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Back to New Zealand....for good!!
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We have had great year. Glenny and Matty have been exceptional hosts while we have been in Sydney making the year run that much smoother. We had a big party on Saturday night, sort of a combined Christmas and farwell do.

All that is left to be done is to pack a few final things and get on the plane.

The next entry will be from New Zealand.

Love, M&J]]>

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Vietnam Cont.
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Having a great time in Vietnam. In Hue (central Vietnam) at the moment. We head off to Hanoi tomorrow. Had a great time in Hoi An. Met up with some Aussie medical students, which was a bit of mistake. Not very well the next day.

Have seen plenty of temples and pagaodas. Today we went on a tour of tombs of dead kings and into the Forbiden City. Very cool.

Take care all. Will post pics as soon as we get back to Sydney, or I find a computer with card reader.

Love M&J]]>

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Vietnam
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We are in Vietnam at the moment. Spent a few days in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) where we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels (230km of underground tunnels that the Viet Cong built during the war), and the sights and sounds of Saigon. Was very busy and noisey with 1000's of motor bikes on every street.

Currently we are in Hoi An. A city in central Vietnam that is recovering from massive flooding. Half the town was under water but most of the water has subsided and at present only a few shops are still closed. The Vietnamese are very resourceful turning a disaster in to a money making oportunity by offering boat rides through the city. And they are very quick to clean up and get right back to business. No complaining here.

The food has been great, and very cheap. No more than a dollar or 2 for a beer, and most meals rarely cost more than $15-$20 including drinks for the two of us.

We are off to Hue and Harlong in a few days. Then Hanoi and then onto Cambodia. Can't add any pics yet, but will try and find a way.

Love to you all, Marty and Jeff.]]>

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Hervey Bay
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We had a great time. Saw some whales calves that were migrating home to the Antarctic which was pretty amazing.

Work at the hospital was good. Accommodation was good being a free standing house. Worked on two sites (Hervey Bay Base and Maryborough)run by the same board. The staff at Maryborough were a great to work with. They had a bit of fun making sheep jokes. So it was no surprise that the farewell morning tea they put on included some marshmallow sheep.








Hervey Bay itself is a nice spot. Spent a few days on the beaches on the weekends. Went to the local gym quite a bit.

We are now looking forward to our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Love to you all, Marty and Jeff.]]>

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Whitsundays Aug 2007
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We had initially booked a 36 foot yacht but due to technical problems we upgraded to a 44 foot Bavaria. Not as new as the boat we had booked but very nice. There was plenty of room for the two of us. It had 3 double beds (cabins) and two bathrooms, fully galley, plenty of space in the cockpit with two helms (steering wheels), and sailing computer and navigation gear. Terry terrific gave us the usual boat briefing before we took off.

The first few days it rained a bit. But from then on it was great weather with sun and wind, so we got some great days cranking the boat.

The first day we made our way to Blue Perl Bay (on the north side of Haymen Island). Great diving and fantastic fish and corals. There was a school of batfish that hung around the boat allowing us to feed and even touch them while they were feeding on our kitchen scraps. Quite a cool experience.






The following day we went to Haymen Island for the day. It was truly stunning resort with perfectly maintained gardens, immaculate facilities, friendly (and cute) staff, great food and cocktails. The restaurants looked stunning with opulent Italian furniture, chandeliers, and massive flower arrangements. We hoped we would see some celebrities but Madonna and Kylie were nowhere to be seen, although we were entertained by a few cockatoos trying to steal our lunch. We made the most of the pool and pool bar.








Following our visit to Haymen we went to Butterfly bay for the night where we enjoyed wine and cheese while taking in the serenity of the sea and sunset. Everything went pretty smoothly and our skills at picking moorings made us look like familiar old sea dogs. The following day we made our way to Border Island, another great spot with great diving. For the fourth day we headed over to Sawmill Bay on Cid Island. A pretty busy spot with 35 other boats having the same idea.








For the last day and night we sailed to Happy Bay Resort. Happy Bay is a low budget resort and was full of fat Australians, which wasn’t that bad because at least we felt gorgeous. One of them was so fat that she sank a jet ski in the bay claiming afterwards that the jet ski was faulty.






Unfortunately it all came to an end too soon and we could have easily spent another week sailing, away from the world. But reality came rushing in when we had to catch the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay to start work again.

