Hugh Jackman (sigh)

Trip Start Jul 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 28, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ok, so no. We did not see Hugh Jackman... But we did watch his movie, Australia, on the motor coach! If you have been living under a rock and have not seen it yet, Australia is also about a cattle ranch that needs to move cattle from the Darwin area across Australia's Outback. But unlike the black and white version of this movie that we saw a few days ago, in this Baz Lurhmann version, they were taking the cattle to Adelaide. Oh, and the Baz Lurhmann version had a much more good looking cast! :)

The movie was pretty long, but noone seemed to mind... We even had a few people disappointed when we had to stop the movie for a comfort stop!

Lunch was another shopping center stop. Students had a choice of a few different food court options and a little time to browse around the shopping center before we were off again.

When were back on the road, it was only a few more hours before we were just outside of Sydney. After another brief rest stop, we arrived at Eastwood Uniting Church which was where we were scheduled to have our home hosted meal. Coincidentally, it was the same exact place I visited last year. Same delicious home cooked food!

We got there a little early, so Beccah got the group to circle up in one of their halls and play a game since it was another long coach day, and they had excess energy they needed to burn. The pastor of the church introduced himself and said grace before inviting us to get dinner. And there were so many choices! True home cooking! Our cooks happily served us our dinner (shepherd's pie, beef stew, chicken, curry, roasted veggies, pasta, casseroles, etc.)

Before we left, the pastor of the church made sure to leave his town's mark in our memory. The city of Eastwood was a town that was made famous by a little old lady that lived in the town who threw her crab apple seeds in the compost along with other apple seeds, and from that ended up creating a new variety of apple. The lady's name was Mrs. Smith, and many in the town knew her as Granny Smith. Which is how the Granny Smith Apple got its name.

After thanking our hosts, we were finally off to Syndey! Brett drove us across the Sydney Harbour Bridge right into downtown to our final hotel: the Menzies.
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