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Travelling to Rainbow Beach

Ivan, Jennifer and I got up early on August 27, 2009.  We checked out of X Base Central. We got on the bus at 6:30 am headed to Rainbow Beach.  Ivan and Jen had cereal on the bus for breakfast.  I had bananas and yoghurt. We stopped at Noosa.  It was a long stop for an hour and a half.  We walked around the town.  There’s lots of posh restaurants and retail shops.  Ivan and Jennifer each had a breakfast smoothie.  I had a banana. We checked out the shops more.  Ivan sent out a postcard.  We grabbed lunch.  Ivan…

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Surfers Paradise

Ivan, Jennifer and I checked out of Nomads Odyssey on August 23, 2009.  We placed our backpacks into luggage storage at the hostel. We walked around Byron Bay.  Ivan and Jennifer had muesli and yoghurt.  I had bananas with milk and honey. We stopped by the beach for a few minutes. We got chicken wraps for lunch.  I added bananas to mine. Ivan and Jennifer went to watch Inglorious Basterds.  I watched episodes of My Gym Partner is a Monkey on Jen’s iPod.  They enjoyed the movie. We grabbed our backpacks.  We got on the Oz Experience bus at 3:30…

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Byron Bay

Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up around 6 am on August 21, 2009.  We had a nice breakfast.  It was time for surfing lessons.  Ivan decided to go.  Jennifer was so tired since she was up late last night reading her book.  Jennifer and I slept on a couch while Ivan went surfing.  He couldn’t stand up on the board.  He didn’t like surfing at all.  He sat down and watched the rest of the group try to surf. We left on the Oz Experience bus at 10:30 am headed to Byron Bay.  We arrived at 2 pm. Ivan and…

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Oz Experience

Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up really early on August 20, 2009.  We checked out of the Mount Batten Hotel. We walked to the Oz Experience office.  We boarded the bus and left at 6:30 am.  Our destination for today would be the Surf Camp.  Our guide’s name was Squatter.  All the Oz Experience drivers have nicknames, but they are not allowed to tell us how they got them.  There was only 8 people and 1 monkey on the bus. Squatter drove the bus for awhile.  Our first stop was at the Koala Hospital and Study Centre.  There were only…

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Strange Wine

Ivan, Jennifer and I checked out of the Funk House on August 18, 2009.  The hostel was nice and the staff was friendly. We got a bus to Central.  We checked in to the Mount Batten Hotel.  We wanted to be near the Oz Experience office since we were doing the wine tour with them on Wednesday and leaving for the Surf Camp on the bus on Thursday.  So, it was better being close since we had  two early mornings. We bought cereal for breakfast and ate it at the hostel.  We got a bus to Circular Quay.  We had…

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Lasertag and Thai food

We left Joe’s house on on August 16, 2009.  Joe drove us to the pier.  We said goodbye and thanks to Joe and Lucy.  We took the ferry to Sydney.  There’s a wonderful view of the city and the Sydney Opera House from the boat. We got a bus to the Kings Cross area.  We checked in to the Funk House. We had lunch at Froth Espresso.  Ivan had the pumpkin soup for a starter.  I had a banana and tuna sandwich.  Ivan and Jennifer each got a chicken sandwich with avocado. We got a bus to Darling Harbor.  We…

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Manly

Ivan, Jennifer and I had to wake up at 4:30 am on August 14, 2009.  We would be flying to Sydney today.  Ivan had set up a taxi the night before.  We left the Pint on Punt Hotel at 5 am.  We got to the airport and got our tickets. We boarded the plane.  Our plane took off around 6:50 am.  We all took short naps on the flight.  We arrived at 8:05 am in Sydney. Ivan and Jennifer grabbed the backpacks from the baggage claim.  We got a train to the wharf.  Jennifer took a nap on the ferry.…

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Surreal Cabaret

Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up late on August 12, 2009.  It was showering today.  Cold, rainy and wet isn’t fun. We walked to Squeeze ‘n’ Bite for lunch.  Ivan ordered a tomato soup and museli with yoghurt.  I got a banana salad with chicken.  Jennifer got a vegetable panini.  The food was great. We got a tram to the city.  We went to the Salvador Dali exhibition called Liquid Desire.  It features a lot of his early work.  It also included some of his surreal art.  I’m glad that most of the art had a description about the work. …

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The City

Ivan, Jennifer and I woke up after noon on August 10, 2009.  Christine was still sleeping.  She had to work at 7 pm.  Ivan booked a taxi.  We would be spending the night at Auntie Nilda’s house.  Nilda is Jennifer’s mom friend – they went to high school together.  She’s Filipino. Christine woke up while we were waiting for the taxi.  The taxi driver got lost.  She said that she could take us there.  We got directions from Google Maps to Deer Park.  The ride was a long one since we got lost.  Nilda lives in Deer Park.  It probably…

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Walking, Drinks and a Movie

Ivan, Jennifer and I checked out of the Flinders Station Backpackers Hotel on August 8, 2009.  We stored our luggage in a locker there.  You have to pay for 24 hour use. We walked to Healthy Appetite for lunch.  I got a banana and tuna wrap.  Ivan ordered a roasted vegetables wrap while Jen got the chicken and avocado wrap.  The wraps weren’t that big, but they were tasty. We walked around the city.  Ivan wanted to ride the free tram around the city.  It’s great that it’s free.  It gives you a nice scenic view of the city.  Also,…

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