An inside peek on the joy of meeting people along the way...Smiling and blushing at the same time...

 
Bob explained this single red bloom, a type of lily, is growing out of season.  Photo taken on cloudy day.
There's no doubt our hearts are filled with appreciation and joy from the kindness and love we receive from people we meet along the way whether its in a town, a quaint village, or on a cruise.
 
The curiosity and interest for our lifestyle is often coupled with an abundance of warmth and friendship we can hardly believe comes our way with such ease.  We often ask one another, "How did we get so lucky to meet so many fine people?"
 
Now 11 days since the last cruise ended we continue to receive email from passengers we met during the 12 days at sea.  We were asked for our web address prompting us to hand our business cards, more times on this shorter cruise than when we sailed on the 33 night cruise when we'd attached ourselves to the same two fine couples for happy hour and dinner every night. 
 
We had a lot of fun with Lois and Tom and Cheryl and Stan, remaining in touch since the cruises ended on December 3rd via Facebook.  It was a memorable experience during the lengthy cruise which circumvented the entire Australian continent which we'll always remember fondly.

With the steep drop in the yard of the holiday home, there's a protective fence as shown with this pretty succlulent leaning against it.
However, we learned a valuable lesson...mingle.  The depth of the meaning of our world travels is enhanced by having a wide array of experiences; meeting people from all walks of life, meeting people from many parts of the world, while hearing their often interesting and unique experiences of not only travel, but of life itself.
 
Mingling with many peeople provides us with the added opportunity to learn even more about human nature, a process that hopefully will continue through the balance of our lives regardless of where we may be at any given time. 
 
We'll never delude ourselves in stating, "We've seen and done it all."  In many ways, we've just begun with so much more of the world to see ahead of us.  If we continued to travel for 10 to 20 years or more, we'll barely have touched the surface of what this world has to offer. 
 
We remind ourselves daily to remain humble and in awe of the world and our opportunity to live this life, often through challenging and difficult times which to date have not deterred our enthusiasm in any manner.

Tom took this photo of the center of the above succulent.  Simple beauty with dew drops.
When we receive an email such as the message we've included below, we share it not to "toot our own horn" or to "brag" about people "liking us."  That's not us, as those of you who have followed our candid and vulnerable story for any length of time, are most assuredly aware.
 
We share this email with our readers to join us in the pleasure we glean from meeting wonderful people along the way.  After all, our loyal readers seem to empathize with our trials and tribulations as well as in the memorable happy events we encounter day by day.
 
While aboard the recent 12 night cruise ending on March 13th we met a lovely couple, Christina and Harold, (whom we'd mentioned on a few prior posts) on the third day of the cruise during Cruise Critic's "cabin crawl," an event where various members volunteer to show their cabins in other categories.

In this particular case, Christina and Harold kindly hosted a lovely event with food and drinks in their penthouse cabin, which even we'd never seen after 17 cruises in the past four plus years.  
Coleus, a good shady area plant.
Little did we know we'd hit it off so well with this special newly engaged couple, considerably younger than us (by about 25 years), world travelers in their own right, with Harold having visited many of the exciting countries we've visited in our travels.
 
It wasn't just the commonality of our experience that connected us.  It was the warmth and kindness we all exuded in one another's company.  
 
Yesterday, we received this beautiful message from Christina that warmed our hearts prompting us to ask if they'd mind if we share it here today.  Christina wrote back promptly saying they love for us to share it and thus, here it is, presented with a bit of modesty and surely a blush on our faces:  
 
"Hello from sunny Florida!!!

Harold and I went to, Christchurch, Auckland, Vegas and Houston prior to my return home to Tampa last night - It's been an amazing adventure!! 

You were the most memorable couple we had the pleasure of meeting - We looked for you in your designated spot on the last day, went to the lounge, called your room a few times and didn't get you - you were like beautiful angels who had now disappeared. 

Harold is a world traveler (I'm brand new to his adventures) He has never met anyone who traveled for pleasure more than he did until he met you and he's been raving about you ever since - We're honored to have met you!!!! 

We want to say THANK YOU for being so kind and open, telling us about your lives, giving the great life lessons and advice you gave (we kept looking at each other in shock, because you were truly speaking to us) your travels, your healthy eating lifestyle (as I'm trying to convince Harold that that's the way to go.lol) and inviting us to meet you someday out on your adventures - We have truly been impacted by these amazing chapters of your life!! 

