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Oct 12, 2004 - G'day Mate!

hello, just a quickie to say that we're all here ok -we arrived yesterday morning and we collected mel this morning ( after her slight detour through India...to dodge the missiles -will explain later!!!) All off for a little powernap...and then a 'quiet' drink -and if you know me, mel and vikki, you'll know thats a big fat lie!!! love E. V & M x

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Vikki & Emma

Oct 11, 2004 - Bondi Beach

Out of Coogee luxury and into the first Hostel; 'Indy's Backpackers Bondi' My room is rather small and I miss my appartment already. However, this place is $26 per night and that is more suited to my unemployed status. First impressions are that Bondi is not unlike Newquay, if I have to choose a benchmark you'd know. Bigger, tackier, busier, more commercial. Coogee is altogether more relaxed, less showy. Real, not fake. However, the set up here is more convenient. At no more than 2 minutes walk in either direction, I have: 3 Banks, Post...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Oct 8, 2004 - Made it

I arrived safely but have never felt so wasted in my entire life. The queue at customs was horrific but I did get my visa ok, so my recurring nightmare about my papers not being in order was laid to rest. Which is exactly what I wanted to be but had, owing to the last minute rush to leave, failed to pre-book a room. It was a hot hot day and this didn't help. When I wondered outside it felt like a lot more that the 23° that it really was. Even more clueless then when I got on the Plane. Perhaps expecting clarity at this moment was...

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Simon -off to Oz!

Oct 8, 2004 - Sydney, Australia

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...

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Sep 30, 2004 - Arrive Sydney...

a quick stop over...437 miles down! 40,000 more to go... OK, I'm going to keep some stats on this trip...feel free to reply with any more suggestions. I'd like to thank Samsung for their 24 free internet terminals at Sydney Intl airport. They need to make the browser more Javascript compatible and make sure the keyboards work... Flights done: 1. Take offs: 1, Landings: 1 (these numbers should always match). Time on plane: 1.5 hours Plane Details: UA840, Boeing 747 named "Spirit of Seattle II". Very empty. Miles: 437, Total Miles: 437, Miles...

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Aug 9, 2004 - Seeing Sydney

Saturday morning we woke up early after a much-needed night of rest and had a great breakfast at the hostel before setting out to explore Sydney. It was the day of the big rugby match--the Australia Wallabies vs. the New Zealand All Blacks, so everywhere we went people were decked out in green and yellow Wallaby jerseys/scarves or the black and white All Blacks shirts. We walked to the Syndey Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, then went to The Rocks which is a neat little shopping area. They had a giant craft fair where we all went a...

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Oz '04!

Aug 7, 2004 - We made it to Sydney

We are now in Sydney and our grand plan for Oz hasn't quite worked. We arrived on the 3rd August and met up with Lucy and Sarah as planned and they had found a reaaly nice appartment for us all to stay in which was the same price as a hostel. No complaints from us on that score! We went to the Blue Mountains on Tuesday and it was so cold. We had to buy hats and gloves to keep us warm from the wind, snow, blizzards, hail, you get the picture! After leaving Hawaii with temperatures of 85, to arrive in Sydney where it was on in the low 60's it...

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Jul 16, 2004 - The wheels on the bus go round and round

When I was in Thailand, I complained about the heat and humidity. Waking up in a swag (big ozzie sleeping bag) in the desert, I would have given my right arm to swap the sub-zero temperatures for ten minutes of Bangkok sunshine! In saying that, the bus trip was amazing. Especially in the last few days, we all got close and had such fun and giggles. There was a constant flow of banter, laughter and snoozing. Some funny jokes too, including the classic 'What has two legs and bleeds?' (- 'half a dog' - thanks Mark). The trip was like a...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Departure....

Star date 182215JUL04 QF31 CATTLE CLASS SYD-LON-STOCKHOLM.......GIDDY UP Adventure officially started.....proceeding deep and quiet, growing goatie....... Notes to self: 1)Dont eat anything bigger than your head 2)Remember to think it and not say it.... 3)Its OK for dread-locks now... 4)Dont live in Co-ed dorms...that could be just plain silly

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Jun 27, 2004 - Blue Mountains, Sydney

Blue Mountains, near Sydney. We got the hell out of Melbourne, flew up to Sydney and got straight out of there too, heading for a few days of spiritually rewarding rock climbing. The Blueys have gorgeous sandstone crags similar to the ones we have at home in Kent, except they are the size of Belgium. It certainly wasn't raining in the Blueys but it was damned cold at 8deg with a windchill to freeze your blood. Nevertheless we valiantly climbed a few crags, ripped our fingers to shreds, and generally gave ourselves a good, healthy adrenaline...

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Jun 13, 2004 - arrived

everyone, well we've finally arrived in sydney, had a bit of trouble with fuel leaking out of the wing of our airplane at lax which caused a bit of a delay but we made it. introduced to the australian laid back attitude right away, as the captain said, "well folks we seem to have some gas leaking out of the plane, and we still need about 4 tons of gas onboard and seeing as how the gas is kind of crucial to the flight, we're going to be waiting around awhile, sorry, no worries though." it was actually kind of entertaining we have a few nice...

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Jun 12, 2004 - Sydney

Cairns has only 150 000 inhabitants, but very modern airport. When I am thinking about Slovakia capital airport, which has almost half milion inhabitants, I am really jeaulous, how nice Cairns airport is. Flight as usual was without any problems. As we were approaching Sydney I could see Bondi beach from the sky. We had a visit at Saturday, Rob and Willie, a most relaxed couple I ever saw. They are around 50, but much younger in spirit. We spend wonderful time together. Rob can talk wonderfull stories. He is over 50, but 3 years ago we went...

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