North America Adventure: Part Two – Niagara Falls

I spent the last day in Toronto visiting Niagara Falls which is about two hours south-west of the city.

After some debate about how to get there we settled on catching the train – which is what I wanted as I love trains.

The train from Toronto was very impressive. Double deck, nice seats, and power outlets for every seat. After about an hour we had to change to a bus to complete the journey – which again was double deck and very impressive for public transport.

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North America Adventure: Part One – AAAI-12 in Toronto

Welcome to Canada

Last week I was in Toronto, Canada attending the 26th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference. Toronto was a great experience and is a rather interesting city.

I flew out of Sydney on Air Canada direct to Toronto with a very small layover in Vancouver. This is my first trip outside of Australia/New Zealand and I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. It turns out a 13.5 hour flight, 1 hour layover, 4.5 hour flight is a very long time.

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Photos from 18th Biennale of Sydney

I spent yesterday at Cockatoo Island exploring this year’s Biennale of Sydney.

My favourite installation was of a Chinese classroom where some of the desks had animations projected onto them telling a story.

Below are a few photos, however, the Biennale is best experienced in person. It is free, and runs until mid September.

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Como Bridge Walk

Around Sydney there are a number of short urban walks. One such walk is the rail trail over the Como Bridge from Como to Oatley.

The walk is a train lover’s dream. The walk runs parallel to the train line for about 1.5km, and the views of the Georges River make for a very idyllic setting.

Below are some photos of the walk that I took this morning, I even scored a wave from the driver of a coal train.

Adventures in Tāmaki Makaurau and the Waitakere Ranges

I have recently returned from a visit to Auckland. While I was there I went on a few planned – and a few unplanned – adventures. The photos below are from tramping at Fairy Falls in the Waitakere Ranges, visiting Piha Beach, tramping above Mercer Bay also in the Waitakeres, visiting Karekare Beach, walking around One Tree Hill, visiting friends in Albany, and going to Western Springs Speedway.

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Photos: T20 Australia vs India

Last night I went with a group of mates to the T20 Cricket International between Australia and India at ANZ Stadium Olympic Park.

The event was really fun and there was a carnival like atmosphere there. The game itself was great, despite India being very much off form. Below are a few photos from the night.

Sydney Symphony in the Domain 2012

Last night I went to Symphony in the Domain with a group of friends from uni.

The quality of the concert was exceptional. There were a number of violin and saxophone solos and the orchestra overall sounded superb.

Most of the music performed was not very well known. But the rendition of The Blue Danube Waltz was brilliant, and the traditional final piece Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture rounded out a very good evening.

Below is a video of the last three minutes of the 1812 Overture with the full fireworks and cannon display.