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Old 07-11-2005, 11:34   #1
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Calling all Austrailians

Hi All.

My son is a student at Purdue University and has just been given an opportunity to spend the summer of '07 in Sydney interning for some Purdue program. He says that the place they stay is across from the Sydney Opra House. I'd like to know more. If you local guys want to discuss this some more off line, I'd appreciate any info. Thanks

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Old 07-11-2005, 20:57   #2
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Ozz, land of.

Do you mean Australia ?

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Hi Greg,

The lucky young adventurer - spending a summer in a foreign city. And of course not just any city - gotta be proud of our city. He will have a ball - and hopefully do some uni work too.

Across from the Opera House probably means across the harbour to a suburb called Kirribilli. The Opera House is right at Circular Quay on the edge of the CBD, where all the commuter ferries come, so he might be lucky and get a nice spot with a great view.

Kirribilli (as you might expect) is quite an expensive area, mostly high rise - from bed sitters to large apartments. Ferries, trains and buses are all in walking distance and just near the harbour bridge. There always seems to be a shortage of car spaces there, so many people do without them - transport is so easy and close to the city and nearby Darling Harbour - probably a bit more popular for the young ones.

My daughter is doing a similar thing - international student in Mexico for a semester - due back in January. She is also doing community stuff - helped a tsunami devastated community in Thailand and shortly working on a project to save turtles from extinction in Costa Rica.

I have sent you a mail separately. Let me know if you would like some more info/links/etc depending on what you are looking for.
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Re: Ozz, land of.

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Do you mean Australia ?

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Yeah, that's the place. Sorry. Got in a hury.

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Typo

It was me being prissy. Taking a cheap shot at the Yankees.
I make lots of typos, but it was a place name. Gord messed up Norquay Tensing, and I hope that is correct, but I did not say anything.
I was in NZ when the opera house was being built. There were major cost overuns and lots of squabling.
I believe Frank Bethwaite is from that area. His book High Performance Sailing is well worth the money.
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Old 08-11-2005, 11:19   #6
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Australia??? Isn't that the little Island Off our west coast???
I believe they have an excess of Saucer's at present
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I canít abide being wrong, and worse yet, remaining wrong.
I would appreciate correction when my ignorance shows.
Of course it was Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary (not Norquay Tensing)

As it happens, Tenzingís name was changed by a high lama from Namgyal Wangdi to the name we know him by today ("Norgay" means "fortunate").
http://www.tenzing-norgay.com/about/tenzing1.html

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Hmmmm, I'll belienve ya Gord. Thosuands wouldn't, but I'll Believe ya.
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Holy Cow it really happened!!!

He got his letter of acceptance today. He's really going. Only it's THIS summer, not next summer as I had originally posted.

Now I'm the one who's nervous. Here's where he'll be staying http://www.glenferrielodge.com/ Anyone have any knowledge of this area. Anyone nearby who could say hi to him?

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Hi Greg,

I'm an Oz but EU based right now - but he'll have no issues in getting to know the locals especially in his age grouping.

They rarely bite - unless of course you're a Kiwi.

If he's into yachts tell him to grab a ferry over to the south side and go visit the Cruising Yacht Club. I think they twilight sail each Wednesday / Thursday evening. If he simply asks an existing member to sign him in (being shy in Oz is not an option), and ask how does he go about getting a sail - I suspect he'll be out on the water quicker than a flash.

I am from an older generation but still have lots of pals northshore - so if you are ever really worried (I mean real issues) then email me direct and I can ensure someone local intervenes for you.

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