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

Before I left my job in Portland, I sent blind e-mails to people in several of my company's offices in Australia and New Zealand, introducing myself and asking if I could stop by and say hi.  I sent one e-mail to a fellow named Peter Horn in Newcastle, north of Sydney, and he and I kept in touch during the next year.  When I reached Newcastle I got to meet Peter, and he and his wife, Helen, put me up for a weekend, fed me, and showed me around the Blue Mountains.  It was Aussie hospitality at its best.