The family trip to Sydney, NSW, Australia has gone splendidly. Much of what Bill Bryson said in his book, In a Sunburned Country, is true. Australia is a fabulous country. Our first week was very busy. We took part in the YPO Global Leadership Conference. We had lots of meetings and workshops. We got to catch up with lots of friends from all over the world.

 The Sydney Opera House viewed from the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

The weather in Sydney was a bit worse than hoped for, but that doesn’t mean it was all bad. It is the end of their summer down here, and they have a had cooler temperatures and more rain than usual. The rain hasn’t dampened spirits. The city was alive with all kinds of stuff going on, in addition to the GLC. When we arrived, the Queen Elizabeth 2 was just getting ready to depart. Sister ship, the Queen Mary 2, had just left the harbor as the QE2 arrived. I’m not sure if the “ships passed in the night,” but it was billed as a momentous event. It was also the Sydney Chinese New Year celebration and the 30th anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. There was a spectacular parade. We saw the before and after, but not the parade. With our little guy, we have had early evenings most nights.

So, there was an awful lot of stuff going on in Sydney, and it is usally a hopping place. Well, it has been even busier this year with all this extra stuff. We got in some great urban runs. The park system is wonderful. It really is the kind of place where you could stay and live!

Sydney Central Business District viewed from North Sydney.

The QE2.

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