We are now in Mackay for 4 weeks. The work is pretty steady and we have hospital accommodation just across the road in the form of an apartment looking over the river.

We have started our health kick by going to the gym, eating healthy and no drinking. Jeff has been a non-smoker for over 3 weeks now!!!

Hope you are all well. Lots of love, Marty and Jeff.
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Lunar Eclispe
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On Tuesday night there was lunar eclipse in Sydney. Pretty cool. Looked like a giant basketball in the sky due to the fact the moon looked red and obviously spherical.

On Monday we are to the Whitsundays for our 4th sailing trip. Just Jeff and I this time. We have booked a 36 foot boat for 5 nights. So that should be awesome.

Jeff has quit smoking. He's been a non-smoker for a week now. He went and got hypnotised and has not smoked since.

We have had a couple of great days in Sydney (26 degrees).

The other good news is that our Vietnam and Cambodia holiday is coming together with flights confirmed and accommodation being sorted. We have also go an overnight trip on a junk organised and a tour of the temples in Angkor Wat. The whole trip will be for 2 and a half weeks.

Hope you are all well. Love M&J ]]>

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Back In Sydney
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http://martyandjeff.com/blog/index.php?entry=entry070820-184043 We are back in Sydney after our second stint in Bundaberg and Tassie. Flying from Queensland to Tasmania was like going from summer to winter overnight. Latrobe (in Tassie) was so cold with bitter frosts and a few days of cold rain.



Bundaberg was nice, warm weather and the exact same serviced apartment on the beach. Jeff started running during the days trying to beat his personal best everyday thanks to his Nike+ iPod. On the day we left Bundaberg there was a big air show on at the airport.



The locum in Latrobe was pretty uneventful despite the Mersey Hospital being in the news as it was due to be shut down, but Johnny Howard stepped in to the tune of $45 million. We had the usual hospital accomodation and car. Didn't really get much time to look around as I was on call the only weekend we were there.




We arrived in Sydney on Saturday after an early flight out. So we arrived a bit tired. But that didn't stop us from going to a house party that night.

We have another holiday planned in the Whitsundays in two weeks time. This works out well becuase we have 4 weeks at Mackay (just down the road from the Whitsundays) following the sailing. And then we are off to Hervey Bay for 5 weeks.

The other good news is that we have started making plans for our Vietnam and Cambodia holiday in November.

Love to you all,
M&J]]>

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Bundaberg and Tassie
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Anyway, a brief overview:

We finished our 3 weeks in Bundaberg (our second locum there), flew to Sydney over night, and are now in Latrobe in Tassie. We will be here for 2 weeks.

We are both well, and just as crazy about each other as we always have been. :-)

We will add a full update and new photos in the next few days.

Miss you all!! And we are soooo looking forward to coming home in December.

Love, Marty and Jeff ;)]]>

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Mildura
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Mildura is similar to Griffith in that it is a very fertile land in the middle of nowhere. The people were nice and work at the hospital was good if not a bit heavy on the roster. The case mix was mostly day stay stuff but there was the odd big case.

The accommodation was excellent. A nice air-conditioned 3 bedroom house with fresh bread, milk and a bottle of wine on arrival.


The Rex aircraft. This is the type of plane that Rex uses.


Arriving at Mildura.


Mildura city centre. A nice day if you are in the sun.


Ladybird in Mildura.


The house we had in Mildura.


Sydney Harbour from the train.


Russ (with Maddy and Kyle - spooky eyes), Mark, Marty, Matty, Glenny and Jeff.

Yesterday (Thursday) was Jeff's Birthday. We had dinner at home with Glenny and Matty and their friends Russ and Mark. A nice meal and good company, and of course a cake. Profiterole cake!!!! Jeff loves profiteroles. Jeff was pleased to get a facial voucher, an iPod with Nike +, and a Tissot watch.

Tonight we are out on the town as part of the continued birthday celebrations.

Love to you all. M&J xxx]]>

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Burnie, Tasmania
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Cold!!! Certainly was a change from Queensland. It got down to minus 3 degrees over night. The landscape was very much like New Zealand with plenty of green fields and trees, and possums. The people seemed nice, but you kind of see why they have a reputation of having two heads. Not an epicentre of Australian talent so to speak.



