Bek and Steff's
China Challenge
2 - 14 Dec 06

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Singapore Slingshot

No, it's not a drink - it's literally a slingshot on a bungy cord that shot Bek and the two young boys she led astray into the Singapore night!

Yes, she's already making friends and influencing people!!

Very hot and humid in Singapore - to be expected. What wasn't expected was how neat and tidy the city is. I loved it - the food (and Tiger Beer!) was excellent and much needed after the long flight. We're back in the airport now, ready to fly to Ho Chi Minh City (forever after going to be referred to as either HCMC or Saigon).

We're about to meet the Melbourne crew - Sydney people are lovely - even if it is a bit like herding kittens to get them to do anything!! Groups hey!

Next update when we can find another internet terminal!!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

1 more sleep

Keeping with the theme of eating and drinking, Bek and I are sitting here with a beer and a glass of wine repectively.

Only 1 sleep to go!

A few exciting moments this morning - Bek lost her hotel voucher for Singapore and Steff was left off the hotel list for Singapore completely! After a couple of phone calls this was all resolved.

Steff now has to put everything back into her backpack that was so neatly packed before she arrived in Sydney and Bek will be learning about the joys of living out of a backpack and not being able to pack a hair dryer!

Drinks with friends to send us off (this seems to be a recurring theme...) and hopefully we'll be able to post from Vietnam/Cambodia in the not too distant future.

To all those celebrating birthdays/other milestones - we wish you Happy Birthdays/Anniversaries etc... and will see you either before or after Christmas!

Watch this space....

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

3 more sleeps

No more work for the rest of the year!!

I finished up at work for 6 weeks on Friday. After a rather large and celebratory Friday night, I flew from Melbourne to Canberra on what was the first leg of my trip. After catching up with friends, on Monday I travelled the 3 hours on the Murrays bus from Canberra to Sydney. Since I left Melbourne I have done very little other than eat, drink and catch up with friends...although I did sit on the exercise bike at my parents' place this morning for 2 1/4 hours. If the buckets I sweated out this morning are any indication of what it will be like in Cambodia - it's going to be a wet trip!!

Only a few last minute things to organise and then we're off!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

9 more sleeps...

til we leave!

Good-bye lunch - tick
Good-bye dinners - tick (and some to do!)
Good-bye drinks - on Friday
Last physio appointment - tick
(a huge thank you to Marcus at Coburg "Back in
physiotherapy who has keep me on the road despite my best efforts to injure myself! Thanks to his massages I have continued to cycle although suffering from a tense and unflexible ilotilial band which causes knee pain.)
Plane tickets - tick
Packing - ummm, not yet!
Motivation at work - zip, zero, nil

Marty and I did a two hour training ride this morning, down to St Kilda Marina and back, and so far the left knee has been okay (that's the one I see the physio for!) but my right knee (which suffered in the crash) is still healing so a little sore.

Not long now!

Monday, November 14, 2005

The eating is over...

A significant milestone passed last Friday in Canberra - the very last Oxfam Challenge Cadbury fundraising chocolate was sold at about 3:35pm.

After nearly 11 months of chocolate sales, I can't say I'm going to miss it (and I'm sure neither will my waistline)! But, through the generosity of all our chocolate eaters and sellers we have raised lots of money for Oxfam, so that is probably worth more than our collective waistlines.

A huge thanks must go to Christian and Jennie Everart (nee Partridge - the wedding was only recently so we're all still getting used to the name change) who sold lots and lots of chocolates over the last year at their respective work places! Huge kudos to you both!!

Only 11 more days until we fly out!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Blood, sweat and tears...

All was going well on the "extra long" way to work (which involves the Capital City Trail) until I hit a very slippery edge of wood and lost control of my bike. Using my body as a brake, I slowed my momentum and I ended up resting against a parked car.

Accordingly to Marty it was a spectacular crash.

A quick check revealed no broken bones but I was slightly winded and I had donated some skin to the pavement. Upon arriving at work, the shower pointed out the grazes I hadn 't yet found and my leg began swelling just above my ankle. So, I hobbled home to ice everything and a trip to the physio confirmed that nothing serious had been done but that ice was the order of the day.

The day after, my knees won't bend properly, my leg hurts but I'm confident that I'll be back in the saddle shortly!

Monday, November 07, 2005

18 more sleeps...

til take off!

Visas - tick
Vaccinations (pin cushions) - tick
Pre-trip reading - tick
Backpack - tick
Unwanted injuries - tick
Physio visits - tick
Hot days for training - tick

So, apart from buying some culturally sensitive shirts (no bare shoulders) I think we're pretty much ready to rock'n'roll.

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