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Throughout my time in Australia I made a total of three short stops in Sydney where I stayed with Tristan and Adrienne. Tristo and Adro (as I colloquially call them) are great friends, and I consider myself very lucky to have met them. I became friends with Adrienne from my study abroad in Newcastle, and once she started dating Tristan, I somehow convinced him to befriend me as well. After a couple of beers in Newcastle and two years later I had the privilege of being one of Tristan’s groomsmen in his and Adrienne’s wedding. (This is the wedding where I met Don from Perth.) They got married in Adrienne’s homestate of North Carolina and before you could say “baby wombat,” they were on a plane back to Australia to start a life together down under. After my visits, I’m happy to report that they’re doing great.

In addition to visiting Tristan and Adrienne in Sydney, I visited Joe and Annette, who Jimmy and I met scuba diving in Fiji off Taveuni about three months earlier. It was nice to catch-up and reminisce about the Great White Wall.

Unfortunately I missed Adrienne’s birthday during our time studying abroad four years ago (I was in the Outback), so it was a top priority of mine to be in Sydney to help celebrate this time around. It was quite the pub golf pub crawl!

Alas, the day after Adrienne’s birthday celebration it was time for me to leave Australia and continue my South Pacific adventure. Next stop, Apia, Samoa. And with that, consider this South Pacific trip a success (and blogged)!

Sydney and the Opera House."Quality teachers here we are!"  It's Adrienne!The Harbour Bridge from the ferry on the way to Balmain.Tristan, Thai, and Redback.Visiting Annette and Joe at their home near Bondi Beach.Adrienne and Tristan.  "Good on ya, mates!"

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