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Oct 27, 2017 - Off to China

After a sleepless night, we boarded China Southern Airlines heading to Shenzhen, our first stop on China soil. Had about 4 hours there, sitting in an open area under 'guard', before we were walked through to then board the internal flight to Beijing. We arrived about 11.45pm, and the group gathered with Amy and Lily, our Guides. Went to the bus, then had to sit and wait for the Sydney flight to arrive with the rest of our Group. Finally made it to the Hotel about 2am. Dee and Ella have a beautiful Suite, we have what Pete refers to as the...

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Oct 24, 2017 - All packed and ready to go

Mum and I are all packed and ready to make our way to Melbourne. Just on our way to the airport - look out Victoria you are not going to know what hit you with the three of us let loose together. Keep an eye out on the news reports bahaha. Feel free to join us on our journey and learn of the mischief we are getting ourselves into. We are going to have loads of fun and make some fantastic memories. Catch you all on the flip side.............

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Oct 11, 2017 - Los Angeles to Melbourne

Not really a day, because we crossed the International Date Line overnight, but it felt like a full day. We landed safely in Melbourne on time after a smooth & uneventful flight from LA. I slept a bit & watched the movie The Viceroy's House which I found very interesting. It's about Mountbatten's stint as last Viceroy of India & the turmoil caused by Britain's withdrawal which led to the division of India & Pakistan. Events that happened in my lifetime but I was too young to be aware of what was going on. I've now got a couple of hours...

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Canada 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

Today was all about making sure we can find our way to the port. So did a run this morning in our own cars, only one wrong turn,and that was easily fixed. However the boys felt they needed another run, Ann and I were not needed this time, they went in one car, no mistakes this time, no it wasn't because us girls weren't there. We will need to be at the port 6.30am, daylight saving time, which is really 5.30am. The boys have the vans hooked up to the cars etc, only have to unplug the electric cord in the morning and go. We can't take any...

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Tasmania Trip 2017

Sep 29, 2017 - Tasmania Trip 2017

Well we started off early again today, leaving 7.30am, a little apprehensive as we are heading for Melbourne, and will be relying on the navigator to get us around Melbourne and to the caravan park. You will probably be relieved to know all went well. After Shepparton it was double highway all the way to Melbourne, and the navigator got us to the park. It helped that it was a public holiday here today, and even when we went through shopping areas the shops were closed. We have been spoiled all the way down with drive through sites at all...

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Tasmania Trip 2017

Sep 13, 2017 - Saw penguins!

Saw the penguins last night! Natural penguins, not in captivity! Some babies came out of their little den too. Took my roommates out for some beer last night. Strangely enough, walking down one of the busiest streets in Melbourne... not a single bar. I've been told by a few locals, to wonder down random alleys. The best, smallest little places will be off the beaten path. So I took a random street that didn't look to have any promise and bam! Cute little bar stuck between 2 building. Had a blast... I laugh cause it was kinda like the start...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Just another day

Beer tour was great! Just me and the tour guide. He let me pick from a list of places after a brief description of each. I was supposed to go on an hot air balloon ride this morning, but was cancelled because of bad weather. They rescheduled for Fri, but I check, and weather is the same all week. Walked they the State library here. It's huge! Even saw the famous outlaw Ned Kelly's suit of armor. Met a new roommate last night. Iris is from Austria. Her and I are hopefully going to st. Kildas this evening to see the penguins come out of the...

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Sep 11, 2017 - First couple days

Wow! What an amazing city! I've wondered around a bit, getting lost, learning the big streets. Met up with Elly for dessert. She is an amazing tour guide! She's told me different things I need to see, places I must eat, and how to get around. Currently at this little brunch location called Kettle Black. Delicious! Yesterday was my first full day in Australia. In the morning I went to Queen Victoria Market. Kinda like a big flea market. Had some amazing doughnuts. That afternoon I took a free walking tour. My tour guide Evan is from Fort...

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Jul 13, 2017 - I like Melbourne

If someone picked me up and dropped me in the Southern Hemisphere, I could definitely live in Melbourne. The city feels very much like Chicago in the spring and fall - oriented around a river, lots of buzz/activity, substantial urban center, a plethora of restaurants and coffee shops, etc. Granted, it never gets as cold as Chicago in the dead of their winter, but the vibe and the friendliness are incredibly comparable to what you might experience in that particular mid-western city. Only drawback if I had to have one (and this is more for...

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Jul 12, 2017 - Tennis anyone?

This one is going to a be long one as Melbourne is a really cool city so settle in or skip to tomorrow.... So the day started off a bit rocky as I forgot that our first excursion had been rescheduled from 9 am to noon. Given that we went to bed at 12:30 am and woke up at 7:00 am, I wasn't necessarily the most popular person when I dropped the news on Shea and the kids. Nonetheless, we made the most of it and went on a scouting trip with Helen and Yates to Chinatown so they could look for F-Oakleys, F-ifeproof iPhone cases, and other...

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Jul 11, 2017 - Melbourne

So before I share a bit about our first full day in Melbourne (which is great by the way), I thought I would rewind the clock a bit and cover the travel experience from Nadi to Melbourne. While the prior post spoke of all the positives of the airport in Nadi, the flight to MEL on Air Fiji may have been one of the most painful I've EVER taken (as you know, I've had my fair share of travel experiences over the years) - think 5.5 hours, center seat, hot plane, no TVs in the seat backs, audio/video on the cabin TVs broken, no WIFI, kids'...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Melbourne

25 June - Melbourne We left Balllarat early as we needed to get to Melbourne ready for Ruth's cousin, Olive, birthday party. An easy run into Melbourne, we found Janet and John's house that they kindly offered the use of while they were away in the warm up north. We unpacked the car and the trailer (had to erect the tent in the street to get to all the stuff inside the trailer!) and piled it into the house. Closed down the trailer, grabbed a quick shower, met cousin Miles and drove out to the party at William's house. A great party, met...

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