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Term 3: Life as usual, except on a different continent

Term 3 Not many posts for these last 10 weeks. Life had seemed to hit a bit of a routine. We find ourselves focusing on school, work, cleaning, visiting, grocery shopping, laundry, the routine stuff of day to day life. Every once in a while we think, “oh yeah, we’re in Australia.” Or “geez, this … Continue reading »

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Sydney Visits (Powerhouse Museum, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Tower)

Returning from Cairns we planned to spend a few days in Sydney to explore a bit more and spend some time visiting with Frances and Michael. We are getting comfortable enough to leave the car and take the trains and ferries – takes the stress out of commuting and eliminates the need for parking. The … Continue reading »

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Cairns Tours (Tjapukai, Kuranda, Sky Train, Scenic Rail)

Tour Day This day was one of the tours we booked: a tour of Tjapukai, the Aborigine cultural center followed by the sky train over the rainforest to Kuranda, poking around the town there, then a train through the mountains back to Cairns. Tjapukai The cultural centre offers a variety of experiences and learning opportunities … Continue reading »

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School Holiday in Cairns

Landing late at night we found the hotel we booked several weeks ago had us in a small room with two single beds rather than the suite with kitchenette we originally booked. With no other rooms available we spent an uncomfortable night and headed off in the morning to find another place. We did end … Continue reading »

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Second School Break

Before flying to Cairns for the second school break we spent a few days with another exchange family in Newcastle. They started their exchange in June of 2013 and were preparing to head home after their year here. Part of the visit included a Canada Day celebration with the friends they met there. Was a … Continue reading »

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