Category: Personal

All that remains This will be my last post from Australia. It is Saturday morning, Friday night for you. I entered the country with $500 U.S. I exchanged $400 of it, giving me about $330 AUD. Over 8 days and 8 nights, I have spent all but $18.15 AUD. This morning, I will have my normal ‘brekky’ at Starbucks, which will cost me around half of that. Then, when I go to the airport, I may have something else before…

I didn’t post yesterday because I’ve been stuck in the hotel for 2 days due to heavy, unrelenting rains. Today, Thursday in Australia, as I write this, it continues to rain. I had to invoke Plan C because the other plans failed: Plan A – Go to Blue Mountains on the train. Well, it rained on Tuesday, so I elected to stay on, but on Wednesday, I was game! I walked, in the rain, down to Central Station, went to…

Yesterday, it was a cold and rainy day, so my walking was cancelled. Instead, I opted to walk around the corner and visit the Australian Museum. I must say that it was, in a word, impressive. It is probably the best single museum that I’ve ever been in. I specify “single” because, by far, the best museums that I’ve ever entered were the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC, but this museum was very impressive. There are a number of things…

This morning I awoke the sound of rain beating against my window. I got out of my bed, made it over to the window, had a look outside. Down on the streets, from the 13th floor, in the darkness, I could see the water running down the street and the raindrops splashing in the puddles. It was at that point that I wondered what I would do for the day since my preferred method of getting around is walking. I…

Being in a country where they use the metric system is, quite frankly, a breeze. I never did quite understand all of the drama that jumped off back in the late 70’s when we made a feeble attempt to switch to the metric system. People were so attached to their units: pounds, ounces, gallons, all having their individual conversions and complications. The government did a half-assed job of trying to sell metric, but finally backed off to stop the whining…

Another Sydney icon is The Harbour Bridge. My friend Adam Brown mention on my Facebook page that I should be sure to walk across the bridge. That had been in the plans all along. As a matter of fact, I had planned to do the bridge climb, but then decided against it because you weren’t allowed to take anything with you up to the top of the bridge. This makes perfect sense, but I wanted to take a camera with…

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