Goodbye Austalia

Trip Start Jun 14, 2011
Trip End Sep 21, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, September 1, 2011

Last day in Sydney Australia.
My mom always talked about Australia, but she has never been (yet) . It's too bad, Australia is beautiful. (I might have said that before) I would love to see more of it. The gold cost, ocean road...
We had breakfast at the harbor and the funniest thing, I stood up to take a picture of the family and a big seagull attacked my sandwich and as I leaped toward the beast I accidentally snapped a picture of the thieving bird grabbing my breakfast...I will have to post that picture for sure.
We took the fairy to Manley bay, the skies were so blue and not a cloud dressed them and the the wind was calm. Manley was beautiful , much like a surfers paradise. Surf lessons were advertised all over (at about 75% less cost than Hawaii might I add) and sports shops, Roxy, quicksilver and oakley were situated comfortably along the main drag. We spend some time browsing around and sat on the beach watching surfers and excited parents filming their kids lessons. M and M played on the play ground and we just enjoyed the day.
The fairy ride back was great and we made a quick stop to the hotel to try to firm up our reservations for Cape town and see if we could check in on line. We got a place in cape (right central by the V&A ) and we rented a car, I think it will be great. We tried unsuccessfully to check in online since our fare is a One world alliance around the world ticket (with many additions) and we do not have tickets only an online itinerary we were not able to book..we have tried before but decided to give it a last shot to no avail.
We caught the 4 o'clock fairy to Darling harbor and although we had decided not to do the aquarium we had bought a 3 attractions pass and had one left so we popped in. Well it was great. The kids really wanted to see a platypus (did you know they only reside in Australia) and we got very lucky as they are nocturnal and just we got the he was out and about flaying around like a crazy dude in his tank. It was great. The shark exhibit was also extraordinary and we watched a documentary on sharks and I know I talked about it in my reef blog, but again it is so sad how we have almost brought them to extinction. There was a large computerized map that tracked great whites along the coast of Australia live and that was fascinating. There is still so much to learn in the world. The wildlife conservation work being down is great but probably not enough. There was one display that really got our attention and It really brought home what littering does to owe environment. (every home and school should have a poster like that) It was "the life cycle of litter" A person threw our a plastic bag from his car window. It rained and the bag got into the sewer system and ended up in the ocean. That was week one. Week 2 a seagull tried to eat it, it got stuck in his throat and he was not able to eat, he slowly starved to death. week 13 the decomposing seagull is almost gone and the bag is free again, it gets picked up by a baby seal he eats it, he is lucky it does not cause him a slow and painful death but a quick suffocation. week 30 the baby seal decomposes and the bag is free to roam again, an endangered turtle eats it thinking it is an octopus as they look very much a like in the water ( I can attest to that if you read my blog from Hawaii when I tried to save the turtle from the plastic bag that was an octopus!!!) The turtle starves and dies. The bag finally floats a shore and gets stopped in its delay path by a boy who picks it up and throw it in the trash. It brings it all home doesn't it?
The Aquarium was great and it offered a lot of variety even from Osaka. We met Dylan who signed the kids T-shirts (which are getting full ) He is a marine biologist and showed us all the touch and feel stuff..shark eggs (ugh!) sea cucumbers, sea apples, starfish and such. He was so great and the aquarium was quiet as it was getting late so it was like a personalized tour, fabulous. We did some shopping at Wild Australia--it's a neat shop and mikael got a hoody and some shirts and we got a pool sign. ;0)
We were so hungry by the time we got out and we looked at lots of menus walking down the harbor but we ended up at the same tapas place as the night before--hey why mess with a good thing.
The fairy ride back was beautiful and sydney in lights is something else. We tried to hit the sack at a decent hour but you know how it is when you have to get up early you can never sleep. Jonas and I booth laid there waiting for the alarm to go off at 6 (which is not even that early) and we headed for the airport. Everyone had been wonderful here in Australia (well with the exception of the hotel in Sydney) Friendly , smiling, happy.
We are now sitting on the plane to Johannesburg it is a 14 hour flight and we are about 3 hours in (oh joy) I watched the movie Brides mades and it was pretty funny, it would have been much funnier with Lise, Gun and Lisa in the VIP lounge with some cocktails..but...
I know I have said we have made some decisions on this trio and they stand even firmer the further in we get on this journey. I think I have learned to say NO. (can you believe that LIse?!) I have actually turned down a couple of offers on this trip as I thought it over and said to myself, "I will have to stress my self to death to pull that off" So I turned it down. On a few other events and such I have offered to send someone in my place, and that seems to work ok as well. Life is such a wonderful gift, I don't want to rush it away. I have been so blessed with my babies (They hate it when I call them that) and I have always put them first, and I will continue to do so , but I think I will try to find just a little pice of that clock that will be just mine. A few seconds or minutes that will belong to me. ( those of you wo read this before I edited this you can see that I have deleted the next whole paragraph--Ilkeep forgetting people acruallt read this sometimes and it was absolutely more of a diary entry and much to personal so thank goodness for edits..If you did read it, please respect the privacy of those choices .l;0)
I hope that those changes we are hoping to implement when we return will come in to effect. Some goals are long term some short.
And hey friends, feel free to remind me when I get back that I will have more time for you..
that coffee and chat , or a walk in silence if you just need me. I am so happy that you guys are in my life.
I am super excited to bring the kids to Afica, there is so much to learn here. I cant wait to take them to the house of Nelson Mandela and.for them to learn of the History here and what was done by just a few people to acheive equality. They have learned so much about human nature good and bad on this trip and i hope that they will use this information wisely and apply it to their life. IT has been hard on them at times they are young, but it has been nestled in with love and fun and I think we have managed to made this trip both educational, relaxing and fun. we have had so many long discussions on life and character and I think that it's in their foundation now....
Well I suppose I will see if therey is another movie that might look interesting I have a few years of movies to catch up on...Water for Elephants seems fitting.......
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B on

You always make me smile. As always thanks for sharing. :)

Janicke on

So love reading your entries ! I came back from Africa with so many intentions...and stil have those intentions but came way too quickly back to reality...need a little longer to try to fit in all my intentions and goals ! I promise I will work on them ! I can't believe we will see you in about three have done so much and you will continue to do and see so much in the next few weeks..but I do look forward to seeing all of you back here soon !

Lisette on

Hi there. Yes intentions are great but much harder tO implement. I hope we can make at least a few small changes. Life is so fragile. I do know for sure though there will be big hugs waiting for the both of you :)

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