“The beach is not a place to work; it is one to read, write or think.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
This morning, Sydney woke up to a sunny sky. It was the promise of a second straight dry day. At the InterContinental, after breakfast, the conventioneers immediately initiated the last CME-CEU session. An hour later, the other travelers went on to punch their admission tickets at the Sea Life Aquarium, at 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney.
The Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney is the closest you will ever feel to Jacques Cousteau, the famous oceanographer, while having your both feet on solid ground. It features 14 themed zones, with 13,000 fish species and other sea creatures of the Australian undersea. A cursory visit takes a minimum of two hours. Staggering! Just do not miss it.
It was drizzling when the last morning lecture ended. The two groups met. We expected the sunshine to return, since even profuse showers can be ephemeral, in Sydney. Lunch was scheduled on the beach.
Bondi Beach offered a gripping view, a camera moment. It is the best fit for a stroll or a surf. The first half-an-hour, we walked on the shoreline, and explored the beachside shops, bars and restaurants. Some dipped their toes into the cool water. Even these limited pleasures did not last long. Soon, the rain doubled in intensity, and a jarring wind joined the hopeless party. We all took cover. Some travelers went right back to the buses. Two hours later, we were all back at the hotel.
Travel-O-Ganza’s Farewell Gala Night and Award Ceremony flew smoothly without a glitch. As usual, it was a fully attended, well designed, sophisticated, semi-formal affair. The dinner was delectable. The Polynesian cultural show was thematic. All 134 prospective world travelers received their Travelearn Certificate. The 33 learners received their Continuing Medical Education certificate. Inspirational speeches were given. Then the crowd danced the night away.
At midnight, the music stopped. The last kisses, handshakes and hugs were shared. Everyone went to pack. The travelers were to check out four hours later and depart to the airport at 6:00 AM. Last stop: New Zealand.
(Odler Robert Jeanlouie, Monday, October 8, 2018, Sydney, Capital of New South Wales.)
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