I finally got a chance to look at your website and the fun memories you share!! We absolutely love what you're doing in your retirement and look forward to seeing you again someday, hopefully sooner than later. 

We will keep you in our prayers for safe travels and great health throughout and we'll be watching with admiration and love!!

It's back to reality here on the home front - work, work, work - However, now the plan is to fund a perfect retirement, vacation more, and enjoy life!! 

You're our heroes!!!!

With love,
Christina"


Unknown variety of red berries.


We wrote back expressing the appreciation we feel for having met them, the time we spent together (including dinner served by butlers in their suite) and at various times throughout the ship and, the hope that our paths will cross again someday. Thank you, Christina and Harold for sharing a part of your lives with us and for your heartfelt meaningful message.
 
Its not only a breathtaking scene, an exquisite animal in the wild or a blissfully colorful flower we encounter in our travels that fills us with appreciation for this magical world...its the people we meet who open their hearts to welcome us for a moment, for a day or for a lifetime...
 

P.S.  I couldn't resist including contact information for Christina's real estate business in Tampa, Florida, USA.  We have no doubt she is a highly competent real estate professional.  Please contact Christina at this link
 

Thanks, dear readers and friends for sharing another day in our lives!
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Photo from one year ago today, March 23, 2016:
When seeing these fish prices in New Zealand one year ago we felt they were quite reasonable.  For example, one of TV guru Gordon Ramsey's favorite is the John Dorey and red snapper (which we purchased).  At the NZ price of $37.50, US $25.33 for a kilo which is 2.2 pounds!  What a great price!  For more details of our visit to the seafood market, please click here.


Working on our immigration issue...Five days and counting....


The sun peeked out for a few hours while we were in Manly making our way to the ferry.
When we left the Australian Immigration office in Sydney nine days ago, we were told to watch for the Bridge Visa we'd received via email by the end of the day.  The officer at immigration had given us a phone number to call if we had questions in the interim.  We had many questions when we'd had a difficult time understanding the vague and complicated instructions given to us by the immigration officer who, with the best of intentions, was unsure as to how to handle our case.

Later in the day the email arrived stating we had another appointment at the same office on March 27th at 10 am. That was clear to us.  Thus, we didn't call the phone number which we'd left on the kitchen table which continued to nag at me.  Should we call?  Or should we wait until our appointment?

Yesterday morning, we decided to call to see if there was anything additional we could do or prepare for the upcoming appointment on Monday.  After waiting on hold for 20 minutes in the queue, finally a friendly rep came on the line.


Sailing on a windy day.
In reviewing our file, she adamently stated we needed to apply for Visitors Visa #600 before our appointment on Monday.  When we asked this same question to the rep at the immigration office "Should we apply for the visa online?" the she wasn't sure if we should or not, leaving us confused when we left.

Calling might provide us with an answer.  There was no way we wanted to show up on Monday having failed to do something required in this complicated process.  Yesterday, we were relieved we'd called when we were told we better not show up on Monday without having applied online for Visitors Visa #600, a necessary adjunct to our Bridge Visa which was in place for only two weeks (ending on March 27th).

If we didn't get the Visitors Visa, we'd be in big trouble next Monday when the Bridge Visa expires at midnight.  The phone rep immediately sent us the link to apply for the Visitors Visa. 

An appealing candy kiosk in at the Manly Ferry station.
We each followed the link in the email deciding to complete the form simultaneously on each of our laptops in order to aid one another in ensuring accuracy.  There was no margin for error in this process and lately, as error prone as I had been (you know...wrong day at the opera), following along together made sense.

Before we could even begin the 20 page process, we had to sign up for an online immigration account which required a series of seven or eight security questions. 

Having to deal with answering security questions can be a tricky process.  If an answer is off by only one letter, one number or a single aspect of the answer, it may result in total frustration when trying to recall what was originally intended.  

Manly is a charming beach town with shops, restaurants and water activities.
We didn't want to make a lengthy handwritten list for each of us.  We'd already written down the complicated passwords including all types of characters, capital and lower case letters and numbers.  You know how that goes.

It ended up taking at least a half hour to getting our individual accounts set up.  As we've mentioned, its been very rainy and humid since we arrived.  When we were 10 minutes into this process, I suggested we turn on the air con.  We were both drenched in sweat.  Oh, I don't like this stuff.

