|Richard & Stacy's Round the World Trip 2001|
Wednesday, May 30, 2001.
Our last full day in Australia. Its been a whirlwind visit, hardly time to breath, much less anything else. While the main body of the conference was over, Ken & Brian were doing a post-conference workshop on .NET, and Don Kiely was doing a workshop on SQL Server. Richard had agreed to a few hours of consulting with a client of Adams in the afternoon so that Adam could catch the first half of the .NET presentation.
This left the morning free to do a little more exploring of Sydney - we grabbed the chance to visit the Taronga Zoo on the north side of Sydney. Peter Vogel and his wife Jan joined us. The best way to the zoo was to walk from the hotel to the ferry terminal and catch a ferry to the north side - the zoo actually has its own ferry terminal and you can buy a package ferry ticket and zoo pass.
The zoo was originally constructed in 1916 and has been expanded significantly since then. It is built on the side of a hill, with the ferry terminal at the bottom (obviously). The logical thing to do is to start at the top and work your way down back to the ferry terminal. There are two ways up - using a tram or a bus. Since the line up for the tram was huge, we opted for the bus.
A quick visit to the information centre at the entrance to the zoo got us maps and directions - the logical starting point at the top is the Australian exhibits. The first section of the Australian exhibit was an open trail walkway, right beside an emu, kangaroos and wallabies.
After the Australian exhibits, the next section had both birds and various reptiles in it in more traditional zoo settings - glass cages, deep concrete pits, etc. The final area of the zoo focused on the animals of Africa.
Leaving the zoo, we took the ferry back to the main terminal and walked back to the hotel. After taking a quick tour through the conference area and post-conference workshops, Richard hooked up with Adam. Richard had agreed to speak with one of Adam's clients on development methodology.
The visit at the client's offices took Richard and Adam up into the northern part of Sydney. Since it was hardly a setting for photographs, you'll notice a distinct lack of them. After more than two hours of talking, they came back to the hotel to hook up with everyone for dinner. This time it was Adam's turn to pick the dinner location (after the frightening experience the previous evening).
You'd expect everything to go smoothly, but it didn't - when we arrived at Adam's favorite Italian restaurant, the power was out! Fortunately, there was a Thai restaurant down the street, and so we took the back up location and had decent Thai food - and ten people ate for less money than one from the previous night.
And that was the last day in Australia - the next morning we would leave early for New Zealand.