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Wednesday

We just arrived in Sydney, Australia. Our hotel is beautiful (wait until you see our view). It is located on Bridge Street (near Macquarie Park). We need to get to the Sydney Opera House as soon as possible. Although it is a few miles away, Meri and I decided to walk from the hotel to the opera house (since we are trying to locate Veritas International ). Mr. Vuhn told us that he found out that Veritas International was within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House, so maybe we will get lucky and find it on our way. In our last blog post, we asked for your help to read the map and decide which cardinal direction we should travel to go from our hotel to the Sydney Opera House. Most blog readers chose choice 1 - We will be going NORTHEAST. We will take a look at the map now and see if you guessed correctly (we attached the map below if you want to double-check). In the meantime, we have included several pictures of this beautiful city. We even included a picture of the gorgeous Sydney Harbor suspension bridge.

     - Geo


Here is a boat that we saw outside of our hotel. Isn't the Sydney Harbor beautiful?


This picture shows the skyscrapers of Sydney.


This picture shows the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It is a suspension bridge. Do you remember what that means?

 

Street map of Syndey
Here is a street map of Sydney. Can you figure out which cardinal directions we will travel from our hotel on Bridge Street (near Macquarie Park) to the Sydney Opera House?


Wednesday

Thanks for trying to help us get to the Sydney Opera House. You were correct; we had to walk northeast. It was a longer walk than we anticipated, so we went into a local coffee shop to relax a bit while walking.


Holy Idaho! We just returned from the Sydney Opera House. That place is amazing! We attached pictures of the opera house (check them out). The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most famous performing arts venues. You can see so many cool shows - like theater, ballet, concerts, and more. Maybe we can catch a show if we get to stay here for a few days. The opera house is known worldwide as one of the most distinctive 20th-century buildings. It is such a neat-looking building. Unfortunately, during our walk - we didn't see any building named Veritas International. We are going to go out walking again tomorrow. It is getting dark now. We will update our blog again ASAP.


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     - Meri


The amazing Sydney Opera House


Here is the view from the Sydney Harbor (you can see the Syndey Opera House and the suspension bridge).

 

Tour the Sydney Opera House in 360° | Featuring soprano Nicole Car and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Holy Idaho! This site is amazing. Take a virtual tour of the Sydney Opera House and listen to the music.


Thursday

The sun is coming up in the beautiful city of Sydney. It is amazing how different Sydney is from Alice Springs, Australia (where we stayed 2-weeks ago). Last night Meri and I looked at the literature that was left in our hotel room about Australia. What a fascinating country! Did you know the word "Australia" is derived from the Latin word Australis (which means southern)? That makes sense since Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. Australia has six states and two major territories (they also have several small territories). The states include New South Wales (where Sydney is located), Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. The two territories include the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Just as the United States has a capital (in Washington, D.C.), Australia has a capital, too: Canberra. Each state and/or territory has an individual capital also.


Australia is rich in natural resources. Look at the attached world map (called "Who's Got What"). Australia has a good portion of four of the eight natural resources listed on the website. Can you figure out which four they are? Go check it out. We are getting ready to go out and explore the city of Sydney in search of Veritas International.

     - Geo


Here is a picture of a clown fish in the Great Barrier Reef. This reef is one of the seven wonders of the world! I wish we could visit the reef - it looks unbelievable.



Friday

Sorry, we didn't get to write more last evening. We are packing our bags to leave for Sydney Airport. Let me back up and tell you what happened yesterday. Geo and I left the hotel as soon as the sun was up. We walked for several hours looking for Veritas International. We ended up eating lunch at a small cafe on Young Street.


The teenager who was taking our order asked us where we were from. We told him we were from the USA and looking for Veritas International. He smiled and said that his Uncle Sebastian worked for the company, and it was right down the road! Holy Idaho! We were so excited; we took our lunch to go.


Within minutes we found the company. Before we entered the building, we called Uncle GT to tell him the great news. The building did have a sign, but only a very small one in the window. We went in and spoke to the receptionist. We weren't sure how to handle this situation. So, we decided to "fake it." We told the receptionist that we had a 1 o'clock meeting with Mr. Smith. We figured there had to be someone named Mr. Smith at the company since Smith is such a popular name. Sure enough, there was.


She called Mr. Smith and said his secretary didn't mention any meeting but to come to his office. So we headed to his office, unsure of what we would say. Mr. Smith was very nice and asked us how he could help us. We asked him to explain his company to us. We told him that we might be interested in working for the company after graduation.


Well, we were shocked to learn that Veritas International created lie detector tests for police and other agencies. I asked him if they ever used animals. Mr. Smith looked kind of surprised and said they had no use for animals because their system was all computerized and had been that way for years. Geo stood up and looked Mr. Smith right in the eye. He said, "Does the name Dewey mean anything to you?" Mr. Smith looked confused and said he was familiar with the Dewey Decimal System used in libraries to categorize their books. His response made me laugh a bit.


At this point, Mr. Smith was getting very suspicious of Geo and me. So we thought it was best to head out. We thanked him for his time and walked out of the building as quickly as possible. As soon as we were far enough away from the building, we called Uncle GT. He said he would look into the situation and call us back as soon as possible. In the meantime, Geo and I went to one of the many zoos in Sydney. We attached pictures of some of the animals that we saw (the koala bear and kangaroo are very popular in Australia). The zoo was awesome!


While we were at the zoo, Uncle GT called us back. He said that since our last phone call, he had discovered ANOTHER company called Veritas Resources. They are based out of Asia. They have headquarters in China, Japan, and numerous other countries. Uncle GT said that Mr. Smith was telling the truth about Veritas International creating lie-detector tests, and we had no reason to think that Dewey was in Australia.


Maybe those map coordinates last week were right. Those were the coordinates for Papua New Guinea. But one of the islands of Papua New Guinea (the island of New Guinea) shares an island with Indonesia. And guess what - Veritas Resources has one of its four headquarters located in Indonesia. The other headquarters are in Japan, Korea, and China. We have decided to go to Japan, Korea, or Indonesia. Where do you think we should start on this mission to find Veritas Resources and Dewey: The Truth-sniffing Dog? We attached a map to see where the three countries (Japan, Korea, and Indonesia) are located. Be sure to take a look.

     - Meri


Check out this adorable koala bear we saw at the zoo.


Here is a kangaroo and joey (another name for a baby kangaroo).

 

Map of East Asia and Australia
Can you find Japan, Korea, and Indonesia?

 

Taronga Zoo
Here is the zoo that we visited. Check out the animals.

Tell Geo and Meri what to do:

- Geo and Meri should head to Indonesia?

- Geo and Meri should head to Japan?

- Geo and Meri should head to Korea?



 

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