Immediatey Tom turned on the air conditioning.  Besides, we'd done two loads of laundry hanging it indoors on the portable rack making the humidity all the worse in our little apartment. The air con was a welcomed relief.

Yummy looking mounds of interesting flavors of ice cream at the Manly Wharf.
Once we'd established the accounts, we proceeded to begin the 20 page online document.  It was a slow process when we continually received error messages for entering words in unacceptable formats.  We plodded along.

Once we completed page 4 and hit the "continue" button for page 5, we both received an error message, "You cannot continue from this point based on your current status.  Call the immigration office immediately."  Oh, oh.

We called again, waiting on hold on Skype for another 30 minutes only to be told, when a different rep came on the line after looking up our file, that were not supposed to fill out this form.  We were to wait and see what transpires on Monday. Oh.  She was very kind and apologetic that we were told otherwise.  We asked her to note the conversation in our file which she promptly handled.


After dark this cruise ship headed out to sea from the Sydney Harbour.  Hopefully, that will be us one month from today on April 22nd.
In one way we were relieved to avoid completing the remaining 16 pages but in another way, we were further concerned as to the outcome on Monday.  There was nothing more we could do at this point.

Worse case scenario...we could be told to leave the country immediately and not return for three years, missing our cruise on the April 22nd, forcing us to fly to New Caledonia, book a hotel  for almost a month and wait for the ship to arrive at a port of call three days after the cruise begins and then have to load our bags on a "tender boat." 

Best case scenario...we'll get another Bridge Visa, good until April 22nd when we'll board the ship in Sydney.  There's another possibility that we'll have to leave the country, fly to another country and return a day later.  Also, there are possible fines, penalties and circumstances we aren't aware of at this point which by Monday, we'll be well informed.


Kookaburra atop the roof of neighboring house.
We're surprised how we've been able to still enjoy our time in Fairlight, Manly and Sydney based on our concern over this situation.  We've taken many photos, seen so much and have been out and about reveling in this beautiful area.  Also, we're still able to laugh and maintain a hopeful and positive perspective. 

After all, the results of this scenario whichever way it goes, won't cost us more than money, time and inconvenience.  In the realm of things, as we always say, "If we have our health, we're safe and we have one another, we can handle it."

So it goes.

May you have good health and be safe with those you love.
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Photo from one year ago today, March 22, 2016:


Many farms in New Zealand have ocean views adding another layer of beauty to the scenery.  For more photos, please click here.

Comment from a reader...Keep those comments and emails coming our way!...

Painted performers at Circular Quay.
Regardless of the content (with the exception of offensive comments) generally we post comments we receive from readers.  At times, we receive comments daily and at other times, we may not hear from our worldwide readers for several days.


Visitors from all over the world visit the popular area of Circular Quay.
As we've mentioned in the past, we love hearing from our readers and promptly reply within 24 hours, usually earlier, providing we have access to the Internet.  The same goes for email even when we may receive dozens of email messages within any 24 hour period. 

Some of the comments we receive are spam, advertising for a wide array of products and services, none of which we care to share with our readers.  However, if we encounter a product or service that may benefit our readers (such as a coupon for products they may use), we may mention it within the body of a post.


This is the ship, Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas, that we hope to be able to board on April 22nd, to bring us back to North America for a nine week family visit.
A few days ago, we received the comment below from a new reader that make us chuckle.  We were happy to have the new reader on board but it confirmed how misleading it can be to start reading our posts partway through.

Reader said...
"OK, silly question, If you are gone for more than a month, why not have a lawn service cut your grass? I am new to your blog and you might address it. We are going to be doing some of this once we retire."    
Jessica said...
"Dear Reader,

Perhaps you haven't had an opportunity to read more of our posts but actually, we sold everything and we don't have a lawn, a house, a car or storage. All we have are 3 checked bags and 2 carry on bags as we travel the world for 53 months to date. Thus, no lawn to mow.

Thanks for stopping by,
Jess & Tom"

Our upcoming cabin is located two decks above these two life boats in the approximate center in this grouping.
In jumping into our almost 1700 posts (today is post #1699) out-of-sequence would make it impossible for a reader to grasp the comprehensive nature of our five years of posting (beginning on March 15, 2012) and the life changes we've made to embark on this journey over the past 53 months.
 
We certainly understand how starting to read partway through our story could be deceiving as to how and why we're living this nomadic life.  Most would assume we have a condo, house or apartment somewhere, a place to go to repack, do laundry, catch up with family and friends and take care of business.

