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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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Dec 30, 2016 - Sydney Day 14

Friday, Day 14. Actually set an alarm today to wake up early. We wanted to get a jump on the heat. We made our way to the Royal Botanical Garden by way of the train to the harbor, knowing we would be walking several miles in the heat. The gardens were located up a very steep hill, but I made it. It was worth the trip. I actually saw cockatoos in-flight! Big beautiful white cockatoos. I also saw one in a nest. I saw amazing old trees. They were huge! Giant banyan trees and huge native trees. I even saw a Douglas fir and it was the biggest...

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Dec 29, 2016 - Sydney Day 13

Thursday, Day 13. The forecast for the day was for 101 degrees. We decided to take it easy. We did some shopping. I got my sushi again for lunch. I just couldn't believe it was so cheap! We just hung out the rest of the day. Had filo dough wrapped prawns for dinner in the executive lounge. I had a huge shrimp fest down there! Speaking of food, the shopping mall food courts around the hotel were unbelievable! There was only one with a Subway, KFC and a "Maccas" as McDonald's is affectionately known in Australia. Most of the fast food or...

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Dec 28, 2016 - Sydney Day 12

Wednesday, Day 12. We walked to Darling Harbor to see the Maritime Museum. There were a lot of stairs involved in this day. Up and down from bridges. Fortunately, there were some escalators, but a lot of stairs. And it was so hot and humid. We were both miserable. Fortunately, the Maritime Museum had nice air conditioning. It was a very elaborate museum with a lot of photos, paintings and ship logs. There were also actual ships, helicopters and a light house lamp inside the museum. The exhibit extended outside to actual ships. There was a...

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Dec 27, 2016 - Sydney Day 11

Tuesday, Day 11. This was an exciting day. I love boats and love being out on the water when I get the chance. We walked down to Sydney Harbor and took a ferry to Manly Beach. It was really fun because I got to see the Sydney Opera House from the water. The trip to Manly was about 30 minutes. We stood outside on the ferry to catch the sea spray and see the sites. My trusty tour guide pointed out things along the way. He also told stories about buildings, areas, and provided some history. When we arrived in Manly, we went to the beach. It...

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Dec 26, 2016 - Sydney Day 10

Monday, Day 10. We ventured out into the craziness of Boxing Day. Traditionally a day of giving gifts to service providers like postal delivery people, it has become Australia's version of Black Friday. Stores open very early, slash prices and offer door busters. The plan for the day was the Art Museum of New South Wales and the Royal Botanic Garden. First, we had to battle our way out of the shopping madness. There were four major shopping malls next door, across and down the street from the hotel. I actually saw people lined up for at...

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Dec 25, 2016 - Sydney Day 9

Sunday, Day 9. Everyone in the world was in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. We'd been staying at the hotel for so long, we were waved around the crowd and seated at a coveted window table. Enjoyed a light breakfast of toast and peanut butter with strawberries and plums. Gotta save room for Christmas pancakes! We went back to the room and relaxed. Not much to do on Christmas Day. We walked back down to (everyone say it with me) The Rocks. We did some window shopping along the way. Every time I walked down there it got easier, even...

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Dec 24, 2016 - Sydney Day 8

Saturday, Day 8. We walked to The Rocks again. Yes, again. We wanted to see an artist whose work we had seen in a shop in the QVB. Matt sent her an email and asked if she had a booth in The Rocks weekend market and she said she did. We met her and looked at her art. We enjoyed looking at her originals. She does beautiful pencil drawings of Australian animals and birds. The humidity remained out of control and I had sweat running down my face. I don't sweat. It was weird! We wandered into another shop with beautiful oil paintings of the...

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