The Roths Down Under

A collection of daily events, activities, thoughts and reflections. Check back often as we will update our log every day or so. Don't forget to stay in touch by clicking on the comment link below each daily entry!

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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

A young family having many "adventures of a lifetime!" Ed, Karen, Eddie & Heather


Friday, July 22, 2005

More Americans Down Under

Eddie and I stopped at a McDonald's this morning before heading to the train station (which we never made it to). A black family came in which is uncommon here and set next to us. AFter a few minutes I could hear that they were clearly Americans and I introduced myself. We started to chat a bit and found out that the "Dad" is the head coach of the professional basketball team here in Brisbane and he spends about 8 months a year here in Brisbane. He's played all over the world and at one point was even drafted by the Phoenix Suns after playing for the University of Texas. Check out: if you're interested. Anyway, we talked for about an hour and he and his wife invited Eddie and I over for dinner tomorrow night! We are definitely looking forward to that - just sharing initial impressions of this area was so much fun. His son goes to school back in Texas and his daughter goes to school here (at least half if not the whole year). Anyway, somebody else has signed this computer out so.... more later.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Big Game Fishing

OK - the big day is set for this upcoming Monday - 5 hours of fishing off the Gold Coast. Cobia, Sharks, and Red Snapper are the three main targets for this time of year apparently with Wahoo and Mahi Mahi as second-stringers. We can't wait!

So last night Eddie and I played cards in the food court of a mall for 3 and a half hours before we went back to where we are staying - he beat in Rummy 500 - can you believe that?! Also, when we talked on the phone yesterday with Karen and Heather, I "gave Heather a kiss" over the phone to which she replied "yeah, but it wasn't real - where are you?" My kids are trying to kill me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Hello? Hello?

Well, for anyone out there who still may check this out from time to time ...

After Karen/Heather left on July 6, Eddie and I spent about a week back in Brisbane and then a week on the road again; Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Geelong, bla bla bla bla. It all blurred and is still a blur. We had a great time and Sydney ... just fabulous! The harbour there is second to none - absolutely stunning. We took a harbor cruise and spent some time in Darling Harbour and eventually back to Circular Quay near the Harbour Bridge and Opera House icons - what a day!

We are very much looking forward to getting home, I know it may seem a little whacked out to some, but you hit a point where you've just been away too long. Thinking about one last hurrah - maybe a deep sea fishing trip on Saturday then back to the U.S. on Wednesday. Karen said she will stock the house with all-American stuff to welcome us home - can't wait! Will post photos etc. after we return - hopefully there will be some extremely large fish in one of them!