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Jan 11, 2017 - Swimming and Shopping

Last night, I headed back to Town Hall in the evening. I wanted to explore a little and maybe find a place to get some food. Not too far from the train stop, I found a little barber shop and decided I was overdue for a trim. Several years ago, I got a haircut in the Philippines. I was impressed by the fact that the experience was so different than going to the barber in the states. Never thought of a haircut as an experience before, but these days I seem to try to find a barber shop wherever I go. As experiences go, this was not incredibly...

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Jan 10, 2017 - Beaches with Ben

My friend at the seminary, Lisa, wanted to connect me with a friend of hers from her China days named Ben. He lived in China for about 7 years, but now is back in his native Sydney. I contacted him and he suggested we connect this morning for a brief tour and some lunch. He picked me up just outside my Guesthouse at 8 a.m. Ben is great. Loves to talk. Interested in art, politics, religion, culture, and pretty much everything Australian. I quickly found out that he is a beach comber and constantly drags his two daughters to beach for a quick...

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Jan 9, 2017 - The Blue Mountains

Somewhere just west of town are the Blue Mountains. They are called the Blue Mountains because of a blue haze from all the Eucalyptus trees. You can get there by car, bus, or train. I decided to take the train. Not the fastest route, but a nice view of the countryside. If you come to Sydney, you need to get an Opal card and load it first thing. I don't know what Opal stands for (hm...maybe it's the stone), but Opal is the company that handles the fares for all the public transportation. Your Opal card gets you onto buses, trains, even...

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Jan 8, 2017 - Bye, bye Brisbane, hello Sydney

1 January 2017 A hot night, it was 30 degrees at 7 in the morning, so not too strenuous a walk for the dogs. They would have chased the ball for longer but they were taking longer and longer rests, so we came home to the air-conditioning. First day we decided to use it, we usually managed without. Great to have it nonetheless. A lazy day at home, resting from all the sunshine yesterday. We had applied factor 50 several times but still managed to get a little overdone. We caught up with the washing as the forecast for the rest of the week...

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Jan 8, 2017 - Hillsong

Sunday. Thought it would be cool to find a place to worship. Hillsong is here. Hillsong is maybe the most well-known mega-church in the world owing to the worship music that is used in churches from--well, everywhere. But, Hillsong is not close to Kirribbili. I plotted out the route a couple of different ways and all of them looked like they would take a minimum of an hour and a half to get there. Well, half the fun is getting there...or so I've heard. I woke up around 7 a.m. and started getting ready. OK, I thought about getting ready for...

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Jan 7, 2017 - The Sydney Opera House

IASYM is in the books. It wrapped up well. I’m not sure that the last paper wasn’t my favorite. A Norwegian talked about some patterns for public speaking for youth ministry. Interesting stuff. Grabbed lunch with a few people and decided to get on my way. I am hoping to keep in touch with a few of the folks from the conference. I was actually surprised when I started thinking I would like to attend the next International conference in Durham, England in 2019. Well, I’ve got some time to plan in any case. I found a bus stop, but apparently...

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Jan 6, 2017 - More Conference...and Animals

To be honest, I am getting tired of the presentation of academic papers. It is actually an awful thing to say since 1) I am supposed to be an academic and love this kind of thing, and 2) that is really the reason I came to Australia. What is fun about the conference is chatting with the people. I had breakfast yesterday with a group of people who are Australian Catholic youth leaders. They are absolutely fun. I had picked up a little packet of Vegemite, just because I figured I should try it. When they saw me opening the pack to get a...

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Jan 5, 2017 - IASYM

Yes, I probably should have taken a picture or two of New College, but I just haven't. IASYM (the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry) is an organization that I have belonged to since I was working on my doctoral dissertation. Meetings are often in Cambridge, UK, though they have spread things out a bit more in the last few years. OK, if truth be told, I actually came this year because the event is in Sydney. IASYM is a pretty academic organization. Pretty much the entire meeting consists of members presenting papers...

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Jan 4, 2017 - Arrived in Sydney

Boarded the flight at LAX on January 2. I have seldom seen the iconic LA airport so crazy. No real traffic on the freeway, but then it took over 30 minutes to get the 2 miles from the airport exit to the airport entrance. Basilio convinced me to go to the arrivals level instead of the departures because a lot more people seemed to be getting out of LA than getting in. Hm. Maybe that should be no surprise. Said goodbyes to Basilio and took the escalator up to the departure level. Everything was easy. Checked bag, cleared security, got a...

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Jan 2, 2017 - Sydney Day 17

Monday, Day 17. My goodness how time flies. I didn't want to go home, but I didn't want to stay there! It's too humid! But what an experience. I'm so grateful that I could make this trip. I don't want to go home because there's so much more world to see. I don't want to miss anything! I will miss the plums in this country. I do love those small plums with the red insides. They have such a short season back home. We had our last free breakfast buffet in the window seat. We finished our packing and talked about our favorite parts of the...

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Jan 1, 2017 - Sydney Day 16

Day 16. My last full day in Sydney. Other than the unbelievable, sweat inducing humidity, it has been a great trip. Once in a lifetime kind of thing. I saw wonderful things, laughed a lot, slept well, burned a lot of calories and enjoyed the adventure. We were kind of at a loss of what to do on this hot and steamy last day. The clouds were threatening and rain was in the forecast. I wanted to take some Kit Kats home, so we walked to Wooly's. I've learned over the years of friendship with an Aussie that they abbreviate everything. For...

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Dec 31, 2016 - Sydney Day 15

Saturday, Day 15. I had seen and done about 95% of the things I wanted to do on this trip plus a few extra things I didn't have in my itinerary by day 15. This day would be an extra thing. We set off on foot for Darling Harbor to see the Lego Wonders of the World exhibit. It's featured very large replicas of the seven wonders of the world, iconic landmarks, art pieces and other assorted marvels. Each piece indicated how many Lego bricks and hours it took to complete. There was a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, the Mona Lisa, the...

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