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SHANNON IS IN THE MIDDLE OF HER EXAMS AND SHE FINDS THEM VERY CHALLENGING AND THE EXAMS ARE WORTH 45% OF YOUR MARK AND THUS VERY IMPORTANT. SHE IS ENJOYING HER TIME AT QUT AS THE CAMPUS IS BEAUTIFUL AND SHE HAS VERY LITTLE TO DISTRACT HER AS SHE IS LIVING ALONE, WHEREAS IN ST. ANDREWS IN SCOTLAND SHE HAD DOZENS OF FRIENDS FROM TORONTO, HER BOYFRIEND AND FLAT MATES.

THE TEMPERATURE YESTERDAY WAS 38 CELSIUS AND SHE IS GLAD SHE HAS A/C AND A POOL.  APPARENTLY IN THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER AND JANUARY WHEN SHE WILL BE IN TORONTO, THE HEAT IS INCREDIBLE AND MOST REMAIN INDOORS WITH AIR CONDITIONING.

3 1/2 MORE SHORT YEARS AND OUR DARLING WILL BE JOINING OUR FOOT CLINIC AFTER GRADUATING AS A PODIATRIST.

WE CAN HARDLY WAIT AS SHE WILL BE AN AMAZING ADDITION TO OUR FOOT CLINIC AS SHE IS SUCH AS LOVING AND CARING INDIVIDUAL.

 

SHANNON HARDY, DR. JOHN A. HARDY'S AND MARZ'S LOVELY DAUGHTER STARTED PODIATRY SCHOOL LAST MONTH AT QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.  IT HAS BEEN VERY INTENSE THUS FAR BUT SHANNON IS ENJOYING THE COURSE VERY MUCH SO FAR.  AFTER WORKING IN OUR TORONTO FOOT CLINIC FOR SEVERAL YEARS SHE HAS DECIDED THAT THIS IS THE COURSE SHE WANTS TO PURSUE FOR HER CAREER. ITWAS A TOSS-UP BETWEEN FLYING AND BEING A PODIATRIST, BUT PODIATRY HAS WON OUT.

WE HELPED HER GET SETTLED AND SHE HAS A LOVELY APARTMENT IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY.  IT IS ALSO VERY HILLY AND SHE WILL GET LOTS OF EXERCISE AS YOU ARE EITHER GOING UP A HILL OR DOWN ONE.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON SHANNON'S PROGRESS. THE TIME CHANGE IS 14 HOURS SO IT IS A BIT TRICKY TALKING TO HER BUT SO FAR WE ARE MANAGING.

 

 

 

WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELLING FOR 4 DAYS UP THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA ON OUR WAY TO CAIRNS.  WE ARE 2/3 THE WAY THERE AND HAVE STOPPED FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AT AIRLIE BEACH WHICH IS IN THE HEART OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.  BEAUTIFUL WHITE SAND BEACHES AND ISLANDS WITH SOME OF THE BEST DIVING AND SNORKELLING IN THE WORLD.  WE WILL BE TAKING A CRUISE AND DIVE TOMORROW ON WHITEHAVEN BEACH AND HAMILTON ISLAND.  THE SAND IS SNOW WHITE AND IS COMPOSED OF 98% SILICA.

THE SURROUNDING AREA IS VERY MOUNTAINOUS AND TROPICAL WITH VERY LUSH VEGETATION AND FAUNA.  MANY EXOTIC BIRDS AND ANIMALS.  THE NOISES OF THE BIRDS MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE DEEP WITHIN THE AFRICAN JUNGAL.  WE SAW HUNDREDS OF KANGAROOS ON OUR TRIP HERE, UNFORTUNATELY MOST WERE ROADKILL AND APPARENTLY MILLIONS OF AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS MEET THEIR END THIS WAY, MOSTLY IN THE OUTBACK.  THE PEOPLE WE HAVE MET SO FAR HAVE BEEN VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL, REALLY DOWN TO EARTH.

THE TIME HERE IS 14 HOUR AHEAD OF TORONTO TIME.  WE ARE FINALLY USED TO THE TIME CHANGE, BUT IT TAKES SEVERAL DAYS TO REALLY ADJUST.  SO FAR WE ARE HAVE ING A SLOW PACED, RESTFUL HOLIDAY.  GOING TO WALK TO TOWN NOW TO VISIT THE SATURDAY MORNING MARKET.

 

 

July 01, 2014
Category: HEALTH
Tags: Australia   outbacks   cairns  

THE HARDY'S HAVE GOTTEN SHANNON REGISTERED IN PODIATRY SCHOOL AND SETTLED INTO HER NEW APARTMENT WHICH WILL BE HOME FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.  SO FAR BRISBANE IS A BEAUTIFUL CITY WITH AMAZING PARKS, CLEAN AND VIBRANT.  THE ONLY ONE DRAWBACK IS THAT IT HAPPENS TO BE THE 6TH MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE WORLD.

