April 1, Recap

01 Apr 2015 7:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

April 1
Although our official trip was over yesterday, many have stayed on in Melbourne to enjoy the many sights and the beautiful warm weather. Our hotel could not have been more centrally located. Just a few steps from the door is a restaurant alley with 10-12 establishments, most with outside tables and chairs. It is a very lively place most of the day and into the evening.
Reflecting back on our time in Australia, we have experienced a variety of weather. We started our first exchange in a wind and rain storm and arrived in Melbourne on a balmy, still, autumn day. While acknowledging the weather for proper clothing, it certainly did not hamper our activity.
I find it really difficult to single out the best experiences, as so many were memorable. As always, the time spent with the members of the host clubs was the most rewarding. In the Blue Mountains the spectacular scenery was the star attraction. Every day's activity was an outdoor adventure for the most part.
Our short time in Adelaide was only enough to give our ambassadors a taste of all the delights the city has to offer.
The Blue Lake and the surrounding volcanic geology stood out in Mount Gambier. For an area with seemingly not much to offer, we were pleasantly surprised by these "country folk." The mayor's reception and media coverage greatly contributed to our enjoyment of the visit.
While we had our physical ailments during the trip, requiring 3 emergency room visits and a doctor visit, most were able to fully participate in each day's activities. Precautionary measures contained a cold bug to 2 members. The host EDs did not fare so well. Geoff in the Blue Mountains suffered an attack of salmonella, sidelining him for a couple of days; and Doreen in Mount Gambier was hospitalised throughout our visit.
Once again we ate our way through the exchanges with brekkie and lunch, and morning, afternoon and evening tea. We learned a whole other English language. Helen's lively word games and creative song writing, with our singing, along with Richard's observations, regaled both clubs at our farewell evenings. Many enjoyed our rambunctious behaviour, I reckon.

Overall it was a great experience.

Comments

  • 03 Apr 2015 7:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Yes it was and kudos to you too as a great ED! Melbourne is certainly a lively and vibrant city that is worth many days of ones time! Safe travels to all in returning home!
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    • 10 Apr 2015 10:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      Thanks - 19 great ambassadors made it an "easy" job.
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  • 08 Apr 2015 4:41 PM | Anonymous member
    Nice summary, Marty, with many good memories and new friendships established.
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