Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001


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Day 1 - Departing
Day 2 - Amsterdam
Day 3 - Veldhoven
Day 4 - CttM Day One
Day 5 - CttM Day Two
Day 6 - The Holland Tour
Day 7 - Off to Istanbul
Day 8 - Seraglio Point
Day 9 - Bosphorous Tour
Day 10 - Exploring Sultanahmet
Day 11 - The City Walls
Day 12 - The Asian Side
Day 13 - Taking a Break
Day 14 - Leaving Turkey
Day 15 - A Day in Singapore
Day 16 - Arrival in Sydney
Day 17 - Exploring Sydney
Day 18 - ODDC Day One
Day 19 - ODDC Day Two
Day 20 - Toranga Zoo
Day 21 - Off to New Zealand
Day 22 - Road Trip to Tauranga
Day 23 - Tauranga to Taupo
Day 24 - Visiting Granny Stanton
Day 25 - Leaving Levin
Day 26 - Return to Auckland
Day 27 - The Trip Home

Saturday, May 26, 2001.

Unsure whether we slept better on the plane because of the better seats, or because we'd hardly slept at all the previous night, we woke up less than an hour before landing in Sydney. Actually, we had done everything to make sure we slept well, including putting on the pajamas that Singapore Airlines offers. It was still dark out as the aircraft landed, but the city lights were bright - Sydney is a large city. 

It took awhile to get through customs - Australia has set up serious quarantines because of the outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease in Europe. And, unfortunately, we had been in Europe. We were red-flagged because we had been out in the countryside of the Netherlands. The quarantine officers checked all our shoes, including the ones that were packed. Two pairs of Stacy's shoes were taken away and sterilized - they came back with sparkling clean soles.

Finally we were through, and wandered out into the arrivals area of the Sydney airport. It was at this point that Stacy asked that obvious question, "Do you know what Adam looks like?" Adam and Richard had met at the Advisor conference in Phoenix a couple of years previously, and had been in contact via email since then. Adam had offered to pick us up, and now we couldn't remember what he looked like.

All of a sudden, a sturdy looking fellow came running across the concourse... carrying his shoes and socks. Adam! When asked why he was carrying his shoes, Adam answered "Its a bit early for that, isn't it?" Adam was also picking up Tom Howe, who was supposed to arrive a half hour later. We drank some tea while waiting, and then Tom showed up and we headed out into the city.

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Sitting with Adam having tea. His shoes are now on his feet.   Tom arrives with chuffs on the shoulder for everyone.

Adam drove us to the hotel, but since it was 7:30 in the morning, the rooms weren't ready. They did promise to have rooms in an hour, so Adam offered to take us to breakfast. But first, he had an appointment with an architect at 8am. He had recently bought a house and was planning some renovations. So we headed around to Adam's new house on the south coast.

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The entrance way to Adam's new place, there's furniture stacked up in the garage.   Taking a look at the view through the front window of Adam's place.

Adam introduced us to his mother, who offered to take us on a stroll down to the beach and back, while Adam had his meeting with the architect.

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Adam and Tom in front of the new house. Notice the steep hill down to the beach.   Looking up at Adam's new place from just down the hill a bit, its the one on the right.
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Looking toward the city (and the beach) along the pathway to the beach.   Looking the other way down the south coast.
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The other side of the Pacific ocean, crashing against the smallest continent.   Our first look at the beach, it was more than a kilometre away.
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At Congi Beach... it may be late fall in Australia, but there's still people swimming.   Tom soaks up the sun and the beach in the early morning in Australia. His only comment... "This doesn't suck!"

We walked back from the beach to the house, Adam and his wife Anastasia were just wrapping up their meeting. Then we all headed out for breakfast near the beach. The little cafe had typical breakfast fare, although Adam had to special order his preferred meal: pancakes with scoops of ice cream.

After breakfast, we were off to the hotel, the rooms were ready. The Sheraton on the Park is one of the best hotels in Australia, and the hotel room was fantastic - especially the bathroom!

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Stacy and Tom after breakfast, checking out the still early morning of Australia.   Stacy (just call me "Vanna") shows off the hotel room.
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The fantastic bathroom - here's the shower (and toilet).   The other half of the bathroom, with the fancy bathtub.
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The view out the window of the hotel room. What's the tower with the cables?   Its the AMP tower, one of the Sydney landmarks.

All checked in, Adam offered to take Tom and Richard to his office - Stacy opted for a nap. Adam has a successful contract development company called SSW.

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Entering the fancy offices of Adam's SSW.   Tom relaxes in the board room of the SSW office. He might as well relax, Richard is using up all the bandwidth...
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Richard eating up the bandwidth in Adam's office, uploading the web site, transferring files, sending email...   Adam shows Tom his new session for the conference.

Adam also made reservations for dinner for all of us, including Ken Getz, Peter Mason and Brian Randall. We finally finished up at the office went back to the hotel and picked everyone up to go to dinner. At dinner, Adam and Richard split the seafood platter, a huge mound of seafood that they both tore into.

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Adam and Anna on the way out of the office and off to dinner.   The Fresh Ketch - our first dinner in Australia.
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Brian and Tom soaking up the atmosphere of the restaurant... and a few beers.   Adam tears into the mound of seafood that is a seafood platter - lobster, crab, oysters, fish, mussels, sardines...
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A short while later, Adam is still eating - now onto the leftover salad.   Ken and Peter say good night after getting back to the hotel.

All of us were pretty jet lagged, so by 8pm, we were ready for sleep. After dinner we headed back to the hotel and caught twelve hours of sleep. After two overnight flights in a row, it was down right novel to sleep on a bed again. The next day we would explore Sydney.