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A land down under

We are currently in Bangkok, having spent a full week in the beautiful city of Sydney in a great little house we rented through airbnb. We landed in Bangkok a couple days ago, but the transition from nearly 6 months in South America to Australia was pretty big for us to begin with. I guess switching from doing everything in Spanish mode formally ended as we boarded our Qantas flight from Santiago. We were like kids in a sweet shop having so much choice in films, I finally got a chance to watch 'The Avengers' which I loved, as there wasn't much chance to watch a non-dubbed Spanish version of 'Los Vengadors' whilst in South America. Also, Loki is gorgeous so that helped. ;)

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We also got a huge surprise partway through the flight, as when we peeked out of the plane window, we realised that we were flying over Antartica. We double checked on the interactive flight map and it was true, it seems as the Southern hemisphere moved from winter to spring, the Antartic ice had spread out quite far out so we were able to see part of it during our flight. It's definitely the furthest south we've ever been.

So Australia has almost been like home, being able to speak English everywhere, access to treats such as real Cadbury's chocolate, Quorn sausages, Heinz baked beans, all the kind of stuff we won't get access to for the next 6 months has been nice. Also, being able to catch up with some old friends has been really nice. Sydney has definitely been a winner on the social side.

We had great weather for most of our time, even got some fab shots of the sunset over the opera house and harbour bridge. I took a trip to Kiama to see my Norwegian friend Alex and his lovely Aussie wife and family, where I was treated to a funpacked guided tour around the delights of Kiama in the fog and drizzle. We also had a fantastic meal at my friend Dave's Greek restaurant in central Sydney before meeting up with yet more friends Kerrie, James and their respective families in Epping for a lovely BBQ in the park. I really could see myself living in Sydney one day, it's a great place.

So now we're in Bangkok, recovering from yet another bout of jetlag but tripping over gringos, food stalls and temples at every step. Unsure about the next steps as it depends on the visa situation with India. Hopefully, we'll get an Indian visa within a week and then we'll head straight over there, and come back to Thailand later on. Otherwise, we'll make it up as we go along. It's worked for us so far!

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Posted by pixies 18:12 Archived in Thailand

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Beautiful photo of Sydney. As you're heading towards Don Det, I am flying soon to Australia - so I'd better check out your blogs on the land from down under. Have fun in Laos. :)

by Brian

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