Response: Hi Chloe,
Check this website: seat61.com
Excellent info on all sorts of train trips including Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian, which is the one I took. Hope this message gets back to you in time!
Response: Hey Seals,
The extra kilos sure prove I'm up to the task, the thing now will be to get rid of them again!
Hope you and Kate are on track to 'do Europe' this year too.
On my way home I'm stopping in Hong Kong for 48 hours so hopefully will catch up with Rossy.
Response: Hello Rita
Hope you had a merry Christmas too and a fun New Year's Eve. I had a very memorable French-Polish Christmas and then a big night for NYE in Paris with an international group of people.
Hello to Timothy! Hope he's well.
All the best wishes for 2006.
Response: Holidays are here so there won't be any classes for a couple of weeks. I hope you remember that there'll be a brief exam when 'school' gets back - open (web)page, like open book, so it won't be too hard!
Look forward to hearing your news of holidays and Christmas. Safe travels Sealos.
Response: Salut Morgane,
I'm pleased you emailed as I've been trying to call your mobile in the last couple of days. I'm back in France - just west of Paris. I'll send en email direct from my yahoo. Hope we can meet up soon.
Jojo is well.
Response: Thanks Kento, good to hear from you. Hope you're well. Briefly saw a standup show on TV the other evening but it was a Russian channel so I understood nothing though it was quite funny to laugh at the faces the guy pulled. Jo's Mongolian flatmate knows Russian and she was laughing constantly so the guy must've been good!
Response: Thanks Seals, Received Kate's email too.
Mongo has ben great so far... it snowed for the first time last Friday and we awoke this morning to about 10cms of it! So it's definitely winter and it's definitely cold! Brass monkey weather!
Jojo and I confirmed yesterday our 10 day trip to the far west of the country. We'll be hiking, riding horses, staying with local families, checking out glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and, best of all, meeting and staying with an eagle hunter and family. That is they use eagles to hunt for them - should be super interesting.
We - Jo, GG and I - are a bit poorly at the moment. Sore throats and upset stomachs so nothing major. Otherwise it's been really good hanging out with G again and especially spending time with Jojo.
Hope you're well and enjoying the start of summer.
Response: Howdy Clarice,
How are you? Thanks for the messages - much appreciated. Loving Mongolia at the moment. Great to see Jo and GG - they have a comfortable, warm apartment in a safe area so that's good.
Pleased to hear Coogee's fun and happening for you. Fantastic news about your exciting project in Redfern - best of luck with it!
Am uploading photos now too so please check 'em out.
Bye for now.
Thank you for the birthday wishes - lovely to hear from you. The day was spent working as we had guests aboard the yacht. Still it was very pleasant as we were anchored off western Corsica with fine warm weather so it wasn't soo bad!
Received my Moscow to Ulan Baatar train ticket the other day and my Mongolian visa last week - just the Russian one to go and a France-Moscow flight to book and I'm there. I leave Moscow Tuesday 25th! Can't wait - it'll be really exciting and fantastic to see Jo.
Thank you again. Hope you're all well.
Response: Hey Vickers,
Great to hear from you. Hope all's well in Syd. Life's sure been pretty good for me in recent months. And fear not, I'll be home. Surprising how much I miss it actually.
I knew your house would be a party house just as soon as I heard you two were flatting together. Pleased to hear it!
Keep well, more photos soon(ish)!
Response: Hi Morgane,
Thank you. I will call you and Ben soon... I hope to meet you in Marseille in mid October.
Updates have been few and far between in recent times, I admit. Profuse apologies.
It is awesome - though am keen to travel again soon. I'm also excited about returning home in April. Love home, love friends and love family.
PS: if you liked the crutchless undies, you should've seen the other outfit: leather chaps, tight sparkly vest, big stetson and Elton John style sunnies. Rivetting? Downright sexy! ;-)
Response: Hi Annie,
Lovely to hear from you. Spoke with Hads and he said you'd really enjoyed yourselves - a pity not to have seen you but as you say another time.
In Moscow for three and a bit days before catching the train on Oct 25. Anything you can recommend? I'm sure it'll be amazing.
