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Another dolphin.
Well it has been a while since I have written which is usually a good sign.  In this case it is.  Things have been very busy and very fun over here.  I went down to Merimbula/Pambula/Eden on a weekend planned by ex-exchange teachers.  It is amazing how much these people put into planning the weekend.  It is a bit of a drive down to the far south coast of NSW so I hopped in with my friends in Wollongong and we were off.  We arrived late in the evenning and had a bit of a chat with our host before it was off to bed.  The woman that we were staying with was just back from exchange in Burlington Ontario.  Unfortunately she had a wedding to go to so after breakfast she left us her house for the weekend.
A small battle
  Breakfast was at a beautiful beach and the organizers cooked it for us over the ubiquitous barbeques.  Then it was off on a cruise of two fold bay where we saw seals, fairy penguins and dolphins.  The dolphins were amazing they raced the boat and played around the boat for ages.  I had never seen dolphins in the wild before.  The afternoon was spent surfing which by the end I was able to get up (noone got a photo of that) but as you can see by the photos the first attempts were a bit challenging.

After a lovely dinner and then driving out to the middle of nowhere for a bush dance (much like a square dance) it was time for a bit of sleep and then the long ride home.   I do work in between the weekends but the play is much more fun to write about.  After my first taste of surfing I spent the next weekend with friends who live on the coast.
The beach where we had breakfast. Life is tough but I am managing.
  3 of us took surfing lessons and then met up with all the other exchange teachers in the area afterwards.  My friends, being the wonderful people that they are, had a party for my birthday that night and we had a great time.

This weekend has been my first weekend at home (it does feel that way now) since I got here.  Well not totally at home I did need to go down to the coast to pick up the surfboard that I had bought.  Well I was down there I figured I may as well go for a walk by the sea.  I went down to Kiama where an underwater hole in the rocks causes the water to go up like from a blowhole.  It was pretty neat.  Today started by joining a trail running group for a 12km jog through the woods.  At the midpoint of the run there was a 30 foot boat in the middle of the woods.  The story has it that a fellow afraid of loosing it in a divorce settlement hid it there and said that it had been stolen.  I guess he was never able to go back for it.  Now I must go and get things organised for next weekend.  There is a Highland games here and apparently the village of 2000 becomes 20 000.  Some of my friends are staying for the weekend so I am expecting a bit of fun to occur.  I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying life :0)
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Another dolphin.
Another dolphin.
A small battle
A small battle
The beach where we had breakfast. …
The beach where we had breakfast.…
A dolphin.
A dolphin.
Wheres the beach?
Where's the beach?
I did get up but not this time.
I did get up but not this time.
Or this time.
Or this time.
Time for a break after another rou…
Time for a break after another ro…
Kiama Blowhole
Kiama Blowhole
Some beach, somewhere...
Some beach, somewhere...
My new friend
My new friend
Merimbula
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