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Kim’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 24 Mar 2007

Location: Sydney, Australia

MapFriday,

A quiet day today and as both Kevin and Catherine were not working, we were able to go out for lunch. Laura took Shaun, so it was even quieter than we thought. Cath had booked in a lovely little place just down on the waterfront, along the shoreline from Lane Cove. It seems that everywhere you turn, water is present. It was a lovely unhurried lunch and so peaceful to sit by the water in the sunshine. As you can see from the pictures. all this eating is having an effect but I keep on telling myself I can work it off (sometime)!

Saturday,

Everyone was around today and at Catherines suggestion, the girls and I went to the market at The Rocks. This is a section of land near Darling Harbour and know as the art and crafts area. The market was geat fun, a little like Camden or Geenwich markets - some old stuff selling to the tourists at great expense, mostly new, candeles, bracelets, clocks set in surf boards and the rest. A great place to take the girls to and see the pocket money burn holes in jeans. We were busy deciding on how to spend the last five dollars when I became aware of someone blowing on my neck! Well, I thought maybe pulled at last, turned around and who was there but Ellis and his friend Peter. Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather - out of the places I could have been today. It was lovely to see both of them and actually catch up in spoken words on everyone. Both Ellis and Peter where on a return trip to Singapore and then the UK. Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time.

Back home and dinner with Laura and Andrew, but as we though ofleaving, the heavens opened and the rain arrived. The weather has been getting hotter and hotter since Thursday and something had to give. It poured and poured for about three minutes and then as if a tap had been turned off, it stopped but at least as Kevin says, the rain fell in the right area and maybe some landed in the dam.

It was also election day today and this is something taken very seriously here - you get fined if you do not vote, prehaps something we should think about but then so of the other rules they have seem a little strange like parties electing other parties to take their seats if they do want them.

Clocks went back as well tonight - am so confused with my times now but at least I am now on the same time as the Gold Coast so when I arrive there on Monday, it will be the same.