Melbourne - Round 2 - Friday, October 25, 2002

Since we didn't get much time to check out Melbourne 1st time around, we have given ourselves 5 days here before heading to NZ. We checked out the Melbourne Zoo yesterday in order to see a Cassowary, Platypus, Wombat and all the poisonous snakes we missed (Oz has 8 out of 10 of the most deadly in the world) before leaving the country. Though we did get to see all these neat creatures, our resolve to have kids went by the wayside when we encountered every elementary student in Victoria on School Field Trip Day. Exhausting!

The rest of our time in Melbourne has been spent planning the flights for the rest of our trip, researching Eurail options, and determining the right time of year to visit certain places & continents. It is quite a relief to finally have the majority of our trip sorted out. We were suprised at how long it actually took to get this worked out (3-4 days of continuous instense discussions).

We were lucky enough to have a few visitors during our last few days in Melbourne. Our last night in Melbourne was spent in luxury at the Sheraton Towers with M's maid of honor Lory. We moved our flight out a couple of days and she moved her flight to Australia in so we could hang out for 24 hours. What fun! It was REALLY great to catch up. It's funny how when you are with your best friend with a glass of wine in hand, it just feels like home no matter where you are in the world. Also, we had fun catching up for a few hours before our flight to Auckland with the Canadian couple we met on Fraser Island (Sean & Sherry). Check out their funny "Survivor" version of the trip to Fraser Island. Our very long account of that trip seems to have been lost in cyberspace. If anyone by chance, printed that info out...PLEASE SAVE IT...so we can retype it in... THANKS

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