Sydney Australia

Wish we could have stayed longer! The Blue Mountains, Manly Beach, Taronga Zoo Koalas and Botanical Gardens were nothing short of amazing.

Chicago Visit

Chicago river

A co-worker and I spent three days in Chicago for a SAP Workflow course.  While I certainly enjoyed the course, I was very excited to catch up with some friends and family that I’ve been meaning to visit.

Monday night Sara, Garret and I made it to a Cubs game and while they unfortunetly lost (not surprising this year), wrigleyville most definetly held up to my expectations — very authentic.  

Tuesday I took a walk to the Navy Pier (over rated) and then decided to hike all the way to the Taste of Chicago – lots of people!  You simply purchase tickets to try a diversity of foods including deep dish pizza and cheesecake.  Before my trip back, I was also fortunate to have a great lunch at bride-to-be cousin at Quartino (thanks for the recommendation Sara).

   Tast of Chicago

The Rusty Bike

Tony and I randomly decided to make it our goal to fix this old 1950′s bike.  After hours of cleaning the carbonator, tightening loose connections, etc. we found that there was a very large amount of rust in the tank.  We could practically hear it clinking inside.  Dear Sears, why couldn’t you be nice and use stainless steel?

After detaching the tank, repeatedly filtering out the gas into coffee filters …we were able to get the sucker pretty clean.  As seen below, our hard work paid off.

Australia and New Zealand

With my Uncle and Aunt now living the semi-retired life in New Zealand, I thought it was a good excuse to explore the other side of the world.  To my surprise we didn’t quite escape the Starbucks, US fast-food chains, not even American music (eg. we heard Alicia Keys in at least 3 cafes)…Within the last few weeks we met a handful of great people from all over the world and went tramping (hiking) through some of the most amazing terrains.  Please read more about these journeys on the travels page.

New Blog

Welcome to my new blog.  I’ve been trying to get myself to create a blog for some time now.  It only took a few weeks of vacation for me to find time to actually do it.  There is not much to it quite yet, but it was nice to have a place (other than FB) to put the details of Australia and New Zealand travels.  Please feel free to leave a comments.

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