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The Cricket World Cup Final

We had an amazing run but my dreams of New Zealand winning the Cricket World Cup were ultimately dashed by a dominant Australian team in the final last night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I was bummed with the result (really bummed) but even in defeat the team were a class act, they are great role models and sitting with so many other NZ supporters I felt proud to be a Kiwi!

I climbed to the top of one of the stands after the lights came on to get a nice wide angle photo of the MCG but came to the conclusion that it looked best about two-thirds of the way up where you could see both the roof and the lights. I probably should have brought my 12mm lens with me but the corners are so much sharper with the Sony full frame 16mm that I rarely use the wider one anymore.

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Inside the MCG Cauldron

Here’s a wide angle shot from the MCG last night in Melbourne on the first day of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. There was a great atmosphere with a crowd of over 80000 in attendance and I managed to squeeze most of them in at 12mm. There’s some crazy distortion with a wide angle shot like this so I wasn’t exactly THIS far from the action! Australia beat England of course, again, but I’m cheering for NZ so wasn’t too worried about the result, just happy to be hanging out with my big sis who was in town from Sydney.

Inside the MCG Cauldron

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The MCG at Night

Melbourne is sports crazy, like seriously sports crazy! You can see half a dozen stadiums, parks and arenas in this shot alone, including the mighty MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). You can also see where they hold the Australian Tennis Open, one of my favourite events here in Melbourne!


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US Open Tennis Men’s Final

Tonight I was lucky enough to watch the US Open men’s tennis final at Arthur Ashe Stadium here in New York. Kudos to Andy Murray for finally getting over the hump and winning his first grand slam title against an always tough to beat Novak Djokovic. It was an amazing match that started early in the afternoon and continued through to the early evening. The fact that it went so long gave me a chance to climb to the top of the stadium and get this photo with the New York skyline in the background as the sun went down, just an incredible experience standing up there. After weather delays earlier in the tournament the final was put back to September 10, the day I was due to leave. Fortunately for me I was able to reschedule my flight and enjoy a day to remember at Flushing Meadows.


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Enjoying Barcelona

Outside of Gaudi’s architectural marvels I didn’t take that many photos in Barcelona, that’s either because it isn’t very interesting or more likely because I was too busy enjoying what the city has to offer. I loved Casa Batllo, Sagada Familia, Camp Nou and Palau de la Musica Catalana but there was so much more to Barcelona with it’s unique culture, fantastic restaurants, lively bars and random festivals (see fire jumping iPhone pic). I really enjoyed Barcelona and could definitely see myself coming back for an encore performance some day.

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Camp Nou

As a football fan I couldn’t come to Barcelona and not go to Camp Nou, home of the disgustingly good Barcelona football team (I’m a tortured Liverpool supporter by the way). They have an amazing set up and it’s not hard to get caught up in the history of the club, especially as they’ve been so dominant recently with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and the boys running wild in the Champions League and Spanish La Liga. There were plenty of interactive screens and memorabilia on display but I think I enjoyed walking down the players tunnel the most, they recreate the sound effects of a packed stadium which is a nice touch. I also paid too much money to have a photo holding a replica Champions League trophy….day light robbery but it had to be done! I’d love to come back to watch an actual match but doing the whole tour thing was a pretty good substitute.


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Enrolling at the University of Texas in Austin

Okay so we didn’t enroll at the University of Texas but we were definitely tempted. Austin seems like a great city and the Longhorns could probably do with a few kiwis on the roster. They play on campus at the Texas Memorial Stadium, which apparently holds over 100000 people!

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