Flying Jayhawks discover “Down Under”

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Don and Kay Brada, Flying Jayhawks "Discover Down Under" |
Members of the KU Alumni Association boarded the elegant Marina last month for a 16-night luxury cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand. Pictured above are Kay, c’61, and Don Brada, c’61, m’65, who are joint Life and Presidents Club members. Don also serves on the Alumni Association’s national board of directors.

The travelers experienced geological wonders, cosmopolitan cities, exotic wildlife and rugged beauty in both countries. The ship sailed from Sydney to Melbourne, where the Dandenong Mountains provide a backdrop to exquisite architecture, to Geelong, where travelers explored the waterfront. After a day of cruising the Tasman Sea, the ship docked in the historic city of Hobart on Tasmania, known as the “Island of Inspiration.”

The ship sailed two more days across the Tasman Sea to cruise the fjords of Milford Sound, a legendary fjord with cascading waterfalls, rainforests and massive peaks.

The passengers also visited Dunedin, home of the world’s rarest penguin; the small fishing town of Akaroa; New Zealand’s political center, Wellington; and Napier, a city rebuilt after a devastating earthquake and fire in 1931.

A day of cruising the South Pacific led the travelers to three final destinations: Tauranga, Bay of Islands and finally, Auckland.

A familiar bird greeted our alumni travelers at their room: a Jayhawk door plaque. “It was a welcome sight at the end of a five-flight walk up, and we always knew which way to turn!” said Kay.

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