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Monday, February 14, 2000
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Melbourne, Vic, Australia:
Latitude: 37° 49' 50" South
Longitude: 144° 59' 59" East
Altitude: 142 feet
From Seattle: 9235 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Sarah and John

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: Victoria
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1040
Linear Dist: 204611
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 253
More stats...
Hotels: 327
Friends / Family: 286
Camping: 120
Hostels: 225
Transit: 68
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3729

Journal Entry:
Got up slightly motivated so decided to get some exercise. Got directions to the local pool from Sarah and set out. The pool was dry, so I got directions to another pool and 20 minutes later was wet. It was a hot day so the pool felt fantastic. Managed to do just over 2 km, but it hurt - and I know it's going to feel worse tomorrow.

Wandered around central Melbourne checking out camera shops - I'm trying to sell a lens. The first place I tried the woman took a look and said we won't buy that since we only buy the "Ultrasonic" Canon lenses. I said it is an ultrasonic lens; she said no it's not. I looked, and sure enough it's not. I would have sworn I had an ultrasonic lens, but it must be my other lens.

Made reservations for the ferry next Sunday (soonest I could get) to take my car over to Tasmania. Went to a book store and bought Explore Australia 2000 (Sarah highly recommended this - and it looks good), and Fielding's The Worlds Most Dangerous Places - a book I know my mom doesn't want me to have...

Found an internet cafe to check email. While I was on line I started thinking about the ultrasonic lens thing again. I have a list of all my serial numbers for everything I've brought with me in my account, so I checked the serial number of the lens. Sure enough it's different! Somewhere along the line since last January my Canon Ultrasonic 75-300 mm lens has been swapped for a Cannon 75-300 mm lens! I feel really stupid, and I can't think of when it could have happened. Furthermore it must have been deliberate because I've had a filter on the lens the entire time and it's still there (so it must have been swapped as well). What's that mean to me? Not much since I've already replaced the lens - the non-ultrasonic lens is worth about US$ 40 less on the used market - but it's still very annoying.

Had a great diner at a little hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant with Sarah and John. It's their last diner in Melbourne since they're moving out of the house tomorrow (going to Sydney). Back at the house we watched a movie (Copy Cat) and finished off the port.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Melbourne
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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