So excited for Jess - just the best news. Can't wait for the book launch - Jojo and I will be there! Jojo and I may well be in London for new year so will see Jess and Hads then hopefully.
Lots of love,
Response: Hi Jess, Thanks for dropping by and dropping me a line. How's parli treating you? I recall you were transferred to Canberra - that right?
Hope you're well.
Response: Bonsoir Marina et Jean,
Je suis au pub en ce moment (alors il est19h00!) et je peux envoyer les emails d'ici!
J'ecrirai mon petit journal très tôt.. je vous promets! J'aime bien la France... et je trouve le travail sur bateau très interessant. J'espère que vous soyez content... Je vous remercie pour ton message... c'est super génial.
Response: Hello... Was great chatting with you and, yes, I'm in the port of Cannes on the Mediterranean in the south of France. Here til probably July 29. Let me know what you're thinking by sending me a normal email. Love,
Response: Monsieur Derek,
Comment vas tu? Je te remercie pour ton message - très génial de lire tes nouvelles.
Federer est certainement le mieux - il est numéro un mondial pour une raison, non?!
J'éspère que tu vas bien.
Response: Hi M&D,
Haven't caught any of Le Tour unfortunately. It would've come through the south on Thursday I think. I was working hard, even though it was Bastille Day holiday, helping to put the mainsail in position. It took the best part of the whole day. I enjoyed the fireworks display - Sam and I took turns to go up the mast to get an unbelieveable view of the harbour and the town. Also cool:after the show all the boats, large and small, got on their horns and blared them for about 5 minutes. It was just this crazy chorus of sound.
Look forward to chatting soon - will try you Sun night (17th)
aka 'Thailor Boy'
Response: Hi Beth,
This adventure sure hasn't happened the way I was thinking when I left home and that's the best part about it. I can see this experience continuing for quite a while yet!
And didn't you know? If you take a job on one of these sailing boats it's obligatory to get a wooden leg. You should see me go! At least I only need to buy one shoe now, one sock too. Very economical... no idea why it hasn't caught on in other 'walks' of life.
Sorry had to be said.
Yes 'YT style' was the order of the day at the wedding.
Got your email - very cool to hear from you. That Ocean Road sure sounds Great!
Leave La Ciotat tomorrow, Mon 4th, for Cannes. Should be a good change. Busy month coming up tho.
Big hug to Loz and one of those palm cracking high fives for you!
Response: Hello Marney,
Certainly am having a blast so far. I'm involved in a sailing regatta in Monaco from 13-18 September, another in Cannes from 25 Sep-1 Oct and another in St Tropez from 2 Oct. Depending on your plans I may be able to get to Biarritz before 13 Sept or after 18 Sept. I'd reckon it'll be difficult to get time off then but I'll have a chat to the captain.
Having said that I'm going to ask for a day or two off to take a long weekend to London in early August to have a big catch up with friends and family. Email me your phone numbers to my yahoo address and I'll call you when I know what I'm doing so we can organise to meet.
Be great to see you both.
Response: Cue 'Price is Right' theme music. Larry Emdur puts the mic to his lips and shouts:
''Come on down..... Annaaaa HIPSLEEEEEEEEYYYYY.'
Welcome to the World of Whitey, we've been expecting you. Come a little closer to the microphone, that's it. It's great to have you here today. You have the chance to take home the entire showcase today. You must be excited?! Let's play then.....''
Truly fantastic to hear from you Hipsley. Hope you received my postcard-I sent it to Alpha Rd so hopefully your Mum or Dad passed it on.
I trust you and Vickers have been living it up while in the GG pad, très très jaloux. And Balmain will be cool, tho I'm with you:Redfern still has it for me.
The gang may be far apart at the moment but we'll definitely always be close. For me living in Aus again is a while into the future but looking forward to a having a unit with Jojo somewhere.
Congrats on the CEO scalp, you make me soo proud! Where to now? The skeletons in Johnnie Howard's closet?!! If he has to say 'I'm not out of puff' then he certainly must be running the reserves pretty low. Go for the jugular Hipsley.
I'm having a pretty damn cool time at the moment - missing Jojo and you and our crew but love knowing that I know you.
Lots of love,
PS. Send me a pic or two of the new house once you move in.