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Day 15 – Sydney

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011

Dave!This morning I woke up and realized, just like that, my vacation is over.

Well, not really, because I had today in Sydney... but since I've been going balls-out non-stop since I arrived, this day was set aside to decompress and relax before my flight home tomorrow.

My loooooooooong flight home.

Though since it was blissfully cool outside (despite the beautiful sunshine and blue skies) I did go say goodbye to Sydney Harbour...

Sydney Harbour via iPhone

Sydney Opera House via iPhone

Sydney Harbour Bridge via iPhone

Yeah, yeah... they're iPhone photos! I'm done lugging around my camera gear for a while.

I also stopped by the Vintage Cafe (where Kazza and I ate my first day here) for some more of their mind-blowing marinated peppered cheese and bread...

Marinated Pepper Cheese & Bread!

The rest of my day was spent unpacking everything I own, then re-packing it in a way that wasn't insane (as it quickly becomes if you're living out of a suitcase for this long).

Looking back, this was a pretty darn spectacular vacation. I crammed in quite a few awesome things into two weeks. Probably more than I should have. I also got to spend time with some really great people, which is about the most awesome thing of all.

And now I wish I didn't have to go home.

Not because Australia and Fiji have been so great I don't want to leave (though that's also true), not because I don't miss my friends and family (which I absolutely do), and not even because I don't want to go back to work (I'm actually anxious to start working again)... it's because of the awful political hate parade that I know is awaiting me back home.

I dread coming back to it so much that I feel physically ill just thinking about it.

Over the past two weeks I can't tell you how nice it's been to not be inundated with all the bickering, hatred, lies, disrespect, persecution, and general asshattery that's become typical of our political landscape in the USA these past couple of years. I am just done with it.

At least as much as I can be.

See you on the other side of the Pacific.

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  1. vern says:

    I so love my job, my home, my life (all in NYC) so much that I always absolutely abhor leaving town for vacation. My wife is German and conditioned to vacationing 8-12 weeks a year. So come summertime we take our younguns to Europe and in wintertime we try Central and South America.

    Don’t get me wrong, in between grousing I always enjoy myself. But I love my job, my home, my life (all in NYC).

    For two weeks I’ve been vicariously enjoying your vacation which I can experience from my job, my home, my … A few days ago I clued my wife in saying, “I need to learn how to enjoy our vacations like this.”

    Her reply, “amen.”

    Thanks for sharing. Safe return.

    Eager to read your Steve Jobs eulogy.

  2. the muskrat says:

    So glad you got to take this trip and share the photos with us. Have a relaxing (and quick) flight home. Avoid the TV, radio, and web for the next year, and you’ll be fine.

  3. Megan says:

    I hear you. There’s gotta be a way to make it better, no?

  4. Sybil Law says:

    You and me both.
    Safe flight home…

  5. Fluffycat says:

    But you can come back here and get in line to order a new iPhone.

    Thanks for sharing your trip with everyone. I really would love to go to Australia sometime myself.

  6. Mooselet says:

    You’re always welcome here, Dave! And your reasons are quite a few of the reasons I don’t move back.

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