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Australia/New Zealand 2007: An expose on tour guides

Hi there. The Lovely Wife here with my first blog post. I’ve heard a lot about this blog and decided to finally contribute something to it given that my name may have come up a few times in passing.

As you may have read previously, my hubby and I have just completed a whirlwind 3-week trip to Eastern Australia and the South island of New Zealand. After lots of discussion, analysis and jokes about the quality of our various tours we took I volunteered to sum up our impressions of the fearless, and sometimes surreal, personas that have braved the waters of the tour guide world. It can be a harsh world out there and everyone is a critic so hold on to your hats cause we aren’t short on opinions around here!

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A Red Hat conference – not what I expected

When I saw the Red Hat conference signs, I was not expecting this:



Bumming ‘bout Brisbane

So today was spent just wandering around Brisbane. It is quite an interesting place.

There is an amazing pedestrian shopping street called the Queens Street Mall, which has outdoor restaurants all along the center. There are shops lining the footpath, and mazes shopping centers going under the pavement and across the street. We have been visiting this street pretty much every night since we got here, as it seems to be the only place that stays open.

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Australia Zoo

So today, my lovely wife and I got to visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. We were looking forward to this and were not disappointed. It is located about an hour north of Brisbane. You can’t miss it as there are signs every few miles, and all the roads leading up to it have been renamed in Steve’s honor.

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