Winding up the Trip
As the time winds down and we prepare for the long flights back into the northern hemisphere, we begin to reflect on all of the wonderful adventures we've had.
Of course, not all
of them have been recorded here in the journal. However, there were
several observations worthy of last minute remark .
School uniforms fascinate us. After many years of working in schools we came away agreeing that uniforms are "a good thing". In both New Zealand and Australia school uniforms are the norm. They are not only attractive but add a wonderful element of pride to the students life. Here is a class outside the public library in Cairns.
Trains - my first ride in a train was from Moscow to Leningrad in the 80's - a sad comment on the plight of the US rail system. Since then, I have tried to make up for it. We make a point of traveling every urban subway system we can find - from Mexico city to Buenos Aires. From Shanghai to Paris we enjoy the rail systems. When we were planning the trip north from Sydney to Cairns we had to make a choice of air, road or rail - we chose rail. It was a long journey well over 1500 miles . We took the overnight Sunliner from Sydney to Brisbane where we sent the day exploring this nice\city. Then we boarded the famous Tilt Train for the long but high speed overnight and another full day trip to Cairns. It was a great trip and very comfortable complete with shower.
back to New Zealand and watching Tim's webcam on the internet of the
snow and cold in Whitefield, we were reminded of the day we spent in
the famous Antarctic Center in Christchurch. Here Betty and I stand
in the special snow room where the temperature was a chilly 17
degrees F and they turned on the wind fans to create a 40mph gale to
illustrate a mild Antarctic winter.
And the last
impression I want to record is not a pleasant one, but one that
struck us strongly and consistently and is in need of recording.
And now its time to
wind up this Journal for the winter 2007 and concentrate on reentry.