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Friday, April 14, 2000
Christchurch, New Zealand to Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Sydney, NSW, Australia:
Latitude: 33° 53' 7" South
Longitude: 151° 14' 2" East
Altitude: 236 feet
From Seattle: 8714 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Susie

Today's Travel:
Countries: New Zealand, Australia
Regions: South Island, New South Wales
Route: Quantas Flight QF46: Christchurch - Sydney
Path:Christchurch, New Zealand - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Linear:1372 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1100
Linear Dist: 212402
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 257
More stats...
Hotels: 358
Friends / Family: 289
Camping: 121
Hostels: 248
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3871

Journal Entry:
Spent the morning doing a full repack (for flight), and wandering around Christchurch. Popped into a number of stores including a travel book store where I did something remarkable - I didn't buy anything! Although the new Garmin GPS is so small and quite cheap and was very tempting...

Had a bite to eat, then called home to check on my taxes (they'll be dealt with tomorrow) and see how Mom and Dad enjoyed their week in Mexico (they did). I then had a few minutes to run for the airport shuttle - I made it, but just barely he was getting back into the car as I ran up. Grabbed my baggage, said goodbye and I was on my way to the airport. The airport was pretty unexciting, checked in, paid my departure tax (suddenly felt like I was back in the third world), checked email, then did some duty free shopping while waiting for the plane to begin loading. Actually bought something - I found film to be reasonable and bought a ten pack, plus a couple bottles of New Zealand wine, and a couple T-shirts. A comfortably unexciting flight, except the entertainment system was shot, so no in flight movie.

Susie picked me up at the airport then I rode with her downtown as she finished off the day's work. Ended up having a pub dinner and then I spent the rest of the night getting caught up with the friends episodes which had conveniently been taped.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Sydney
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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