Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Canberra

Last week, I went to Canberra, Australia on business, for our annual AUS/NZ Convention. IT WAS AN AMAZING TIME IN SOOOOOOOO MANY WAYS!!! Here are a few highlights....


I left here Sunday night, and after an hour delay, we finally left LAX. I have to say that I am TOTALLY OVER Qantas Airlines! Everyone always gushes about them--and even if we did have a mini-convenience store in the back of the plane, there are TOO MANY DELAYS! Of my 3 trips to Australia, I have been majorly delayed EVERY time! This time we were delayed on the way AND the way home!!!

So now I will step of my soap box and introduce my beautiful room....I love the rooms over there--they always have so much character--swanky and modern all in one.
Would you believe I didn't even turn that flat screen on all week?

Emma got in about the same time from Auckland--and we met up w/Teresa Dabrowski--a demo that I met last year. She took us all over town and showed us a fab time. We went to the War Memorial....
The poppys are a tradition on ANZAC day--which was just before. They put them near the name of a loved one.

We saw the old and new Parliament houses (afterall, Canberra is the capital city)....I love the official seal or whatever they call it--with the Emu (I think) and the Kangaroo...
Then we went up Telstra tower for an awesome overlook of the entire surrounding area....L to R: Emma, Teresa, me.
Then we found a big ole pack of Roos--here's me and Cindy. There is a fence between us but they are "wild" and just roam wherever. We saw tons of joeys and my favorite--watching them run. :)
Wednesday morning we had a couple hours before starting to set up so we grabbed a delish breakfast @ Dobinsons which was already our favorite place at this point. I mean just look at that toast! ;)
Once set-up began, we didn't really have a lot of time for play....we did however catch some dinner w/a bunch of demos on Thursday night. Here's Yvonne, Ngaire & Keesh....
...and then the other side of the table: Cherita, me, Teresa....
...we went to this awesome place that had a funky name that I already forgot. In fact everywhere I ate was completely delicious!!! The area we were in had tons of shops and restaurants--it was perfect!!!
And it was so much fun this year catching up w/friends--and still meeting lots of new friends too! Each time I go I love the countries and the demos even more!!
For me, one of the best highlights of the trip was meeting this gorgeous girl:

After working with Amanda for 3 years, meeting was looooooong overdue!! Amanda--I love ya girl! Thanks for being one of my 9 followers! :) When my blog is as popular as Paris Hilton's--oops I meant Perez Hilton's, I will still remember that you were one of the first--maybe I'll even let you be a guest blogger. :) haha

Next post I'll move on to the actual event....had to have a way to break it up and quite frankly I am just too tired now to continue. :)

P.S. If you are an Aussie or Kiwi and have pics posted on your blog--leave a comment with your blog addy so I can see your pics and read your stories too! Thanks!

11 brilliant comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh how fun. I would love to see a real Roo! Looks like you had a great time. You guys were truly missed back here :)

Stacey said...

Seriously you have the most fabulous job!! Looks like you had a blast and I'm so glad I get to read your blog again. I've missed it. ;)
XOXO

Vanessa said...

Lucky.

Jill said...

Your trip looks FAB! But not as FAB as the one you'll have here in Washington, D.C. NEXT WEEK! I can't wait!! But I'm loving the roo photo on this post!! You have such a cool job!

Karen said...

Hiya Shannon!!

It was totally lovely to catch up with you again in Canberra - you still blow me away that with alllllllll your facebook friends, you knew who I was!! Your one amazing gal!! lol

Luv Karen
xo

Chantelle said...

Hi Shannon, Just wanted to say I really really enjoyed your presentations at Convention. You're stampin' style is awesome and I love it alot. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to come here to Aust. Glad you enjoyed Canberra. Hope it didn't take you too long to recover and get your voice back.
Take care

Amanda said...

Hey Hun!
I can't wait to see the rest of the photos. You must have thousands of photos of me. LMAO!
Great to hear you got your suite case back.
A xxx

JJS CARDNCRAFT AND LIFE said...

Hi Shannon...How awesome to see you again, not at regionals but at Convention! Yep for me very special too as it was my 1st!
Your presentations were expert and i learnt alot. Love your smile and style:) Hope you soon got your voice back, and sure you would have cause you never talked again when you left Canberra...right? wrong! Take care and hope to catch you blogging again soon. I am sorry i didnt get a pic with you. Love your pics:)

LeAnn said...

Looks and sounds amazing!!!!

monique said...

Hi Shannon!
Good to read your post - wish we could rewind back a couple weeks to convention and do it all over again! Convention always goes way too fast! It was great seeing you again - and your presentations were awesome as usual. I've uploaded a heap of pics on my blog from convention - I think theres even one of you presenting :)
Hope all is well in the US!
Monique

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