Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Back At Home pt 3
On the road, headed North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards Newcastle. This is where my Step-son Matthew will be living and working over the next year.
Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway
A quick stop at 'Donny's' (aka McDonalds) on the way up the coast. We ran into some Royal Australian Infantry soldiers grabbing a quick bite on their way to an 'exercise' as they put it. Not sure where they were headed, but by the looks of their uniforms and rank, they looked like newly minted troops on their way to post-boot camp training. Either way, they were cool.
In Newcastle I spent some time in a park with the girls while Matt visited a few Government buildings to make sure he was legal to work with his Visa. The Aussies don't take too kindly to illegal aliens in their country.
This park had a War Museum and some really nice monuments to the troops. Newcastle is one of the most vital ports in Australia, so it played a big role in WWII.
After reading all of the monuments and statues, we grabbed some of our imported Handi-Snacks and relaxed. Honestly, food is not cheap in Australia, so we usually dedicate one suitcase for snacks, peanut butter & jelly, cereal, and other basics to use along the way. All we have to buy is milk and bread, and it saves a fortune on the breakfast and lunch time meals. We then use the empty suitcase to bring back our souvenirs, so it's a win win idea.
On top of all of the odd trees and plants in Australia there are many exotic birds I've never seen elsewhere. At some point I'll fill a few posts with pictures of all the animals we've come across.
posted by El Capitan at 11:18 PM
Fantastic pictures ... and a brilliant idea about taking snacks/bringing home souvenirs.10:44 PM
Love the pictures & since AL minds seem to run in the same direction occasionally, I had the same thought as rwa WRT the snacks/souvenirs idea. Figured only seasoned travelers (with kids) would have thought of such a smart trick. The girls are growing!10:54 PM