Sept 13-14, 05 (Tues-Wed)
Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
105Trip End Dec 22, 2005
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When we left the Sydney harbour, we went all the way up on the 11th deck to see the beautiful view of Sydney, the ship went under the Sydney harbour that was lit with lights and also the beautiful opera house that was also lit at night. It was the most gorgeous and memorable view so far. The ship has been sailing smoothly and we had delicious supper of mostly Italian food.
As far as I can see from this reading room window, the huge ocean surrounds us, no islands in sight yet. We had a bingo game just a while ago. It was done by giving us information on Tasmanian animals. It was a very good and educational game. We will have a movie on Tasmania shortly. Since we left later than scheduled, we will not arrive at Davenport, northern part of Tasmania until late tonight, so they are going to allow us to spend one more night on this ship after it docks.
I'm sure I keep telling you that we are having a great trip and experience. It is hard that we are really here to see and experience all. Pam Little is doing a fantastic job for us to make sure we have the best time, the best place to stay, the best food to eat, the best experience, the best driver, the best coach, and so forth.
Before we got on the ship, it was getting pretty chilly at the Sydney Harbor I had a T-shirt, corduroy shirt, windbreaker, and jacket on. It will be around 50 degrees in Tasmania, I hear. Some students didn't bring any jackets, so they purchased cheap jackets in Sydney. Most guys still wear only T-shirts and a pair of sandals or flip-flops. I see some islands now. We saw the top of the mountains afar from Canberra yesterday that had snow. It has been nice to have a relaxed time today. I think students are enjoying themselves not to be on the go for a change.
We are anxious to know if our 7th grandchild is a girl or boy and also that Angie had a safe and easy delivery. We found the internet access near the harbour yesterday afternoon and had a short time to read the messages. We only had enough time to read messages from our children. We are glad to know that the baby is in its right place, Wilson and Tanya arrived at Munich safely, Jill had an amazing birthday without us, and Andrea reporting to us that Seiko and Hiro had a great time in Uganda.