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Five members of the Class of Nepal 2006 met for a reunion in Geelong on Sunday and we all had a merry time.

There were 8 members of the group who trekked on our first trip to Nepal, and one of our members, Doug, hails from Perth in Western Australia and came over for a visit and to watch the start of the AFL football season and especially to see his beloved Cats, the Geelong Football team, play against last years premiers, Hawthorn.  Fortunately they won so it was a happy Doug who met us in Geelong.

Even though Doug lives nearly 3000 kilometres away and has never visited Geelong before, he has barracked for the Cats for many years so it was fitting that he finally made the trip to the city.

The rest of the troop comprised Jenny from Melbourne, Tanya from Geelong, MP and I and we all met at a cafe down by the Waterfront and spun much blah, blah over a latte before adjourning to the Cats Bistro at the Geelong Football Club ground for dinner.

It was a very pleasant evening reminiscing over the good times in Nepal and then we drove Doug home to OG for some well earned shuteye after his three hectic days sightseeing in Melbourne.

On Monday, we had a walk along the beach to  Barwon Heads and back to the Dunes for a coffee before we ventured further afield around the tourist spots of the Bellarine Peninsula.  We stopped at the Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse and viewed The Rip in it’s usual angry mood.  This is the narrow opening to Port Phillip Bay and the treacherous water here is considered the most dangerous shipping path in the world.

Click on the following picture which I took of the Pt Lonsdale Pier below the lighthouse and just to the left of the previous photo.  Five minutes after taking that picture, one of the fishermen you see on the pier was dead.  We saw the police helicopter as we headed towards St Leonards and found out the reason on the news that night.  A waste of a life.

After cruising around the Bay via Indented Head and Portarlington, it was time to get Doug back to Geelong to catch the bus to the airport and his flight home.

It was great to catch up with everyone, and especially Doug, who none of us had seen for over two years.

PS.  The group photo was taken by a guy and his wife visiting from Iowa.  He was at pains to point out it was the breadbasket of the USA when I told him we had been to 38 US States but never to Iowa.  However, we were invited back to do Iowa and the other 11.

  1. April 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Crikey… he jumped in to get his ciggies and drowned… what a tragedy! See… smoking KILLS!

    Shammy – Begs the question why you’d bother since they would be soaked and useless. June probably has it right with the booze being a contributor.

  2. june in florida
    April 1, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Great reunion but what a sad end.Maybe some booze in the picture clouded his judgement.

    June – More than likely.

  3. Muppet's Mum
    April 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Sounds like you had a great time with your Nepal group! It’s always nice to catch up and reminisce isn’t it?

    Muppet’s Mum – We did indeed.

  4. April 1, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    The bright spark that jumped into the water to get his ciggies didn’t think that perhaps they would be ruined by being in the sea?? It is sad that he died because he just wasn’t thinking.

    It looks like you had a great time with your friends from Nepal.

    I’m from Iowa you know!

    Peggy – I knew you hailed from Iowa and that PS was mainly for your benefit.

  5. April 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Our group picture is fabulous! An appropriate momento of our reunion, sums us up: relaxed, happy and a little bit whacky!

    TL – Yes, I thought the photo was great too. You can download it from the web page or else I can give you the original at the weekend. Bring a memory stick if you have one.

  6. AZ
    April 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    What’s the price of a pack of cigs in OZ? The US is averaging $6-$10 a pack depending on the brand.

    AZ – I think from the last time I looked at the convenience store to see how much they cost since I gave up 30 years ago, they were around that price. I remember being startled that some cost $A10 to $A12 ($US7 to $US9) but that was awhile ago. Will do some more research for your benefit.

  7. AZ
    April 3, 2009 at 6:14 am

    That’s still not enough money to risk one’s life, he must have been drunk or on drugs 😕

    Life goes on and we had a good weekend.

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