Travel GTG in Sydney, Australia - 2 February 2009
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A GTG prompted by the visit of five US , Ron, Carolyn Frank and Eileen from Texas and Gail from Oregon was held in the Capitan Torres Spanish Restaurant in Sydney on 2 February. The evening was a great success, thanks to common interests and attitudes, a common (almost!)language and the local grape, which was favourably commented on by our visitors. Seven local , Dianne,Murray,Josie,Ian, Sally,Eric and Michael attended. There was of course much discussion on travel, including Dianne and Murray`s trips to almost everywhere in the world and Sally`s famous two day sojourn in a Nepalese Sherpa`s basket. Our friends from Texas had arrived in Sydney after a cruise around New Zealand, crossing the Tasman Sea and visiting a very hot Melbourne, fortunately before the devestating fires that you will have read about. Gail lives in Oregon but for a long time now has been spending much of her life in North Queensland near her beloved rainforest. With family now in Sydney we hope to see her at many more Sydney GTG`s. Most energetic of all those present was Eric, who is marking his retirement by walking in stages from Sydney to Melbourne the long way (round the coast - a distance of over 1000 km with some cycling and kayaking across inlets thrown in for variety). Some Sydney also took much delight in warning Frank and Eileen about what to expect when they visited Far North Queensland, where they were flying the next day. As the area was then in the throes of a tropical cyclone and extensive flooding they were warned to expect crocodiles in the main streets and any number of horrific creatures (not all two-legged)which prey on tourists. Frank replied that visitors were given the same warnings when visiting Texas but there the horrific creatures really did exist. Subsequently we have heard that Frank and Eileen have returned to Texas unscathed, which is more than we can say for a few luckless swimmers attacked by sharks in and near Sydney Harbour in the last few days. So happy was the gathering that we quite forgot to take a group photo.