The first few days we were in a hospital house in Burnie. But for the last 3 nights we went to Latrobe (40 mins east) to work at the Mersey Hospital.

While in Latrobe we stayed in a B&B (Lucinda) that used to be a home for 'naughty girls', except we were 'naughty boys'. Very Victorian with high ceilings, plaster ceiling rose and panneled wood walls. The cooked breakfast every morning went down a treat. But it was cold, despite having the heaters of full blast. Plenty of possums in the surrounding trees. They love thier possums in Tassie.



We spent a day having a look around and then went to a vineyard (Barringwood) to enjoy some wines and delicious mixed platter of local cheese, fruit and salmon. It was a stuning day with clear skies and warmth in the sun. We ended up buying a mixed case of Pinot noir and Pinot gris.



Following our stint in Tassie we went straight to Mildura (Vic) where we are now.

We have added a map of where we have been to the main side menu. Take a look.

Love M&J.]]>

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Trip Home to New Zealand
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Alex

Tom at Soccer Practice

Then it was up to Auckland to catch up with more family and friends. We stayed with Marty’s mum. Caught up with Dave, Dan, Mark, Graeme, Eric and of course Bacchus. I think Bacchus has left his own blog entry. Caught up with Philly and Rosemary. Had few nights out with friends which was great. A dinner with Julie, Darl and Alex at the Empress Garden. And we got to take a look at our house, which we miss very much.


Jeff and Dan

Vic, one of Dan's girlfriends

Jeff, Russel, Dan, Marty, Vic and Lis

Today we head back to Sydney, and then to Tassie in a few days.
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News From Bacchus
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This week my Daddies came to see me. They have been in Australia working and I have been missing them. I think that they must have missed me too because when they came to see me they gave me lots of cuddles and smooches. I almost thought that they had forgotten about me so I gave them lots of licks so they would remember me when they go again.



I have been staying with Suzie. She looks after me while my daddies are working. Suzie has another cat called Rasties. He’s a bit older than me and is not so playful, but I play with him anyway. Suzie has a big garden with lots of room to play, and there is a stream down that back where I catch lots of rats. Suzie doesn’t like the rats when I bring them home. I don’ know why because they are fun to play with.



I had an accident a while ago. My tail got caught in a door. It really hurt and I lost some fur. I had to go to the vet and have an operation to fix my tail. It’s all fixed now but my tail is a bit shorter. It still works so that is ok.



I have to go and see if there are anymore rats by the stream now. Bye.
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Melbourne
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We did a little shopping, as one does in Melbourne, and got in a show (Miss Saigon) which was great. The weather in Melbourne was much colder than Bundaberg making it a good intermediate for our visit home to NZ.
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Sydney Again
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Violet mad us a special dessert!


Jeff and Glenny


Us with Dudley


Glenny, Matty and Dudley

Today we are off to Melbourne for an anaesthetic conference. We will spend 5 days there and then head to Christchurch for a few days and then on to Auckland. We have booked a show in Melbourne (Miss Saigon) which Jeff is really looking forward to. No doubt we will do a bit of shopping too.

Our year is pretty much booked up until November. We go to Tassie for a week when we get back, and then Mildura after which we go back to Bundaberg for 3 weeks. Tassie again after that and then Mackay again for 7 weeks.

Hope you are all well. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Love M&J.
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Our Online Calendar
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Bundaberg
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We finally arrived in Bundaberg after a long trip back to Sydney from Kalgoorlie. Qantas, who have the worst on time departure record, cancelled our flight from Perth to Sydney. Something we only found out when we checked in. This meant we had to stay the night in Perth and fly out the next day. Luckily Carmen (Jeff's uni friend) was home and we were able to stay the night at her house. As such we arrived in Bundaberg a day late (loosing a days pay and Bundaberg having to cancel an operating list). Well done Qantas!

Bundaberg (just north of Brisbane in QLD) is a coastal town where the famous (although nasty) Bundaberg rum is made. The town is nice, nice weather, friendly people and best of all our accomodation is stunning!!! We have been put up in beach front apartments in Bagara (10 mins drive from downtown Bundaberg). Ocean views, clean surfaces, massive flat screen TV, pool, tennis courts and the beach just across the road make this a great place to stay.



