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61). Friends Across the Sea    Near Newcastle, Australia (April 2002)

Before I left my job in Portland, I sent "cold call" e-mails to people in several of my company's offices in Australia and New Zealand, including a fellow named Peter Horn in Newcastle, north of Sydney.  Peter and I kept in touch during the next year and when I reached Newcastle, I finally got to meet him.  He and his wife, Helen, put me up for a weekend, fed me, and even showed me around the Blue Mountains.  Aussie hospitality at its best.