Tourists dressing in rain gear in order to partake in a high speed boat tour in Sydney Harbour.
Alas, we are wanderers, free from the encumbrances of owning "stuff," opening mail, washing windows and of course, "mowing the lawn" as the writer mentions above. 

Looking up, we observed people on the popular attraction, the Bridge Climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  The walkers are tethered to a railing as they make the walk. 
Yes, if we had a lawn, we'd certainly arrange for it to be mowed in our absence.  But, that's not our life nor will it be anytime in the future if we can help it.  That's not to say there's anything wrong with having a home of any type with its accompanying belongings that many treasure after a lifetime of accumulating a variety of personal treasures.

Could it be that once up there, the Bridge Climb is not as scary as it looks from below?
Many people we meet on cruises say to us, "Oh, I could never do that!"  When we tell our story, we rarely encounter anyone interested in living as we live.  We totally respect and understand that.  Nor, do we tell our story with the intent of convincing anyone this is the ideal lifestyle.  For most, it is not. 

Customs House is now contains shops and restaurants.
It just happens to work for us. In the process we meet many travelers who spend the better part of each year traveling to interesting and exotic places, many who've done so for many more years than we have.  We love hearing their stories and suggestions.

McDonald's is in almost every big city in the world.
Then again, we love hearing the stories from others of their pleasant home lives, wherever they may be, enjoying their surroundings and the lives they built for themselves and their families.  Its easy to recall the pleasure we gleaned in our old lives as well, for those very same reasons.

Department of Lands Building Clock Tower in Sydney.
Today, we're heading out with Bob for a little shopping.  Last night, he joined us for dinner which, not surprsingly a delightful lengthy conversation.  He's had an interesting life which he freely shares in detail with heartfelt emotion.  Again, we've been blessed with another very special landlord who will surely become a lifelong friend.
 
Happy day to all. 
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Photo from one year ago today, March 21, 2017:
One year ago today, we booked our current holiday home with this garden and view including chaise lounges, a gas grill and outdoor dining table overlooking the bay in Fairlight/Manly.  For more photos, please click here.

A Night at the Opera...Mixed reviews from this couple...


Luna Park at night.
What can I say?  Tom didn't love it. I didn't expect him to.  Although, in the past I'd noticed him listening intently when a few opera singers performed on various episodes of "America's Got Talent."

Last night, he didn't express a glimmer of enthusiasm over the performance at the Sydney Opera House other than his pleasure at seeing how much I was enjoying it.  That's worth something, isn't it?

Cloudy night at the opera house.
He didn't grumble or have a scowl on his face nor did he dose off.  It lasted less than two hours during which I was totally engaged and enthralled.  I've always loved opera after being introduced to it by my Harvard educated, musical genius, doctor uncle who could sit at his baby grand piano and play any aria from memory.  He left quite an impression.

When it ended, we made our way to Wharf 3 to catch the next Manly Ferry which takes off every 30 minutes.  Little did we know the treat we were about to receive in taking the photos we've included today, too many for one post.

Tourists chose the upper deck to take photos as we did.
As we entered the ferry terminal in Circular Quay, Sydney, I suggested we climb the steps to the outdoor upper deck to sit outside to cool off on the humid night.  It was a great plan when we found suitable seating and views that literally left our mouths agape.

Sure, we knew Sydney had a lot to offer.  We'd reveled in it on six past occasions when our cruise ships sailed from the exquisite harbour.  Over the past week on four occasions we visited Sydney, three by taking the ferry.

But, nothing we'd seen earlier could match the perspective from the top of the ferry even on a dark cloudy night after seven cloudy days and nights in a row since our arrival one week ago today.  Thus, we share today's photos with excitement over this amazing city, in many ways, the most beautiful city we've seen so far in our world journey.

The interior of the Joan Sutherland theatre of the Sydney Opera House. 
As for the remainder of the evening's photos, we took several from the interior and the grounds of the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House which we'll continue to share in posts to come. 

Having ordered the tickets almost a year ago, we had perfect seats, four rows from the stage, dead set in the middle.  See our photo below taken from our seats.

Our seats were only four rows from the stage and dead center in the theatre which has  seating for 1507.  There are two large theatres and several smaller theatres in the complex. The cost for these two excellent seats was AU $190.15, US $146.50.
No doubt, the theatre is beautiful and interesting.  There are many steps to navigate to get inside the theatre. For those who may have difficulty with stairs there are elevators and a few escalators.  For the full experience, we did the many flights of steps, making our way through tourists who were sitting on the steps as shown in yesterday's post.

As for the remainder of the day, we'd left the house at 1:30 pm in order to catch the bus arriving at 1:59 pm. We made it to Manly in time for the 2:15 pm ferry.  With the recent inclement weather about 10 minutes of the 25 minute ferry ride was particularly rough but we didn't give it a thought.

The building of the Sydney Opera House has an interesting story.  Click here for details.
Arriving in Circular Quay, we walked through crowds and commotion to make our way back, the second day in a row after our flub of showing for the opera one day early.  We'd decided to dine early, before the show, since we hadn't eaten earlier in the day. 

With a 3 pm meal, we'd be set until returning "home" when the evening ended and if hungry, we could have a snack of homemade coconut bread with butter with a small bowl of organic Greek yogurt on the side for me.  (I've been taking "big guns" probiotics and eating yogurt twice a day since since my recent two week round of antibiotics).

The Sydney Harbour Bridge after dark.
We'd considered the same restaurant as the prior day since they were able to accommodate my diet.  But, we tried to branch out and try something different.  Shortly, we were seated in a high end Asian fusion restaurant only to discover there wasn't a single item on the menu that would work for me, except plain steamed veg and chicken which held little appeal.

We thanked the waiter but decided to leave.  I wasn't sure the pans they'd use would be "gluten, starch and sugar free."  Why take a risk?  We meandered back down the boulevard checking menus along the way only to discover the only restaurant that would be suitable was the same where we dined the prior day, Searock Grill.

I ordered the same grilled chicken salad and Tom had a steak and chips as opposed to the prior day's fish and chips.  The steak was perfectly cooked medium rare and was thick and juicy.  We didn't order beverages.

The Sydney Opera House at night.
What surprised us was the fact that the prices were higher on Sunday than they'd been on Saturday plus a 10% weekend service fee was added.  Then, we recalled mention on the news of increased prices on Sundays due to many workers receiving higher wages on Sundays.

Our bill was AU $41.80, US $32.20, still not to bad for the high end area which surely would have been considerably more in the evening.  The food was good and fresh although yesterday's service was sketchy. 

With tips not necessarily rendered in Australia due to higher wages than in the US and many countries, we didn't hesitate to leave the restaurant with nary a token tip left on the table.  While in Australia, we followed suit as per the locals, tipping only for exceptional service. 

View of a small portion of Sydney's skyline at night.
Once back in the US, we'll be tipping in the typical US manner, from 15% to 20% of any restaurant bill.  Add state and city taxes and a meal may be as much as 25% to 30% more than the cost of the meal and beverages.  I guess we'll be heading to Costco for pre-made meals to bring back to our hotel, when not out  dining with family and friends. 

At the end of the ferry ride back to Manly, we crossed the busy street to a taxi stand and grabbed a ride back to our holiday home at a cost of AU $7.40, US $5.70.  Then, in the dark we maneuvered our way up the long steep winding walkway to the house.  Luckily, Tom had his LED flashlight attached to his RFID wallet, lighting the way for the uneven walk up the hill.

View to Circular Quay from an upper deck on the Manly Ferry.
Amid our immigration worries, overall it was a good weekend and first week in Manly.  Unusual for us, we dined out four times; once with Bob in Manly, another in the Rocks area of Sydney with friends Linda and Ken and twice in Circular Quay near the Sydney Opera House.

Today, we're making a favorite dish and staying put planning this week's menu.  We're trying to figure out what we need to purchase to last only through next Sunday night, just in case we have to leave the country for good, as of next Monday's immigration office meeting.  We shall see.

Be well.  Be safe.  Be happy.
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Photo from one year ago today, March 20, 2016:

One year ago we got a kick out of watching cattle wander back and forth through the barren vineyards Okurukuru Winery in New Zealand.  For more photos of the winery, please click here.


Oh, oh, we screwed up again!....Photos from the Sydney Opera House...


There are many interesting dining spots with exquisite views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge along the walk to the Sydney Opera House.
After all these years of meticulously planning our travels, we've screwed up once again; once for our current dreadful immigration status in Australia and again, my error only, on the night we'd booked tickets for the Sydney Opera House...I failed in carefully reading our ticket confirmation to discover it was on Sunday night, not Saturday.



