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2017 FEB - AND WE ARE OFF! - BRISBANE TO SYDNEY

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==Welcome back blog readers! ==

Just a quick few words to get this blog started again.

Firstly, I would like to thank all our friends on FB that sent well wishes over the last few days. Yes, we will be careful, yes we will have a good time, yes you will see evidence of this on FB and no you can't squeeze into our bags and come along. I tell you after all the travelling I have done you would think I would be a wiz at packing, but this still seems to be the most stressful part of an trip, (oh and the dreaded airport check in).

Secondly, for those of you that are interested I have listed below a rough itinerary of where we are heading this year:

Feb 6 Fly Brisbane to Sydney
Feb 8 Fly Sydney to Panama City (via LA & Miami)
Feb 8 - 26 Independent travel in Panama
Feb 26 Border crossing from Panama into Costa Rica
Feb 26 - March Independent travel in Costa Rica
March Dolly joins us in San Jose, Costa Rica
March 16 Border crossing from Costa Rica to Nicaragua
March 16 - April 13 Independent travel in Nicaragua
April 13 Border crossing from Nicaragua to El Salvador
April 13 - May 6 Independent travel El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala
May 6 Fly Guatemala City to Havana, Cuba (via 5 hours stopover in Mexico City to pick up tourist card for Cuba)
May 7 Lemons join us in Havana, Cuba
May 6 - 27 Independent travel in Cuba
May 27 Fly Santa Clara, Cuba to Miami, USA
May 27 -31 Independent travel in Miami
May 31 Fly Miami to New Orleans
May 31 - June 7 Independent travel in New Orleans
June 7 Fly New Orleans to Detroit
June 7 - 9 2 nights Detroit
June 9 bus Detroit to Lansing
June 12 bus Lansing to Indianapolis
June 12 - July 7 Independent travel in USA (based in Indianapolis & Washington DC with Dolly's family)
July 7 Fly Washington, USA to Reykavik, Iceland
July 7 Robyn joins us in Iceland
July 7 - 15 Independent travel in Iceland (driving the ring road)
July 15 Fly Iceland to Madrid, Spain.
July 15 - 27 Independent travel in Northern Spain (hire car)
July 27 Fly Madrid, Spain to Malta
July 27 - Aug 21 Independent travel in Malta & Gozo
Aug 21 Fly Malta to Cyprus
Aug 21 - 30 Independent travel in Cyprus (Greek side)
Aug 30 Fly Cyprus to Dubai
Aug 31 Fly Dubai to Bangkok, Thailand
Aug 31 - Oct 22 Independent travel Thailand, Loas, Cambodia & Malaysia
Oct 22 - 29 Tioman Island, Malaysia
Oct 30 - Nov 4 Singapore
Nov 4 Fly Singapore to Brisbane

DAY 1 MONDAY 6TH FEB

I was up until 2.30am last night packing and sorting out last minute things. As I said packing still is not an easy task after all my travel trips. Lyn, the smarty pants, was packed and ready to go 2 days ago, but I assure you this is a first for her to be so organized so early.

We drove to the airport with just a couple of quick detours. A stop at Ikea to buy Lyn a rain poncho (which I hope we don't need too often) and a city stop to drop off Lyn's work computer.

We made it to the airport in plenty of time after dropping the car at the long term car park for Lyn's son to collect at a later date. There was time for a last coffee at Coffee Club and Lyn's daughter Angie was there to farewell us.

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Flight to Sydney was uneventful and just over an hour in duration. We collected our luggage from the very fast moving carousel and made our way to the bus stop to get to the bus Bondi to meet up with Lyn's other daughter Sarah & husband Mark. As we sat waiting for the bus to arrive Lyn exclaimed that she was already totally exhausted after only a couple of hours of travel. I laughed and said this is just the beginning. I am sure after a few days we will get in the travel swing and it will again just become the usual for us.

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As the bus meandered its way from the airport to Bondi Junction, Lyn made another observation that waiting for the bus and this bus journey was actually taking more time than it did for us to travel from Brisbane to Sydney in the plane. I smiled to myself and thought, just wait til we get to Central America and its assortment of chicken buses, there are going to be a lot of journeys that are going to take a lot more time than expected. But for now lets just keep this a secret, so she can enjoy the experience when it happens.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening drinking wine in Sarahs courtyard, later moving inside to enjoy some more!

Tomorrow we plan to hit Bondi Beach.

DAY 2 TUESDAY 7TH FEB

We slept in! and woke to a wet day so unfortunately our plan of a day at the beach had to be canned. We chilled out for the rest of the morning, Sarah made us a lovely brunch as we waited around to see if the rain was going to ease. It didn't, so we ventured out to the shops anyway for a couple of last minute purchases. And we spent an hour or so sitting in massage chairs with manicures and pedicures all round.

The sky had cleared a little so we started to walk home when a happy hour caught our eye and we had a quick cocktail.

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We enjoyed a lovely dinner out and managed to avoid the rain for the walk home. It's been a nice stop off in Sydney at the start of our big trip to visit Sarah and Mark. Thanks for having us guys!

Time now to repack our bags ready for our return to the airport tomorrow for our flight towards America.

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