What a year this has been!
I had planned to take it easy this year, after the amazing trip to Europe documented in my 2017 blog entry.
Our intention was to revisit Japan in May and do a trip to inland NSW with Sylvia's grandsons in October,
but it ended up being a very eventful year, with a total of 6 exciting trips!
had a nervous beginning to
In December of the previous year, she participated in a Club Med course for staff that
desired to become Chief of Village (Club Med for General Manager).
Out of 27 candidates,
only 6 were chosen, and the final decision came through in February
that she made it!
The exciting announcement included a very special surprise!!!
Please click here
to see a very emotional video and detailed description of that occasion
Eitan completed a Bachelor of Science in
Human Biology and Biomedical Science at Macquarie University with plenty of Distinctions on his transcript. Well done!
He has now been accepted at the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS) to do a Masters degree in Medical
Sounds impressive to me!
He has recently moved to a new rented place, together with two mates from high school and his girlfriend Sophie
so as to be closer to his new university
My sister Claudia
prepared her own annual report about her family and trips which include amazing photos of The Kimberley region,
the Ivory Coast, Zambia, Colombia and Cuba
to view her
I am now fully (and very happily) retired, as opposed to working a few hours a weekfor my previous employer .
Retirement gives me the ability to take care of both my physical and mental health:
Every day I either go walking for an hour, mostly with a neighbourhood walking group, swim 700+ metres, go
to the gym or ride my bike.
Mentally, I am on my 9th year of studying Japanese. It is good fun, although a little
frustrating, as after all this time I should be able to speak it better!
And of course, I get to travel a lot!
Sylvia was blessed with another grandchild in March, Sara Jes, to daughter Laura.
Sylvia and I are now in our 15th year together!
In January 2018, Sylvia had an unfortunate bicycle mishap and fractured and
dislocated her foot.
She ended up being wheelchair bound for two and a half months.
She has since recovered (not fully). It did not stop us from having marvellous trips together to
Japan, Dubbo and Italy.
We again were blessed with lots of
guests this year. Some of them friends from the past, some via HIT (Host Israeli
, others via SERVAS
an organisation that matches travellers with willing hosts to encourage culture exchange and
peace amongst nations through it.
Daniel, Franco and Maxo.
These three admirable Argentinian boys decided to come to Australia and circumnavigate
On their way through Sydney, and recommended by a common relative, they booked to stay
night at my place, and ended up staying for a week!
They started in Perth, then rode via Adelaide and Melbourne to Sydney, continuing all
the way to North Queensland.
Unfortunately, their visa was not renewed and they failed to be able to complete their
trip through the north of Australia back to Perth.
They chose to continue their journey in far East Asia and are now on a mission to ride
from Malaysia all the way to China instead!
A description of their adventures can be followed on here
It was fun hosting people from so many different countries and cultures from 3
continents and learn about their way of life.
Yvonne and Johan from South Africa, Alexandra
Briga and Fridjof from Germany, Joan, Carme and Benita
from Spain, and Hannah on a repeat visit from the USA
We again had many Israeli youngsters visit
us during the year. Some for just one night, others for a few weeks.
They all seemed to enjoy being at their 'home away from home' and we enjoyed having them and
pampering them a little. Of course, Shabbat dinners at Sylvia's or her siblings were
special occasions for them too!
See more about HIT here