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... is highly organized, a trait which was invaluable: the friendly staff responded to my emails within 12 hours, provided plenty of pre-trip info like a packing list and itinerary details, and did some last-minute fixing when the ranch course I wanted was all booked up. I arrived in Sydney at 8 am Monday morning and took a shuttle to the hostel (sadly, they don't arrange airport pickup) where I met about 2 dozen ...
... and off we set a good 4 hours before the flight was due to leave.
You may have thought 4 hours was rather excessive but with the experience I'd had of travelling to and from O'Hare I decided to give myself loads of time. Sods law that this time it was a pretty straight forward journey to the airport and I ended up arriving 30 minutes before check-in opened. When the check-in opened the check-in assistant was really weird, first of all she hinted that I wasn't supposed ...
... must ignore their kids to only go to the gym, drunk almost naked people at beach (get a room!!), gin rummy in the underground car park, making memories, flicking the giant bean (apparently a cloud gate, thanks Ro)!! Everyone must visit Chicago. It is beautiful. Just don't sleep ...
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Yes - the title here is right. It is around the world (travelling East from Chicago to Shanghai with stops along the way, back round the "traditional" map to South America and back to Chicago)... and yes it is exactly 80 days with us being back at the end of September.
Planning this trip has taken some immense preparation (and let's be honest, Bry knows that it not her strong suit so this ...
... visiting all of the animals that were awake at night, and admiring the lights.
On our way out, we decided to find a restaurant nearby and saw the Gemini Grill (Erin is a Gemini), so we headed there. It was a bit upscale, but worth it as the food was excellent, the wine was sweet and the service was great. After a very satisfying meal, we headed back to the train for our last ride of the trip.
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