A Vivid Experience of Sydney, Australia!

Down in Sydney

In 2011 during a dinner with Beverly Jackson, Director of Marketing, Strategic Alliances and Social Media at The Recording Academy, she challenged me to leave the US once a year. I had recently taken my first trip out of the country where I reconnected with Beverly at mLove. I smiled and accepted the challenge.

This year I received an invitation to speak at the amazing X Media Labs in Sydney, Australia.  I didn’t have a clue about Australia beyond kangeroos, Finding Nemo, and a large number of poisonous animal. On the other hand, here was an opportunity to meet Beverly’s challenge. So, I accepted the invitation to learn..

I was seen off at the airport with an unexpected, but big hug from my taxi driver, Lisa who was so proud of me taking this trip.  This year I remembered to do a currency exchange before leaving and was unprepared for what I received. Australian dollars are absolutely gorgeous! They’re so gorgeous you would immediately take a picture of it and post it on Instagram. That’s exactly what I did and even considered saving a few bills to bring home.  Time would tell as I began to board a relatively comfortable 14 hour flight on Quantas airlines to Sydney. I spent the last hours of my flight watching the sunrise chase my plane.

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