Yeesh, you'd think I fell off the end of the earth. Well, I kinda did. Let me tell you, Australia is a loooooong ways away! It was a super quick, whirlwind trip, but totally worth it. Mom and I had a great time despite that fact that I got jet lag pretty bad. Mom didn't. Go figure - a 64 yr old does better than a 41 yr old. Groan. I'll go through a quick run down and post some photos. Because, after all, you want the photos, right?
We left on Wed. and arrived Friday morning. Yeah, no fun(approx. 18+ hours in a plane). We immediately hopped a plane to Brisbane for the convention. Luisa and Mindy met us at the airport and we checked in our cute apartment. Oh, and my other new buddy Michelle met us there, too. The five of us stayed together. Friday afternoon we set up the booth and the classrooms. Pizza in the room, then bed.
Saturday we hit the ground running. Taxis to the convention center, then three classes back to back. Everyone asks me if the scrapping is different there. Not really, 99% of the product is from America. My students were adept at inches vs. centimeters since all the tools are in inches. Us Americans are pretty spoiled that way. We make everyone else conform. Heh, heh. The one photo below is me teaching (thanks for getting this one Michelle) and the other is Michelle and one of my students/new friends, Kim. Hi, Kim!!!
After three days of convention (and one super yummy dinner in Chinatown), we headed back to Sydney, a city I'm in love with. We were just there long enough (two days) to know that we'd love to go back. I promised my new Aussie friends that I would get a photo with a koala. So, there you go. We went to the Toronga Zoo, the Auqarium, took a nice Harbor Cruise, ate an excellent fish (barramundi) dinner (thanks for that, Luisa and Brett), and even did a bit of shopping. So fast. So fun.
On to the photos...