Back at home and catching up with stuff

By the time we got home yesterday (Friday 3 June 2005, 16:00 Australia/NSW time, after touching down barely an hour beforehand), we had been awake for nearly 3 days straight. Still, we managed to stay awake until about 10pm which I think really helped us with the jetlag. Finally J has some idea of the totally bodgy state of mind that I get into any time I have to fly to the US! We have truly had the adventure of a lifetime. We saw so much art (paintings and sculptures etc), so many parts of cities we had only ever read about, and experienced so much that I'm just not going to bother trying to blog about it all. I am glad though that I didn't lug my laptop around Europe though. Not only would J have gotten annoyed at me, but it was excess weight that we didn't need. Mainly because I bought museum guidebooks along the way...... Anyway, 1100 photos, 6 quicktime movies and once more yay for Apple's iPod photo and the iPod photo connector. We had a blast on this trip. The only part I really didn't like was our night in Turin (Torino) so we could catch the Eurostar train to Paris early the next day. I'll mention the gory details later. So, a few little things to jot down: 1. 7508 emails in my Sun inbox (apart from the 1000 or so filtered already, yay imap). 2. I have a 20% assignment due on Monday afternoon at 5pm. :( 3. At 13:43 CET on Thursday we had been in the air from Vienna for about 2:43 and I saw another jumbo fly past us at what looked like a really dangerously close distance. 4. J's family in the UK were fantastic (again, more detail later). 5. I shouldn't pack so many clothes! 6. NAB had a "planned" system outage (not noted on their internet banking web page or their main page) closely followed by a 24hour total card-related outage due to their telco lines being down. All card authorisation requests were apparently rejected for a total of 36 hours. 7. Pay attention to the traffic lights in Firenze. It'll save your skin! 8. The Sistine Chapel is a true work of art. If it's the only thing you see in the Vatican Museum then you've gotten your money's worth. 9. Don't bother with vino della casa in Italy (or France or the UK), it's almost always really bad stuff. Stick to the bottled stuff. 10. I am so glad to be back home where I can cook vegies again. 11. Limoncino and Limoncello should be served icy cold and before the espresso. 12. Book ahead (weeks!) for the Uffizi Gallery. 13. The Rosetta Stone is not in the Louvre, but in the (free) British Museum. Seeing it on Wednesday made the entire UK part of our trip worth it. (I thought we'd missed out on it in Paris at the Louvre because the Egyptian wing was closed the day we went and I don't think I've ever been more happy to be wrong). 14. Stamps from the Vatican City post office are much bigger than you think, so it's almost better to write your postcard after you've stuck the stamps on it. Right. Now I have to get onto my assignment so it's a good thing I've been pondering it for the last two weeks via my subconscious. CiaoCiao from Sydney
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