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Sorry that I have not been on the blog much so I'm going to update you on the last few days. I have left the comfort of my 5 star hotel in Melbourne and left on a five hour journey to a little town called Naracoorte. (It is a aboriginal name.) To see my sisters god parents. The next day we went into some awesome caves. I learnt about extinct animals from here in Australia there is one that looks like a kangaroo that has a koalas face it is very scary! Yesterday I went to Mount Gambier.  we did lots of shopping and that is pretty much all we did there not including eating stuff. On the way back from there I got a little green lolly known as a WARHEAD! The way people react to these sour lolly's I was expecting my mouth to be bleeding because of the sour. But just like steeping on legos people on the internet just way overreact to them I mean the WARHEAD challenge would not be nice but when you just have one it is manageable. The most sour moment of it is the second it touches your mouth. and the sour depletes as time goes on. Then it tastes like yummy green apple. So those have been my days BYE BYE.  The picture below is of warheads (I had green ones.)

Day 3 In Melbourne - Puffing Billy Train Ride/Visit to Chocolatier/Wildlife Sanctuary.

We got up very early this morning, as we had to catch the Grayline bus at our Hotel door at 7.30 to head out to a place called Dandenong Ranges National Park.                                                        
We got out there and fed some cockatoos.  They were wild, but used to people and they came and flew down onto us.  Their claws were super sharp when they were standing on my bare skin! 
We then had a morning tea, thanks to our driver who cooked us tea on the billy and served us lamingotns and crackers with Vegemite.

Pretty soon we got to  Carry on to the place where we were going to have our Steam train ride.  The Steam Train was called Puffing Billy and it was great fun riding in his carriage.  We were allowed to put our feet out the train and hold on to the barriers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

After that we went on our bus to a Roast Spit lunch held at the Fergusson vineyard. Awesome
Then to a chocolatier.  Great tastings there!  (but Mum said NO WE DONT NEED CHOCOLATE!)
After that we went to a Wildlife Sanctuary where we got to see, tons of birds..Koalas, Snakes, Kangaroos, Dingoes, and a Platypus too.  It was really cool

We didn't get back to our Hotel until 7.30pm.  What a long day we'd had.

We had a swim, before we headed out for dinner.
Had dinner
Bact to our Hotel.
Crashed out

Day 2 in Melbourne.  - Sealife & The Markets and a search for some Jandals/Thongs.

On our second day in Melbourne we got up early and went downstairs to have a huge breakfast in our Hotel.  There was a huge selection. There were muesli's and yoghurts and juices and crossaints and muffins, and sausages, bacon, hashbrowns, eggs (3 ways), as well as scrambled. There were fruits and cheeses, and salamis, and dumplings, it was craziness! We didn't know what we wanted. 
Dad said to have a big breakfast as we were going to do a fair bit of walking and doing activities and we may not have much for lunch - or it will be a late one.
It was delicious and we were full!
We waddled off across to the other side of the river to where Sealife was.  This is Melbournes big Aquarium. It SMOKED Kelly Tarltons!
We sat in on a few talks - which was very interesting.  We saw a huge croc called Pinjarrah, he ended up in the aquarium after eating a farmers $10,000.00 cows! 

He was so huge.
The penguins were really cute. One kept looking right at us as if to say "take me home with you"; I couldn't resist and I bought a stuffed one in a hoodie. Ive called him Peter.

Kendyls jandals broke and we had to go looking all over Southbank for a pair of Jandals.  We decided to head to where the markets were in Queen Victoria Street, however when we got there they were closing up as it was almost 2pm.  We didn't find Jandals.

We caught a taxi back over our side of town, looked for jandals, still couldn't find.  By now we were getting a big grumpy and had had enough of walking around.
Finally we found a cool shopping mall.  AND - Hallelujah - Jandals!! (they only cost $3.50 too).  Kendyl got a whole lot of new clothes - and I got new shirts too.

Finally we came back to the Hotel and went for a lovely swim.

After our swim we went for a walk down to the food court which is not too far from our hotel. 
Dad and I had Indian.  Mum and Kendyl had a roast meal.

