Trip Start Jul 31, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I arrived in Australia at 1 o'clock this morning and my aunt Florrie kindly picked me up at the airport.  I hadn't seen her in about a dozen years or so, and she didn't recognise me when I walked out of the arrivals gate.. :)

The next day I made it up to Berwick to drop in on my Aunt Kathleen and Uncle George. Hopefully I'd be staying with them for the next 2 weeks, but I wasn't sure because they didn't know I was coming.  Hoping the were even home, I knocked on the door and got the lovely response of "What the hell are you doing here?" from George.  :)  When I walked into the kitchen Kathleen looked at me, thought "Oh, there's Gary." and then carried on making biscuits. Only after a second it clicked that I wasn't supposed to be there.

I was looking forward to seeing my cousin Barbara out here, and the night before I arrived I text her and told her I'd found a cheap flight to Bali from Kuala Lumpur for a few days, and asked her if I should go. Jealous as hell, she said yes, of course, but she then helped me out by texting my name and number to a taxi driver in Bali and telling him I needed a tour guide for my time there.  I got a text from him the next day asking where and when I would like to meet, and then I had to apologise and explain I was actually in Australia and had no intention of going to Bali!

Anyway, no-one knew I was coming and everyone was surprised, especially Emily who nearly fainted. She actually didn't speak for 20 minutes, and if you know Emily, thats something amazing.
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