Perth: 14 through 18 April

When we first announced that we were thinking of taking a trip to Australia, my friend Helen, whom I knew only through LiveJournal, invited us to come and stay with her and her then-fiancee, Daniel (they’re married now). In looked at our itinerary, and in the interest of seeing as much of the country as…

Chinese Gardens and Darling Harbour

Managed to sleep a bit later the next morning (until about 6.00), and had breakfast at the hotel . . . urgh. Not sure if the food on the buffet was supposed to be some sort of traditional Australian fare, but it was awful. I’m pretty sure most of it came out of cans, and…

Botanic Garden and Opera House

Next morning also began really “early,” local time, anyway. We were all awake by about 4.30 a.m., but of course couldn’t exactly get up and start sightseeing. So, we hung out in the hotel, took our time getting ready, and headed out into the city around 8.30, intending to start at the Australian Museum (the…

Hyde Park and City Bus Tour

Getting through customs and to the hotel was also uneventful, but took a long time, and by the time we got into our room, the headache I’d been fighting for two days had come back. I was exhausted, and since it was only 9 in the morning by the time we’d gotten settled in our…

Sydney: 11 through 14 April

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to visit Australia. I think I really started in earnest after my grandparents went several years ago, and it sounded like the most wonderful, exotic place imaginable. So, when my father died and left me a fair chunk of money, I decided that one of the…

Birding the Bass

While living in Scotland, this is one of the adventures I didn’t want to miss – a chance to see the northern gannet rookery on the Bass Rock, off the coast of North Berwick. It was well worth the trip! We boated over on the Sula II, an historic boat in her own right, and…