of scones or (c) the ball just hit your head. Correct again if you picked C because your head is considered a scone. See how easy that was. We liked the saying "I'm so hungry I could eat the ass of a low flying duck."

Once we arrived in Brisbane we pretty much just hung out. On our last day we rented bikes and rode across town to the Koala Sanctuary. Talk about cute!!! Holding a Koala is a little different. Their claws are quite sharp and they have a tendency to be eliminating waste constantly in the exact spot in which you are holding them. Rather nasty!!

The next day we flew to Sydney to celebrate "Australia Day" which is similar to our 4th of July celebrations in the US. We spent the first day at the Australian Zoo catching up on any animals or birds we might have missed along the way. The next day we did the Bridge Climb over the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Once you reach the top of the bridge, there is a 360 degree spectacular view of the city, including the famous Opera House. Speaking of the Opera House, we bought tickets and went to see the Opera, The Love of Three Oranges, that evening. Needless to say we looked like we were on safari compared to everyone else that was elegantly dressed. Oh well!! January 26th was officially Australia Day where they had numerous celebrations with live music, craft shows, old car exhibits and everything else you can imagine throughout the city ending with a fireworks extravaganza at Darling Harbor.

The next day we rented a car and drove to Canberra to visit Raj, Erin and their son, Rohan. I met both Raj and Erin when I was in Egypt in 2002. In July 2004 they had their son Rohan who was the cutest baby. His laugh was contagious.

They graciously gave us a tour of their city and then took us out to dinner at a beautiful restaurant which overlooks the city. This restaurant was a lot like the space needle in Seattle in that it revolved around in a circle every hour so that you could see the city at all angles.

The next morning we got up early and drove to the Blue Mountains where we spent some time walking around the "Three Sisters". We are now back in Syndey and fly off tomorrow to Christchurch, New Zealand.



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