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My trip to Australia was too long ago (Feb '97) to be much use in terms of costs, but I want to let you know that I thought Sydney was a fascinating city. I was there for a week and easily could have spent longer. I particularly enjoyed the aquarium where I got a closer view of sharks than I was viscerally comfortable with. (They have one of those "tubes through the water" things, so you are literally surrounded by sharks - looking up into some gaping mouths with VERY large teeth!)

Within the city, I had a SydneyCard or some such thing that meant I could hop on and off of buses at will. Never needed a cab.

I then flew to Melbourne for 2 weeks to visit friends, but was more focused on hanging out with them than really being a tourist in the city. I remember a gorgeous botanical garden (VERY much worth it!), taking a boat trip to see some penguins (not really worth it), a pretty cool art museum, lots of good beaches and good food.

(Although I DID have a moment of consternation at one restaurant... I had been taking wine classes prior to the trip, but suddenly found myself wondering what DOES one drink when eating crocodile? :-D)

Mostly my memories of Australia are of really friendly people and a wonderful laid back approach to life.

The one thing I found difficult was getting back onto a regular sleep schedule upon my return... I had been gone a month (3 weeks in Aus; 1 week in Japan) and it felt as though it took AGES to get over jetlag when I returned home.

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