Australia

Making the most of my last days in Oz

Brian Tue, 2012-01-31 12:00

I arrived back in Sydney on Sunday morning with the following priorities:

  • See if I could get camera fixed
  • See the Picasso exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, etc.

Three days in South Australia

Brian Mon, 2012-01-30 11:04

After an uneventful flight from Melbourne, I found myself in Adelaide, in South Australia, in the centre of Australia on the south coast.

Checked in with Peter and Suzy George, in their modernist house just off Henley Beach, west of Adelaide proper. My accommodations were spacious...

Police "PR," Australia style

Brian Fri, 2012-01-27 16:15

Australia is agog.

"Prime Minister attacked by wild mob." "Gillard saved from Aboriginal riot by police." Lurid media stories are accompanied by photos of Prime Minister Julia Gillard being hauled through a crowd of police, losing her shoe, stumbling and falling at one point, being shoved into a car, and hauled to "safety."

Two days in St Kilda

Brian Thu, 2012-01-26 12:00

On Tuesday Rod's son Harry and father Ken kindly drove me into Melbourne proper to a beach community called St Kilda.

I've arranged places to stay in Melbourne and Adelaide through airbnb.com, a kind of worldwide dating site for travellers and rooms.

Melbourne with the Massons

Brian Tue, 2012-01-24 04:52

Arrived at Sydney's airport Sunday morning around 6am to the most incredible crush of people I've ever seen at an airport.

Good thing I had arranged for my boarding pass online, just to have an incredibly convenient airport experience. Trouble was, the line to leave one's bags was almost a km long...

Last day in Sydney (for now)

Brian Sat, 2012-01-21 17:44

Did I mention that Australia's really freaking expensive?

The last couple of days I've spent a certain amount of time dealing with a logistical matter—mailing my corduroy sportjacket back home. I HAD to have it on Monday, January 16th on my way to the airport, as it was -5 degrees C. But for the rest of my trip temperatures will be hovering around 30 degrees C, and corduroy definitely won't be necessary. So I found a post office...

Trekking round Sydney

Brian Thu, 2012-01-19 18:55

Weather reports say it's going to start raining, and the rain will last the rest of the week.

Thinking I didn't have much time, I hit the road before 7 this am, and took a trek through Hyde Park, the Royal Botanical Gardens, past the Opera House, and then to Circular Quay, all before breakfast.

Sydney, first day

Brian Wed, 2012-01-18 15:23

After another 9-hour red-eye flight, I arrived in Sydney around 11am January 18th. I'm now 16 hours ahead of Toronto. My instructions from the place I had arranged to stay were to phone them and they'd arrange for a shuttle to come pick me up.

Since I'd removed my Rogers SIM card from my Blackberry and turned it off (the better to avoid very expensive roaming charges!), my only choice was to find a pay phone to call.