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August 17th, 2006 by MrLuxuryFashionGuru

Sydney is such a gorgeous city, I almost feel guilty that I’ve done nothing touristy, nor have I really ventured out of the house on my own.  I’ve been put on my own at a lovely homestay, successful American expatriates (Wharton and HBS grads) who left on vacation the day after I arrived, leaving me with the run of their tastefully devorated home, their aging golden retriever, Trooper, and their almost-six daughter, Eloise.  I’ve been getting on great with Claire, the English nanny/PA at my homestay, and I’m perfectly content to laze around reading my book and watching FTV on the plasma-screen in the den.  In many ways it’s been like being on retreat by myself at a spa – I’ve been up before 8am each day, I’ve been to the gym twice with Claire and despite the *huge* Australian servings at restaurants I’ve been eating fairly moderately and healthily.  Fairly.

It’s surreal how much happens in the world when you’re travelling for over two months and fall out of the loop with the news, your friends and family.  In that time Indonesia has had an earthquake, a tsunami, a volcano eruption, and the world’s worst human death toll from bird flu.  Bombs went off in Mumbai.  A massive terrorist plot was revealed at Heathrow.  America experienced her hottest months and days on record (and suffered a spate of power outages).  Lebanon and Israel went to war, and reached a fragile UN-brokered ceasefire.

And then there are all the personal developments closer to home.  Someone’s changed jobs, others have graduated or begun new courses, new couples have been formed or are coalescing.

All while I wasn’t looking, or paying attention.

I *am* excited to be starting school again soon.  If only I could scrape together the time to get a whole bunch of different things done…  the stuff for Amy, the stuff for Rebecca.  Looks like the work is all cut out to be done.  Guess I should get a move on…

PS:  Bali was beautiful, Jakarta managed to turn into a Jon-style Choshi City for me, and Singapore was everything I hoped it would be, and more.  I couldn’t have asked for more.  Thank you, God!  (And Mother, and Janine!)

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4 Responses to “Down-time”

  1. Eve Says:

    Hey Jason,
    I just wanna thank the Dins for coming down to St Margaret’s.
    You guys were awesome.

    God bless.

  2. bali phuket Says:

    Bali average temperature in the costal areas, about 28

  3. Sitter Says:

    Next time you visit Australia spend more time out. And, don’t forget to visit MELBOURNE!!!

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