This was Tom before he knew we'd arrived to the opera on the wrong date. The ship in the background is the Emerald Princess, a line we've never experienced.
I'd booked the tickets last April receiving an online confirmation which I'd copied and pasted into my online calendar placing it under Saturday, not Sunday.  If I'd reviewed it carefully lately, as I should have, it would have been easy to determine the tickets were for Sunday night (tonight), not last night.


The Opera Quay building along the walk.
Off we went with Bob dropping us at the Manly Ferry in the pouring rain with umbrella and parkas keeping us relatively dry.  We waiting for 15 minutes for the ferry and boarded for the 30 minute ride in rough waters due to the stormy conditions.


As we approached the Sydney Opera House we noticed almost everyone had a camera or phone in hand.
Upon arrival at Circular Quay in Sydney, the sun had peeked out and we walked for 20 minutes on the esplanade along the bay to the opera house.  Climbing the zillions of steps to the entrance, we found our way to the ticket office where our tickets were awaiting us.


There's no doubt that after dark, these tables will be filled with diners.
Alas, we were informed the opera for which we'd purchased tickets didn't occur until today.  We were one day early.  Oh, my.  Mr. Overly Grumpy reared his ugly head for about 10 minutes while I racked my brain as to how I could possibly make such an error. 


Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens is located next to the Sydney Opera House.
I could have made all the excuses in the world such as not feeling quite well yet, the immigration thing, the missing package from the US, and my sister's recent possibility of recurring cancer (a scare, after all) that kept my brain flooded with worries during the recent cruise and since our arrival one week ago.


I was dressed to warm for ths humid weather.
But excuses always fail me.  I tend to leave them in the dust instead simply admitting my mistake and cheerfully, in my usual "overly bubbly" manner, move on.  Mr. Grumpy was having none of that.  For 10 minutes, he was rather annoying. 

Visitors sitting on the steps of the Sydney Opera House enjoying the view.
Suddenly, I suggested we make it fun that we were already in Sydney and enjoy the amazing area and views of the bay, Circular Quay, the Opera House and the people watching.  "How about it we go to dinner, have a drink, smile and have a good time?" I asked.  He was game.

Moments later we were seated in a lovely restaurant, Searock Grill, with mouth watering smells wafting through the air, ordering a beer for Tom and a wine for me, while the mood became uplifting and cheerful.  After all, this was no big deal in the realm of things.


Grilled chicken salad with tomatoes, radishes and sprouts with a side or garlic aoili.
I apologized for my error.  Tom apologized for being "overly grumpy" and we ended up having a great time.  Today, we'll return to the Manly Ferry to give it another try.  This time, we'll take the local bus to the ferry since Bob isn't available. 


Tom's double filet fish and chips. He ordered ketchup on the side for the chips.
We plan to dine early again, before the 5 pm opera, since its less crowded in the restaurants and lately, with my condition, dining earlier rather than later seems to serve me well with less discomfort into the evening. 

Tom's beer, Great Northern Brewing Co. was named the same as one of the predecessor railroads he worked for many moons ago.
Oddly enough, we'd like to return to the same restaurant today after we'd read menus for every restaurant along the esplanade.  Yesterday's restaurant,  was  easily able to accommodate my diet with a delicious grilled chicken salad along with with a satisfying plate of fish and chips for Tom, photos of which are included here today.

Ferry arriving at the wharf.  There's a constant flow of ferries heading to and fro many areas around the bay.
Based on the early arrival time, we were allowed the benefit of the lunch menu pricing and our total bill with one glass of beer, one glass of wine and our two meals totaled AU $50.60, US $38.92!  The same items were priced about 40% higher after 5 pm.  That works for us!


This is the pier where we boarded our past six cruises with hopefully, one more to go with  immigration situation hopefully resolved.
After dinner we enjoyed the leisurely walk back to Wharf #3 where with only a short wait for the next ferry. Back at our cozy house in Fairlight, we settled in for the remainder of the evening, watched a few shows and dozed off by 11 pm.


Happy face back on...
We'll be back tomorrow with the results of our second foray to the Sydney Opera House, hopefully getting it right this time!

Happy day!
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Photo from one year ago today, March 19, 2016:

The beach in Opunake, New Zealand, one year ago.  We've experienced plenty of rainy weather in our world travels.  But, we try to take it in stride and make the best of it.  As indicated in today's post bad weather doesn't prevent us from planned activities, although we may not venture out if our plans are open.  For more details, please click here.