Update from Sidney-2 days till launch!

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hi everyone,

It's been tough getting ready for the trip. I've been orgainising clothes, packing backpacks, and belive it or not, scrubbing shoes! New Zealand has a great ecological footprint and wants it to stay that way, so you have to clean simply everything of dirt, organic material, and anything else that might introduce foreign organisms. At least we won't have to do it at the airport!
I had a hard time choosing which book to take, which should be no suprise to those people who know me, but I finally settled on a encyclopedia. No, not that kind. It's a little book that has info on just everything. Glaciers, rugby, and chemistry are only a few of the topics contained in this little marvel. (A note to everyone at MDCS that's reading this: it was a present from Colyn's mom. Thanks a lot, Ellen!)
The TSA regulations about not taking liquids and weapons on the plane are kind of annoying. We couldn't even take a water bottle with water in it! Of course, I'll make sure to bring my Swiss Army knife. (Just joking, TSA people reading this! Really!)

Thats about it for now.
Sidney
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esseffell
esseffell on

WILL THERE BE A SIDNEY IN SYDNEY?
Does your route take you to Sydney, Sidney?

Saw your 'homesick' comments in one of your past postings. You know that's my specialty.

I counseled the boy who took care of the birds while I was in the Grand Canyon in 2006, with him in NC and me in Arizona.

You're a bit further-away, but we can give it a 'go'!

Best from all the kreatures here,

sfl

dannyhiker
dannyhiker on

Got your first message
Hi Mary Ellen, Jim and Sydney:
I just got my first message though it seems like it's your third entry.
Yot got it right. Clean those boots,tent and sleeping bag. Don't bring any food in the country. The flight is OK. And here's a hint for water on the plane.
I take an empty quart water bottle. I go through security with no problems and then I fill it up at the water fountain or bathroom sink.

Enjoy your flight.
Danny

nz2008
nz2008 on

Re: WILL THERE BE A SIDNEY IN SYDNEY?
Hi Steve,

Actually, yes. We are going to Sydney. We might even see the operahouse! As for the homesickness, I don't think I'll have much of a problem. If I do, I'll definitely consult you. That boy who took care of the birds... was he named Jackson? If so he was in my cabin, and that might explain a lot.

Thanks,
Sidney

runbrandon
runbrandon on

going trough the border
Hey meh, jim, sydney!!!
we just got back from Quebec city for the weekend, as we were having our passports checked angus asked when you guys were headed out!
Have a great time, i cant wait to read all about it on the blog. Oh yeah, we will have some US team oars waiting when you return for the rowing skull. I am loading them up in the morning!
hope you get some sleep on the plane! xolynn

bath mate on

good posting.i like it. thank u. :)-


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