Down Under

Down Under!

Hyams Beach, New South Wales

The Bali Airport wasn’t our favorite.  Standing in line for two hours to get our entry visas was tortuous.  On the flip side, the pain on our departure was due to self-inflicted wounds.

“Can I see your Australian visas?” asked the agent at check-in.  Yeah, sure.  Er…our what?  Apparently the process is a formality, but U.S. citizens are required to apply for a visa (an “electronic travel authority”) forty-eight hours prior to arrival.  We hadn’t.  And we weren’t allowed on the plane.  The gate agent shrugged helplessly, there was nothing he could do to help. Continue reading

Mass Hysteria

There’s a lot to see in London and we got to work seeing it all:

1. London Eye – check
2. Tower Bridge – check
3. Cruise on the Thames – check
4. Big Ben – check
5. Parliament Building – check
6. Tower of London – check
7. Changing of the Guard – check
8. Tate Modern – check
9. British Museum – check

view from the top of the London Eye

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Caber Toss

The Highland Games move from town to town during the Scottish summer.  We caught up with the competition in Perth, on our way back to Edinburgh.  Without a doubt, the highlights of the games are the heavy events like the hammer throw, shot put, and, especially, the caber toss.  The best locals can challenge the traveling professionals in these feats of strength.  Each competitor must wear traditional highland clothing: a kilt, sporran, etc.

toss that caber!

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