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Dec 19, 2016 - Sydney Day 3

Monday, Day 3. Matt and I had breakfast before he went to work. I had the day to explore. I decided to take a little stroll back down George Street to the harbor and walk across the Harbor Bridge. Not over the harbor bridge on that stair climb that they have on the very top, just across the bridge. I wouldn't be bothered by the height at all, but I didn't know if they would have a wind suit in my size and I really didn't want to be the old lady who was struggling to climb up all those steps over the bridge. I didn't want to say, "Can we...

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Dec 18, 2016 - Sydney Day 2

I tried porridge at breakfast. It had the consistency I like for oatmeal. It had strawberries. It was most definitely not oatmeal flavor. Or, the oatmeal I enjoy is so doctored up with almonds, brown sugar and raisins, I just don't know real oatmeal! I slept well and my dogs were not barking. I credit my New Balance shoes. I didn't have them when I was in London. Good thing I have them now because I walked 14,879 steps for a total of 6.6 miles yesterday. We made our way back down to the harbor to a shopping area called The Rocks after...

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Dec 17, 2016 - Sydney Day 1

This is the journal of my first trip to Australia to visit Sydney and my friend, Matt. He was born and raised in Sydney and lives in Umina Beach, about two hours north of the city. He works in Sydney. We've been friends for 12 years and he has been to the USA to see me five times. It is definitely my turn. This blog entry was written during and after my 17 hour direct flight from Dallas to Sydney. It should have a catchy title like "Diary of a Mad Sojourner." Matt wasn't joking when he told me the flight is brutal. I just wanted to lie...

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Oct 6, 2016 - In transit ... and not loving it!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! It's official ... travelling is not much fun, and takes a long time! The flight last night was reasonable. We had a spare seat in our row, so Mardi got to sit near the aisle, and we had room between us. It wasn't great, but it was OK. Then we flew into Dubai airport and spent an exorbitant amount of time walking!!! Walking, walking and a bit more walking, until we found out that we had to be in a totally different terminal and had to travel there by bus. And once we arrived we spent some more time walking until we...

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Luke's Football Tour

Sep 7, 2016 - Dad's Heritage

Wow! What a great day. We started late (after a really good, much needed sleep) - at 8am. Janine and Luke started about three hours earlier with a 6km jog around the Glasgow streets. Breakfast ... was at McDonalds (located right next door). Then we split up so Janine and Luke could go and buy some new footy boots (which they did ... check them out in the photo). Mum and I found my lost phone (in the car, thank goodness) and spent some time around the motel. Once we all met up again we took a drive to the site of the Rottenrow Maternity...

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Sep 6, 2016 - We made it to Glasgow

Boy, oh boy, that was one long plane trip. We are currently adjusting to the time change but as I type its 6.30pm here and 3.30am there and we feel like we've been awake forever!!!! The first plane trip was on an airbus and even though we didn't have an aisle seat (so mum could get out and walk around) nor were we sitting all together (Janine and Luke were on the other side of the plane a couple of rows behind us) it was very spacious and quite an enjoyable trip ... albeit 14 hours in length with very minimal sleep. The two hour stopover...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Leaving from Sydney

Day 1 of our holiday has begun. Janine and Luke left from Wollongong and Mum and I flew from Port Macquarie. Our flight was excellent ... so smooth and quick. We all met up at the International Terminal ready for our 9 pm departure. We are just about ready to depart. Let's hope the next flight is as good as the first leg!!

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Jul 21, 2016 - Rest of Italy and stunning Croatia

Hello everyone We are Dubrovnik as we write this and we wrap up our tour of Croatia tonight. Tomorrow we have our own free day in the city and then on Saturday we have a trip about an hour north, across the Bosnian border and then back into Croatia and into little Drvenik, the town where James’s grandfather lived until a teenager. The trip is running fast and we have had a great time. Very sad about the 14th July fatalities and injuries in Nice. In Croatia there is very little sense of these issues. This is not quite mono cultural but after...

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Averill and James

Jul 13, 2016 - The Decision

Well I've made the decision finally to take the leap its been something on my mind for a long time so rather than just do one leap im going to do to. Firstly im going to start my travelling journey first stop is Sydney second is a possible little nip tuck to start my trip off crossing off two life dreams. June the 27th i land. Aug the 8th i have my first job consultation. Im pretty excited as its something ive always wanted and im 100% sure but still pretty nervous. But after that and a small recovery period im going to see Sydney!! Where...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Italy

Italy Hello everyone from a beautiful and very hot Italy. We have been here about two weeks. We flew into Rome on 16th June via Doha and we can recommend Qatar Airlines. Very good service from Singapore. We arrived that evening and stayed two nights in Rome itself. We spent our free day in Rome walking through backstreets and zig zagging across the city. We wanted the exercise as we had been at the Singapore Conference and then on the flight. It is good to get out in the sun and acclimatise. We enjoyed a really special dinner in a rooftop...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Singapore

Singapore We know most of you have travelled to and some have lived in Singapore so rather than describe it we will look at both history and some recent events. Singapore certainly punches well ahead of its weight. At little over 7 million population overall some 38% of people are on time dependent visas. They are working in Singapore for specific periods. The major cities in the region all want to emulate the success of Singapore. It has really taken the mantle now as the hub of the region. Down the West Coast of Malaysia are the straights...

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Jun 11, 2016 - Economy Class - back where we belong

We'd checked in online the day before, so after a short taxi ride from home, no queuing at the baggage drop off and breezing through security we were on the other side..... Finally, a taste of how the other half live. This is the first time we used the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport. Our once in a calendar year access included free food and drinks, comfy lounges, high speed internet and a chance to feel a little bit special before joining the other plebs boarding our overnight Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, in economy...

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