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Security in Australia Airport

My previous posts on our Australia trip, I missed posting this photo of atop of Sydney Harbor Bridge. At the Bridge Climb Center, we put on special suit with nothing loose outside of the suit. We were also strapped and hooked on to the steel railing as well as hooked on to the team members. A climbing tour guide led up to the top, took the photo, and then made a U turn to go back down to the Center.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.

It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge, 503 m (1,650 ft), in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Harbour_Bridge

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When we left for Australia, we had no problem passing the security from the US airport with our passports. We had no problem entering Australia either. On our return trip, we went to the airline counter to get the boarding passes. The airline ground crew questioned our passports, perhaps for security reason.

What happened was that on our passports, our last names are hyphenated. But the names on our US Driver’s Licenses are not hyphenated. Since the names on both documents are not consistent, the crew member couldn’t issue the boarding passes to us. We spent a lot of time to explain, also tried to find other identifications to match with the names on the passports.

What we could find was secondary identifications with no photos. The supervisor stepped in and examined everything. Eventually we were issue the boarding passes to return home.

Ever since having that experience, we had carefully corrected all the major documents to have our last names hyphenated.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Atop Views above the Clouds

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When I fly on a plane, I like the window seat. It allows me to take photos of the views from the airplane, especially when the plane is above the clouds.

So often what I gaze toward the sky from the ground, I just see clouds, especially on a dark and heavy rainy day. Without the energy from the sun, I’m less motivated to get going. There were moments in my life; all I saw was dark and heavy clouds. I yearn for sunshine and blue sky to make my heart lighter, my spirit higher, and my steps swifter. Where was the sun?

When the plane flies above the clouds, right in my sight, the clear blue sky and the bright sun. They are there all the time, whether I see them from the ground or not. Of course I can’t see through the clouds, just knowing that they are always there give me encouragement. The clouds eventually will go away and the sun will shine upon my face once more.

We took this trip coming from home of southern California to Portland, Oregon; to visit our daughter and son-in-law. I got the window seat and took photos from above the clouds. I took a few photos as we approached Portland – one above the clouds with clear blue sky, one above Portland, and one above Columbia River by the airport. I inserted a photo of the sun above the clouds from our trip to Key West .

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Atop of Eiffel Tower

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One of the cities we toured during our Europe trip is Paris. We went to the top deck of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters (1,063 feet) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level’s upper platform is 276 meters (906 feet) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. The observation deck provides 360o view of Paris.

We took the steps from the ground level to the second floor, 300 steps for each level, 600 steps total to the second floor. We then took the lift to the top deck. These are some of the photos taken atop of the Tower.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop