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May 22, 2004 - Sydney - day 1

We arrived to Sydney at early morning, I was hoping that we will fly over city and I will see some landmarks from the sky, but we did not. Landing was without any problem. I took my backpack and stand up in long queue for passport and visa check. After this, we went to customs, where police officer took my registration letter and ask me: "Hi mate, how are you? Is everything all right?" I don't know if I look shaky or what, but no officer ever called me "mate". I was stunned. But also customs check went ok, it was tougher than usual, even...

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Apr 20, 2004 - Return to OZ.

All good things must come to an end. Never has this phrase been more true as we packed our bags and caught the 3.30pm plane to Sydney. The flight was a bit delayed but we made up the time to get there on time. The plane and flight was good ruined only by the worse film Garry has seen in a long time (Paycheck). Once in Sydney we checked in to our hostel, which is nowhere near as good as the New Zealand ones, and went out for a bite to eat. Tomorrow we plan to start the job hunt!

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Mar 12, 2004 - Down under

LHR-FRA (Frankfurt), Lufthansa. The trip is off to a good start with a German beer then a good Riesling in the Lufthansa lounge among the German business men. No time for a curry wusrt in Frankfurt airport unfortunately - fortunate for my fellow passengers. FRA-BKK (Bangkok), Lufthansa. Watching "Master and Commander" I was struck by how much Paul Bettany reminds me of Patrick Malahide. A shower and a shave in Frankfurt airport livens me up for the next leg. BKK-SYD BA. Having a flat bed means I arrive fresh as a daisy in Sydney at 6:30am.

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Mar 10, 2004 - Don't Rain on My Parade

Mardi Gras "Go to Sydney", they said. "The weather's brilliant", they said. With these words ringing in our ears, we decided to finish our Australian adventure by overdosing on beaches and al fresco eating, topping up the tans and letting the good times roll, before flying home to the inevitable chill and post-Christmas depression of an English winter. So, you can imagine our downright indignance, when the sun refused to grace us with its presence for days on end. Then, to add insult to injury, fog, wind and rain arrived, reducing our...

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Mar 9, 2004 - Katoomba/Sydney

Got up, got ready, and checked email. Found out I got into my MBA program so am definitely excited. (More relieved than excited now but glad nonetheless.) Checked out of the hostel about 9:45 and trekked back up that interminable hill (I thought it was a long trip going down) to the train station with Phil. (Phil was at the end of his trip and was heading back to Sydney for his last couple of days.) Took the train to Sydney and arrived about 12:30. The hostel is right across the street from the train station (very handy) so I checked in,...

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Colin's World Tour

Mar 3, 2004 - BridgeClimb !

Not just the BridgeClimb but also wandering around The Rocks area of Sydney and then a tour inside the Sydney Opera House. Back to the BridgeClimb. This was definitely another highlight of our trip. We were both nervous before getting kitted out in the romper suits, hats, spectacle retainers and harnesses. They were very professional and gave you a lot of confidence. You even do a little bit of training prior to the start of the climb so that you know what you are doing. We both completed the climb without any problems, thoroughly enjoyed...

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Feb 29, 2004 - G'day !

After a relaxing 9 hour flight we landed in Sydney and were treated to a quick tour by Denis' uncle David and cousin Martin. It was really great to drive round the city centre early on a Sunday morning. The pictures are taken from Mrs Macquarie's Point. Mrs Macquarie was wife of one of the early Governors. We managed to stay awake for most of the day and even went on a sunset bushwalk along the Lane Cove River at the bottom of the street where Denis' relatives live. Sadly the camera was left behind, so no sunset pics today. Still solid.

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Jan 15, 2004 - About to leave Sydney

Good afternoon from Sydney. Everything is good over here. We went to the Blue Mountains last weekend with Victoria and her friend Graham. We had a great three nights camping in Katoomba. Wentworth Falls were amazing. We are leaving Sydney tomorrow to go to Tully which is just below Cairns. We will be staying in a working hostel and hopefully we will be picking lots of bananas. We need to save up some more money cos Sydney is very expensive. We plan to come back for a week later on so that we can do the Harbour Bridge walk and stuff like...

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Jan 7, 2004 - Happy New Year from Sydney

Happy New Year to everybody from Sydney. We have been here for two weeks now and have visited Bondi and Manly beaches and we are about to head up to the Blue Mountains for the weekend which should be good. For New Years, we went to a party at Ronan Silke's place and stayed there till the early hours of the new year. We got to see the fireworks from a brilliant spot on the Anzac bridge which was 5 minutes from the apartment. A good night was had by all and we were thinking of all of ye back home. I got badly sunburnt the last day(Back of...

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Dec 29, 2003 - Sydney

We arrived safely in Sydney, ready for New Year celebrations on the harbour. The first thing to hit us was the heat as we walked from the airport. It was about 32 degrees and quite high humidity. We'd arranged for a friend, Peter, to meet us at the airport and take us back to our apartment in the city. We dropped our bags and headed for Cargo Bar in Darling Harbour to meet a few other friends for a few drinks. Our apartment was in Annandale, about a 15 minute bus ride from the city centre. Quite a nice little place, even though it's a bit...

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Big Fat Trip

Dec 18, 2003 - Now in Sydney

Hello all: Well we are now in Sydney. We have been here two weeks but have been having too much fun to find the time to e-mail before this. The People The people here are amasingly welcoming. Yes, people are nice everywhere, however the people we have met are very forward with thier offers to assist, they show genuine interest in what we are doing, they make offers to us (use thier homes to pee (they live accross the street for a playground), use thier swings, sit in thier cars (Simon was interested in a mazda RX-8). There are many many...

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Nov 19, 2003 - Melbourne to Sydney

We rented a car in Melborne and took 3 days to drive to Sydney. We used the coastal route stopping in Bairnsdale and Bateman's Bay for an evening. The B&B in Bairnsdale was a historic Victorian place called the Tara House. Gordon and Kaye were great hospitable hosts. After dinner, Corkie managed to drive down the wrong side of the road returning to the B&B. Exciting! We had agreed that she would do the driving and I would handle the navigating. We had done the opposite a few years before in South Africa and it had not worked very well. The...

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