The hospital in nice. Four operating theatres and a crew of full time staff. This means that call days are a bit easier and the lists are reasonable. We do have to look after the ICU when on call so this adds a bit of a different element to the work. The staff seem freindly enough. It should be a good stint.

We are here for 3 and a half weeks, and then we got back to Sydney for a week and then to Melbourne for the ASM (anaesthetic conference).

We have started booking flights to NZ. We arrive in Christchurch on the 30th of May and will spend a few days there before heading up to Auckland.

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Kalgoorlie and Esperance
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We are staying in one of the hospital houses just over the road from the hospital. It is pretty tidy and has all the usual trimmings. The hospital though is much busier than any of the others. The roster is pretty tough with big operating lists and 24-hour call in addition to the lists. This week I have had five full days with three of them being 24-hour call. Luckily, only one of the call days was busy.

The staff are nice though. Charlie (one of the GP anaesthetists) and is wife Lara own a holiday home in Esperance and they were kind enough to allow us to use it for a weekend. They have a 2-year-old daughter who broke here arm on one of my call nights so I had to anaesthetise her. She wasn’t too happy about it at the time, but a few days later she did turn up with some chocolates ‘for Marty’.



Esperance is amazing!! Brian (from Perth) used the term ‘ridiculously beautiful’, and the beaches are similar to those in the Whitsunday’s with clear water and white sand. We hired a rental car and made our way 400km south from Kal. Esperance is on the south coast of WA.



Charlie’s holiday house is fantastic, huge and has stunning views over the beach and Southern Ocean. We spent the weekend exploring the beaches along Le Grand National Park, and taking a look at the wind farm that provides over 6 MW of power for the local community.




We have two more weeks in Kal before we head back to Sydney and then on to Bundaberg in QLD.

Hope you are all well. We are planning a trip home in June for a few weeks after an anaesthetic conference in Melbourne in late May.
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Perth
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We stayed with Carmen and Bart in Perth and their new baby, 12 week old Claudia who is such a sweetie, and Jeff’s new girlfriend in fact.



Carmen and Bart were kind enough to put us up for a few nights, and were wonderful hosts.



We took a trip along the Swan River to Fremantle catching views of some huge houses. Most were in the millions of dollars and one was worth $64 million. Why anyone would have that much tied up in one house is beyond me.



Fremantle was very cool. Old buildings with so much history and a very relaxed vibe to the place. Full of young people with a university being one the main features. We strolled around, had some lunch, bought a few clothes and took in some music in the town square (even though Jeff thought they were hippies). We took the train back into Perth so that we could appease Jeff’s public transport desires, and avoid the yappy Thai’s that were on the boat.



We also caught up with Damon and Brian who are now living and working Perth after travelling the world. Damon is working for a geotechnical firm and Brain in studying HR at Perth Uni.

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Mount Isa
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It was bit like Broken Hill but the accomodation and management staff were much better. We got a newly renovated house with full aircon and new appliances and a brand new Subaru (23k's on the clock).

The hospital and case mix was pretty much like most of the rural hospitals we have been at. The Aboriginal patients spend most of the time outside the hospital, sitting under the trees and on the grass with their drips and smoking, only going inside when the nurses come looking for them.



Mt Isa is a mining town base around a huge open cast mine that procesess lead and copper. The mining operation is huge!! See the pictures in gallery (click photo gallery on the right).

We flew back to Sydney on Monday and then an early flight to Perth where we are now. Carmen and Bart (friends of Jeff's, we wen't to their wedding in Queenstown last year) are putting us up for a few days before we head off to Kalgoorlie for 3 weeks. Carmen and Bart are new parents with a beautiful 12 week old baby girl called Claudia.



Hope you are well. And miss you all.

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Mardi Gras Sydney 2007
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The party started at 10pm and we dnaced most of the night until 7am. There were over 18000 people there with 5 main dance venues and plenty of outdoor areas to get some fresh air and chat with people. Everyone was friendly and chatty, no dramas at all. The Music was great and great beats and Boy George mixed a great set aswell.

So needless to say we needed the next day or two to recover.


Next week we are off to Perth to see some friends and then on to Kalgoorlie for 3 weeks work.

Love to you all, M&J
(P.S. it's fake...but we had Dan going for a few days).]]>