I've got a few minutes left in this internet cafe, so I thought I'd post a quick greeting to everyone from sunny, 80 degree Australia (in wintertime, mind you). Things are going well. I'm in the little town off Coolingatta. Want to know where that is? It's easy. Look at an Australia map, and follow the border between Queensland and New South Wales to where it hits the ocean. That's where I am. I can see the border marker and the ocean from here, just down the street.
We have just a few days left here, during which we will hopefully go diving once more, and also maybe take a day hike up to the top of Mt. Warning (remember the Mt. Warning from Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest? THAT'S the one!). Diving, you say? But of course. I GOT CERTIFIED. More on that later.
After that we'll drive back south and have a few short days in Sydney before heading back to America. Then it's a few days in Seattle, a few days on the coast with my family, and a direct drive over to Moscow.
P.S. Scary Australian Thing #1: Condensed milk in a squeezable tube ("for occasional use").