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Archive for October, 2009

ACEM Interview

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on October 8, 2009

On Tuesday Fergus has his interview with the Australia College of Emergency Medicine. It was “uneventful” as he likes to say. No trick questions and they mostly wanted to know what he did at his various hospitals (as if ED’s are that different).  He arranged to visit one of the interviewer’s hospital the next day. They said it could be “as soon” as November for the committee to meet and a decision to us by December. So it looks like we won’t be coming back until after the first of the new year.

It is probably wise that we are taking the kids back to Kansas since it could be as much as six months more before we can get back here. We have been having a nice visit with Helen and Eric. Today they headed off to the Great Barrier Reef for a vacation which was already planned before we knew we were coming. Tonight we will go to Jenny and Gary’s and then Fergus flies back tomorrow. I will be staying for another week. I will pack the kids up and ship them off next week and Fergus will pick them up in Kansas City. I tell you it’s more complicated than flying with children – but probably more relaxing for us than for human parents.


While we’ve been here we were able to visit Bill and Sue and their four ‘dales at Wombat Bend. I even got to see my buddie wombat in this burrow. The billabong is full to the brim with all the rain they have been getting and you can barely notice where all the burned vegetation had been for all the green grass and new branches. A much calmer surrounding compared to our last visit.

We’ve had a relaxing visit this time without the stress of leaving the kids and adjusting to returning to the states. I will try to write more in a couple of days.

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Quick Note from Downunder

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on October 2, 2009

We arrived safely on Wednesday morning but feeling a bit out of sorts after 26 + hours of traveling. Eric and Helen picked us up at the airport and had us back to their place in no time where the kids were there waiting for us. It was a wonderful reunion – they hadn’t forgotten who we were.

Yesterday we hung around their house, took a walk with the kids, took a drive to one of the wonderful local wineries and just relaxed. We have few plans other than visiting Bill and Sue in Dixon’s Creek, Jenny and Gary towards the end of next week and Fergus’ interview on Tuesday. We want to do a little sightseeing of some places in Victoria that we didn’t get around when we were here before.

We saw an echidna in the wild yesterday when we were driving around. I will post his picture in another entry.

The weather has been good, a bit colder than Kansas and today it is a little misty but we are well and happy to be back. I have limited access to a computer and the internet so I will try to keep you posted if we have any exciting news.

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