I got bit by the travel bug last year when I hooked up with some friends from work and went to New Zealand and Australia. Well I just wanted to start out with a funny story here and will share more later about that great trip. My travel friends and I could not believe all the flies that live in Australia. It is not a dirty country, but everywhere you go there are flies. We got off the plane in Melbourne and it was rather warm and lots of flies. We thought it was just due to the weather, but everywhere we went there were more flies. My OZ friends laughed when we asked them about it and they said why do you think we have this Aussie Wave shooing the flies away from their face and of course we fell out over that. I stayed in Melbourne for a week with my OZ friends, but my other travel pals went up to Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. When we all met up for an after travel party in the USA, I asked How was the fly situation in the north of Australia? They said it was worse and at one point they had to get these special net hats to wear. I was telling some friends the other day about those flies and said I wonder why there are so many flies in Australia? Someone quipped...It's an island and they can't get off the island. Too funny. Anyway, Australia was interesting, but New Zealand (North & South Island) was absolutely beautiful. I wouldn't mind living there, but everthing is very expensive. A can of green Beans is $4. Our group went for a drive by a huge lake and stopped for lunch at a cute side-walk cafe...$8 dollars for a beer and ya can't enjoy your pizza without ordering a second beer, so we each paid $16 for our two beers. Anyway, it was a fabulous experience to travel there. I would love to go to England too, but seems like the safety issues for travel there is not very good right now. My travel pals are heading off to Costa Rica next, but I am not real interested in going there, so will pass up that trip. Next month some of my friends and I are driving down to Los Angeles to see the King Tut Exibition...I am really looking forward to that. I love ancient Egyptian things. Where have you traveled...got any good stories?