I attended a science lecture last night at the University of Sydney.  I really love the old buildings on campus, I felt like I was at Hogwarts and any minute Hagrid was going to come strolling across the lawn towing some weird mythical beast. Yeah, that would have rocked!



The lecture was on deep sea exploration off the coasts of Australia. Since it was a free public lecture there was a bit of fundraising and public awareness worked into it. I have to admit that it is pretty sad how little the Aussie government supports marine research considering it is an island nation with huge expanses of coastline & the world famous Great Barrier Reef. The budget only allows for one boat, a tiny research vessel, and that funding is over next year, so in 2009 Australian marine labs won't even have a boat to use. The presenters talked about the fact that we currently know more about the moon than we do our own planet's oceans. We have only explored about 6% of the world's underwater terrain, leaving the remaining 94% totally undiscovered. 
This message has been brought to you by the makers of  "Captain Gordon's Unagi Snackers", and "Tricky Seal Diving Insurance. Don't leave home without it."

Hi there. I am in Yeppoon Australia, which is near the Gold Coast and there is a big fat cyclone heading our way. Well.....maybe not THAT big....but still it is nice to see the waves so rough and the wind blowing. I am a strange bird and actually like the stormy weather in this quaint little resort town. 

[profile] vega_33 and I are with his folks at this cute resort to celebrate our Christmas Holiday. We saw this goth van earlier and were comforted to know that some of our people may actually be residing here. 

 

I miss the internet. I will admit it. :-D  I have been longing to read about the happenings of all my lovely friends during their holiday seasons. I only have about 3 minutes left to blog this on the hotel computers so I will have to catch up later.

Vega and I are smashingly buzzed on delicious red wine at the present. Getting ready to consume mass quantities of yummy food in the restaurant. The trip has been really good so far. I got to hear all these fun stories about him as a child from his family, AND see Photos TOO!!! :-D  I am sure the gift will be returned to him when he spends more time with my family next year.  Ahhhh so many upcoming plans in the new year. I am really excited about 2008. 

Shyte....the 2 minute warning has just beeped. Well....more later with photos from all of this overseas frolicking. I wish you all a wonderful festive new years celebration. Hugs and Kisses!!

Yes, when I am buzzed on wine I get all cuddley....as some of you may well remember.

Love to all from down under. And yes I did see some kangaroos out here. :-D

Kiana

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