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Nov 24, 2004 - left

Finally managed to depart despite last minute crisis with michelleĀ“s ticket - which included the fact that she actually had a ticket with my name on it and had to pay at the airport the full cost of another one. Fortunately she still had all her bookings and a refund from the travel agent!

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Nov 21, 2004 - Sydney - The land down under!!

Well, here we are!!! Can't belive we are actually in Sydney, Australia. Love it. We've been hear now for just over two weeks, and managed to once again really land on our feet. We arrived pretty broke, but with big smiles on our faces. A lovely couple we met in Rio, Brazil, had offered us a place to stay (Big up to Daniel & Jordan!), so on arrival we met up with Jordan and dropped our stuff off at the flat, and headed straight out into town for a few beers (11am!). Over the course of the weekend we were introduced to so many cool people and...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Home Sweet Home

We boarded the Qantas flight from Bangkok to Sydney and were greeted with a very Aussie 'Welcome aboard Qantas flight QF2 for Sydney'. We were both extremely excited to get home after 2 years and 1 month away, neither of us slept a wink in the flight. We flew over the shire and then over the Eastern beaches, with the Harbour Bridge gliding past out right hand window and both of us jumping out of our seats we made our final approach. After a long time getting through customs we finally reached the gate where we were greeted by our parents...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Sydney

Arrived in Sydney, Opera and Bridge fantastic, txt to follow.... Internet cafes are few and far between here..... Oz First day After about 18 hours of travel, we arrived in Oz. Initially they couldn't open the doors to get us off the plane, so tired and stiff, we spent our first 40 mins in Australia stuck on the plane. After customs and immigration we were greeted by the heat sun and flies...hundreds of them, irritating our eyes, mouth, ears and any exposed skin, apparently a plague of them had just appeared. After finding our hostel, and...

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Nov 3, 2004 - Farewell in Sydney - bye bye Australia

Flog till Sydney igar for att saga hejda till Mireille och Dave. (Dave skulle for ovrigt inte ha varit kvar i Australien nu, men den karleken den karleken gjorde att han fortfarande vinns vid hennes sida!) Badade en sista gang pa Bondi Beach. Satt pa balkongen och och drack vin och diskuterade livets allvarligheter, roligheter och trakigheter med Mireille...har namligen precis gjort slut med Anders... Nu ar det en kvart kvar innan jag ska ta busshutteln till flygplatsen. Imorgon ar jag i Sverige igen! See you!

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A-Lo Australien 2004

Nov 3, 2004 - Getting what you paid for

Having decided that it's a bit loopy to skip around Sydney when it's so close, I thought I'd also ring the changes and stay in somewhere other than a YHA. Didn't do terribly well with my first attempt at this, as the place was unbelievably scruffy and ramshackle compared to where I've been staying thus far. Being charged $50 for 3 nights in a respectable area in the countries biggest city I wasn't expecting Hilton-like levels of comfort, but neither was I expecting to be put in a dorm nicknamed 'the dungeon'. The plan to maybe meet some...

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Down Under Tour '04

Oct 31, 2004 - Sydney

Arrive in Sydney and it's starting to warm up a little, so what we get is warm rain. Don't do a whole lot of the first day other than explore an area called Darling Harbour near where we're staying. It's Friday mid afternoon and it's full of people who have clearly had a very long lunch and probably won't be driving home either. Oh for a job like that. Or indeed a job. Nightime is out to a nearby Spanish restaurant. Saturday we have big plans for exploring but get slightly waylaid by the fact that there is a charity raising event for Aids...

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Oct 25, 2004 - Sydney

What a great place! We both loved Sydney and will definately be coming back here sometime again. We stayed in some rather colourful hostels in the city centre which meant we were close to lots of action. The first day we wandered up to the Opera House, beautiful sunny day meant pink noses all round ( well for me anyway!). The area around the harbour was lovely to wander around in, eating ice cream and watching the world go by. On sunday, the rain came down and so we tootled of to the Aquariunm which was brilliant, the sharks, stingrays,...

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Oct 20, 2004 - D: A lil' soggy in Sydney

We were looking forward to 3 days of exploring all the sites in and around the beautiful city of Sydney. We were even tossing around the idea of signing up to climb the Harbor Bridge for the killer view of the whole harbor (it's a 3 1/2 hour climb with all the climbing hardware and jumpsuit provided and includes a picture of the whole group at the top of the bridge). Alas, after a record-breaking 37C (almost 100F) the day before we arrived from Tasmania, the temperatures dropped to the low 50's and the rain blew in. The periodic breaks in...

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Armstrong Adventures

Oct 14, 2004 - Deb's 23rd Birthday......

Hey everyone! sorry its been a while. All going well in Sydney but where to start? Dan and I moved into our flat a couple of weeks ago in St. Peters-10 minutes away from city and 20 minutes from Bondi. SWEEEET. We have a great almost new flat. Its a 2 bedroom unfurnished place overlooking Sydney park, with a couple of balconies and has a pool and hot tub! Friends have helped us out so now it is fully furnished. We even picked up a big tele from a garage sale for $5. Bargain. The only downside are unwelcome cockroaches. They live in the...

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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!

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