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Day Trip to Stradbroke Island (aka Straddie)

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Part of the fun of the Yow Conference circuit in Australia is the days in between sessions. We were slated to sail a huge catamaran in the ocean, but the seas were too high. So we refactored with a visit to Stradbroke Island.

Here’s how that went.

Ferry from the mainland to the island on a bus!

A picnic lunch with the fellow geeks and beer.

A walk on the Point Lookout trail

Spectacular cliffs (and a couple of sharks)

Kangaroos in the wild

Gelato in “town,” followed by a dip in the (pretty damn cold) ocean. The swim was wild.

Beaches

Water taxi back to mainland.

The seas were rough on the way back as the sun was setting.

Amy, leader of geeks made us all get wet!

Instigator

A warm shower back at the hotel was welcome indeed!

Another Day in Malta: Wind in Valetta

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A very windy day on the Mediterranean

To get to Valetta from Cospicua you can either take the ferry (every 30 minutes…or so) or you can take a water taxi from the taxi stand. The taxi is more fun but way more arbitrary.

Views from the War Museum on the bluff are incredible. Valetta itself is overrun with tourists but makes a nice afternoon of wandering.

Ancient barracks

The Cathedral is a late stage capitalism joke. God is dead and the admission charge is 10 euros. The cattle fill the place. Not really worth the price of admission. ON the other hand, the War Museum is modern and well put together.