WE LEAVE OUR 2 BEDROOM HOTEL ROOM IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY TODAY AND PICK UP OUR 30 FOOT CAMPER TO HEAD OFF INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN.  WE ARE JUST GOING TO PLAY IT BY EAR FOR THE NEXT 14 DAYS.  STOP WHEN WE FIND A GOOD SPOT OR ARE TOO TIRED TO MOVE ON.  MANY THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE WAY WITH OUR FINAL DESTINATION CAIRNS AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.  IT WILL ALSO BE A BIT WARMER AS IT IS NOW WINTER IN BRISBANE, ALTHOUGH WITH DAILY TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW 20'S IT IS NOT ALL THAT BAD.

WE HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL MOTORHOME VACATIONS, 2 IN ALASKA AND ONE EPIC ONE TO THE EAST COAST.  WE HAVE ALSO CHARTERED BOATS IN EUROPE.  ONCE TO SCOTLAND, THE NETHERLANDS AND VENICE WHICH WERE ALL GREAT WITH DIFFERENT THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON EACH TRIP.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE A COUNTRY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, THE WATER.  THE THING THAT THE BOATING VACATIONS ADVERTISE IS THAT THERE IS NO BOATING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

OFF TO THE DEALER TO PICK UP OUR MOTORHOME WITH MORE BLOGS TO FOLLOW.

 

 

 

THE HARDY'S ARE PRESENTLY IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA GETTING OUR DAUGHTER SETTLED IN HER NEW APARTMENT WHICH WILL BE HOME FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS AS SHE IS ATTENDING QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (QUT) STUDYING PODIATRY.  THERE ARE 2 CAMPUSES AND HER APARTMENT IS SITUATED RIGHT BETWEEN THE 2, ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF HER CLASSES WILL BE AT THE KELVIN GROVE CAMPUS.

THE CITY IS MODERN, CLEAN, VIBRANT WITH MANY INTERESTING THINGS TO DO AND SEE.  YESTERDAY WE VISITED THE WORLD'S LARGEST KOALA SANCTUARY.  WE TOOK A 90 MINUTE BOAT CRUISE UP THE BRISBANE RIVER AND SAW A BEAUTIFUL SANCTUARY WHERE WE HELD KOALAS, PETTED KANGAROOS AND SAW MANY TYPES OF REPTILES, MAMMALS AND MARSUPIALS THAT ARE INDIGENOUS TO AUSTRALIA.  A VERY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE AND HAS BEEN VISITED BY QUEENS, POPES AND MANY OTHERS OVER THE YEARS AS IT HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE SINCE 1929.  THE PARK IS EXTREMELY WELL RUN AND SPOTLESS.  

THERE ARE MANY PARKS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WITH THEIR FAUNA AND WILDLIFE.  EVERYONE IS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. TRAFFIC RUNS SMOOTHLY AND PEDESTRIANS OBEY THE RULES AS JAYWALKING BRINGS WITH IT A $200 TICKET.  ONE THING IS IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE.  I HAVE NOW HAD A $20 FRANKFURTER (HOTDOG) AND THE MINIMUM WAGE IS $22/HR.  YOU RENT YOUR APARTMENT BY THE WEEK WHICH RESULTS IN 52 WEEKS OF RENT RATHER THAN 12 MONTHS (48 WEEKS).

WE HAVE RENTED A MOTORHOME STARTING TOMORROW FOR 2 WEEKS AND WILL BE HEADING UP TO CAIRNS AND THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WHICH SHOULD BRING US SOME WARMER WEATHER.  IT IS NOW WINTER WITH THE DAYTIME WEATHER IN THE 20'S AND NIGHTS DOWN TO THE SINGLE DIGITS BUT NO WHERE NEAR 0.  BRIGHT SKIES AND CLEAR DAYS WHICH MAKES IT GREAT FOR WALKING.  THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY IS A LARGE PEDESTRIAN MALL WITH MANY SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS.

ALL IN ALL THIS IS A VERY NICE CITY TO BE LIVING IN AS OUR DAUGHTER SHANNON WILL BE FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.  WE WILL BE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING HER GRADUATION AS A PODIATRIST AS SHE WILL BE JOINING US AT OUR FOOT CLINIC IN TORONTO.  WE SHALL BE COMING BACK SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO VISIT SHANNON AS WELL AS ATTEND HER GRADUATION.

 



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