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Anzac Day 2014 in Hong Kong

What date is ANZAC day? Answers:
A. 28 April B. 25 April C. 25 March D. 26 January E. None of the above

You can’t become Australian without knowing the answer. It was one of the questions that had me thumbing through the answer booklet, during my on-line Australian citizenship practice test...
I was excited to attend my first ANZAC Day ceremony, as an Australian citizen. Luckily jet lag worked in our favour, as we were in Hong Kong on a stop over.  We were up bright eyed and bushy tailed, at the crack of dawn.

What is ANZAC day?  ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
It was a typical dreary, slightly muggy, Hong Kong day as we gathered at the Cenotaph. The tall buildings of Central emerge statuesque in the half light of dawn, towering above the small monument below. The flags on the shine are limp and lifeless. 
The top of the IFC building remains steadfastly hidden in mist and clouds through out …

Wandering in Washington

Wandering in Washington Part One… Georgetown
Our daughter choose Washington, when we offered her a weekend  anywhere you like in America’.
The nation’s capital was a great choice...
She had initially been interested to study at Georgetown University for her semester abroad with Melbourne University, but the courses didn’t match her exchange requirements. However, it is an option for a post graduate exchange. So one of the first things we did, was to take the ten minute taxi ride from our hotel at Dupoint Circle*, to the lively student area of Georgetown to check it out!
We were starving that morning and with no hotel breakfast on offer with our bargain room rate, and only a sandwich on board the train the previous night, we weren’t walking anywhere without some decent food, or so we thought!
We’re not exactly foodies, but we do all enjoy a good restaurant and we set out with high expectations to find one of Georgetown’s finest brunch spots. With over 100 restaurants and speciality food stor…



If it's Monday it must be New England!

It snowed last week. Whilst the locals are well over their long cold winter,  for those of us visiting from Australia, this was exciting. We don't ever wake to snow on the ground in Melbourne!
There was not a humongous amount of snow, no huge deluge that would stop us from getting places, but a pretty amount, a light frosting  that made everything in New England look beautiful. The houses got bigger and bigger, as we drove through the scenic hills  and valleys there were more and more pretty churches and houses. ... and a few power lines!

We visited 'The Lure of the Litchfield Hills,'  a newly opened exhibit at the Litchfield museum on Colonial Revival. 
Litchfield is often described as the quintessential New England town,  and it was fascinating to learn more about the town  and the immaculate homes with white paint and black shutters.  These are not a product of the colonial era, but a late 19th and early 20th century movement known as colonial revival.
We also went to the Tapping Reeve …

Silent Sunday

Victory - FDR style!

There is none so brave as a Wren, faced with lugging her increasingly weighty,  shopping-stuffed suitcases  through the crowded New York subway, when her DH announces  that he doesn’t much fancy driving in Manhattan…
It’s OK, I’ll drive!  So here I am, 
white knuckled at the wheel leaving town.

'The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself'
Franklin D. Roosevelt Now I learnt to drive navigating Swindon's Magic Roundabout,  I am used to driving in Melbourne and Hong Kong.  I have driven on the go as-fast-as-you-like autobahns in Germany,  and even coped with the priorité à droitesystem in Belgium, but driving in New York is pretty, pretty crazy!

However, 'When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, 
you do not wait until he has struck to crush him' Franklin D. Roosevelt Thank goodness for our GPS, a complete bargain at $14.95 a day.  We turned it on and we were off...
Once, that is,  we worked out what a ‘on’ and ‘off ramp’ was,  then, there was no stopping me...
I’m proud to say I only …