There's no place like home

I’m home from Oz.  Thanks to Michael Lopez and Kate Coe for their guest blogging, enabling me to ride the Sydney Harbour ferries, cuddle koalas, toss a boomerang, drink Hunter Valley wine, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, glide over the rain forest and travel the Melbourne trams. Overall, it was a great trip, though we could have done without the cyclone winds and waves at the reef.

We had dinner with Daily Telegraph blogger Tim Blair and the lovely Nadia and spent several days with Des and Sue, who left Silicon Valley to run a winery and guest cottages. (Q: “Did you do a lot of wine tasting in your techie life?” A: “Well . . . Wine drinking.”)

I learned that all Aussie school children wear uniforms, including hats. They’re darned cute.

The Australian has a series on the effect of a federal stimulus bill on school construction costs: Replacing a $78,000 shelter for outdoor learning will cost $954,000. This is called “rorting.”

Other than that . . . Did I mention feeding the kangaroos and emus at the wildlife park? Watching the surfers at Bells Beach?

Anyhow, I’m back. And after a trip that got us home about 30 minutes before we started, thanks to the International Date Line, it’s not Tuesday any more.

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