We came back and crashed out, as we knew we had an early morning the next day.

Thanks Jessie T for your great camp recount from 2014. We are using it to look at descriptive statements and personal thoughts and feeling.

Hello classmates I'm sure your happy that I'm still able to write on the blog. Today I spent the whole day waiting. Waiting to get my bags put in the plane, waiting to be allowed on the plane, waiting for business and common flyers to get on the plane so I can, waiting to get to Australia, yet somehow I still had fun. I am a weird human finding fun out of waiting. But I did so ... yeah. I am in a five star hotel called the Crown Promenade. I am on the 25th storey. Here is a pic.                                       

I am near the middle of Melbourne and staying here for four days including today (This was written on the 21st).  I am having fun hope you are too here are some random pictures of the day to end this off.

The best part of camp: was the log flume because it makes your stomach fly and it's very exiting.

The hardest part of camp: was the 3D maze because I kept getting lost.

The best part about getting home was to see my Family and my IPad of course.
The best part of camp was spending the week away from home.
The hardest part of camp was keeping our bunk rooms clean.
The best part of getting home was being able to sleep in.
The best part about camp was EVERYTHING!
The hardest part about camp was bunk room inspections.
The best part about getting home was seeing my family and getting a good night sleep in my bed!
The best part about camp was being on the luge with Amy.
The hardest part about camp was having to clean the room every morning.
The best part about getting home was seeing my family ... and getting to use my laptop and phone again

My best part of camp was when we went to the loge. 

My hardest part of camp was trying to control the carts at the loge.

My best part of getting home was see my mum and dad.

One of my favorite activities from camp was going down the luge. And the jellybean factory there.
The Hardest part about camp was getting there because we were on a bus for about 4-6 hours.
as soon as I got home I slept and ate pizza.

the best thing on camp having a nice relaxing swim in the Polynesian spa
the hardest thing on camp was trying to find the green corner in the 3d maze
the first thing I did when I got home was cuddle my dog and family
What I enjoyed about camp was going down the luge.
What I didn't enjoy about camp was the 3D maze.
What the first thing I did when I got home from camp was give my parents a hug.
The best part of camp was when we were on the logflume and got wet
The hardest part was the 3D maze and getting lost
The best part coming back was to my family
Some call it the "Hermit Kingdom." It is a place where the outside world has been walled off. American pop music is illegal here and you can get executed for watching soap operas. This is not a make-believe world in a science fiction novel. It's a 46,000 square mile nation hanging off the east coast of China. It is one of the poorest nations in the world and it is armed with nuclear weapons. It is North Korea.

Immediately to the south lies a nation with one of the world's richest economies. About one-third of all phones and TVs are made here. The people of this nation are among the world's most educated. Unemployment is low, job security is high, and workers in this nation enjoy the highest salaries in Asia. It is South Korea. The people of this nation share origins with their northern neighbor, but they have since grown far apart.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (known to Westerners as North Korea) was founded in 1945 after World War II. Their neighbor at the end of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea or the Republic of Korea, was established at the same time. These two nations have an unusual history. For one thing, they have technically been at war since 1950.

Though they were born at the same time, these two countries had different parents. The United States supported South Korea in its infancy. China and the Soviet Union supported North Korea. The U.S. and the Soviet Union may have ended World War II as allies, but they had different ways of organizing their societies.

The U.S. is a capitalist country. That means that some people are rich and some people are poor. Resources are distributed unevenly. Business are owned by private entities. The Soviet Union claimed to have a communist system. That means that everybody supposedly gets the same. Resources are distributed more evenly. Business are owned in "common" by the government. These two superpower nations raised North and South Korea in their own images.

North Korea and South Korea share a border. Since they are locked in state of perpetual war, it's not a regular boarder with a simple checkpoint. The border they share is known as a "demilitarized zone." A demilitarized zone is supposed to be free from military installations. Yet, the Korean Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily militarized border in the world. Both nations have their biggest guns lined-up on the divide and pointed at the other side. It is literally the opposite of what the phrase "demilitarized zone" implies.
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The two Koreas went to war in 1950. The North attacked and took over much of South Korea. But the United States jumped in and pushed the North Koreans back to the Chinese border. Then China got involved and pushed the Americans and South Koreans back. The nations agreed to a ceasefire. Millions of people were dead and the living returned to their original boundaries. The war never officially ended, though combat has ceased for the most part.

