Cairns, AU

Cairns, AU Thursday, January 4, 2001 By 8:30 the next morning we were aboard the Cairns-Kuranda Railway making our way back up to the tablelands.  The railway was originally built at the behest of tin miners as a way to run supplies and product between the mines and the coast.  The railroad, completed in 1891, … Read more

Lorne, AU

Lorne, AU Sunday, January 7, 2001 Sunday was our day to take off with the McAllister family to explore the beaches to the west of Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road.  Our destination for the night would be Lorne, a resort community partway up the highway, just a few hours from Melbourne.  The beaches border … Read more

Warrnambool, AU

Warrnambool, AU Tuesday, January 9, 2001 This was the day to drive the main portion of the Great Ocean Road from Lorne to Warrnambool.  There we would spend the night visiting with Mary McAllister’s sister, Carmel, her husband, Gary, and daughter, Nicole, who were camping at the beach. The drive on the Great Ocean Road … Read more

Ballaret, AU

Ballaret, AU Thursday, January 11, 2001 We awoke to a beautiful day, had breakfast downtown and found an internet connection for email.  Then it was off to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. Warrnambool was an old whaling port and Flagstaff Hill is the site of a lighthouse and fort.  The museum consisted of a visitor center … Read more

Melbourne, AU

Melbourne, AU Saturday, January 13, 2001 Today we were on our own while the McAllisters attended a family wedding. We had Mary’s car, again, to use as we wished. First on the list was Sandy’s insistence that we take in the Queen Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne. This is a city market … basic stand … Read more

If it’s Tuesday it must be Bangkok … NOT!

Of all the airlines, we were most looking forward to flying on Thai.  However, the aircraft we were to board for the1:30 am flight was broken down in Sydney and wouldn’t be able to take off for Melbourne until much later that morning.  So our luggage was returned and we were bussed to the Park … Read more

Dubai Primer

Dubai needs a primer for many of us … certainly for the Stines.  New Zealand and Australia were easy because they have so much in common with the US.  But, with Dubai, everything is different.  Religion, history, economics and geography are all very different and it is hard for many of us to make sense … Read more

Dubai, UAE

Wednesday, January 17, 2001 We were exhausted after the “interesting” day traveling on Tuesday, so we didn’t do much in the morning.  After naps and showers we took a walk with Michele around their neighborhood while Nat spent his last morning at work before taking his semester break.  They live in Al Attar Tower, one … Read more

Dubai, UAE

Thursday, January 18, 2001 We started the day with a tour of Jumeirah Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques in Dubai.  Tours are organized under the auspices of a government cultural exchange program.  Our tour guide was a national volunteer who had a day job in real estate.  His sense of humor spilled through … Read more