After the war, South Korea was one of the poorest nations in the world. In 1960 the average citizen made $79 a year. The country did not have a lot of natural resources to sell, but they did have many hardworking people. During the 1960s, the country began manufacturing labor-intensive products. Selling these products to people in other nations made South Korea rich. They now have one of the largest and most thriving economies in the world. As of 2012, the average South Korean citizen makes around $32,020 a year.

The economy of North Korea is dramatically different. Since it's birth in the 1940s, North Korea has been one of the most secluded countries in the world. They promote an idea of self-reliance that they call Juche. Under this idea, they do little to no trading with other nations. Up until the 1980s, they received large cash infusions from China and the Soviet Union. But the Soviet Union fell apart in the 80s and became separate capitalist countries, of which Russia is largest. Without the Soviet contributions, North Korea entered a long period offamine that lasted through the 90s. Food was hard to come by and some estimate that millions of people starved to death. Still, the country persisted when much of the world thought that it would fall apart. Not only did they survive, they managed to build a nuclear arsenal during this time.

Some day Korea may be unified again. It seems unlikely now, but stranger things have happened. Yet, even if they did unify, how could these very different societies acclimate to one another? They have grown in different directions. One country is among the wealthiest, the other amongst the poorest. The average North Korean male is estimated to be five-inches shorter than a South Korean (some suspect because of malnutrition). With such big differences, will they ever be able to see eye to eye

1. Which term best describes South Korea based on information from the text?

a. capitalist                                                                  b. communist

c. socialist                                                                   d. totalitarian

2. Based on the author's tone and viewpoint, which person would most likely disagree with the conclusions drawn in this text?

a. An American businessman                                      b. A South Korean businessman

c. A North Korean politician                                      d. A South Korean politician

3. Which statement would the author most likely agree with?

a. The Korean War was a major win for the United States of America.

b. North Korea is poor because they don't trade with many other nations.

c. South Korean people are naturally more gifted than their northern brethren.

d. The South Korean economy grew at an average pace after 1960.

4. Which statement best expresses the main idea of the seventh paragraph?

a. South Korea was a very poor nation in 1960.

b. South Korea makes a lot of money by trading natural resources.

c. South Korea had a remarkable economic turnaround.

d. South Korea produces many electronic products.

5. Which statement best describes the results of the Korean War?

a. The South Koreans gained a lot of ground after winning the war.

b. The North Koreans benefitted tremendously from the war.

c. The Korean War led to the formation of South Korea.

d. Both sides lost many people and got little to show for it.

6. Which best defines the word famine as it is used in the eighth paragraph?

a. A period of time when food is scarce

b. A period of time when it is hard to get laborers

c. A period of time when the government is going through a transition

d. A period of time when a country does not have a leader

7. What is ironic about the Korean Demilitarized Zone?

a. It is not the average border with a simple checkpoint.

b. It is free from military installations and weaponry.

c. It is the most militarized border in the world.

d. The North and South Koreans are technically still at war.

8. Which best describes how the text is structured in the fifth paragraph?

a. Chronological order                                     b. Compare and contrast

c. Sequence                                                                  d. Problem and solution

9. Which best explains why so many North Koreans starved during the 1990s?

a. The North Koreans had just recently lost the Korean War.

b. The North Koreans were abandoned by their allies in the U.S.

c. North Korea became a capitalist country.

d. The Soviet Union stopped supporting North Korea.

10. Which statement would the author most likely disagree with?

a. It is impressive that the North Koreans built nuclear weaponry during a famine.

b. The North Korean economy has made an amazing transformation since the 1960s.

c. North and South Koreans have grown to be different, but they come from the same place.

d. Unification of the two Koreas is unlikely at this time.

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