Traveling to a new destination is always interesting.
There's so much to take in, unusual sights and sounds, culture and cuisine.
Above see the city on a harbor tour.
My week in Hong Kong wasn't enough and I'm glad I will be back there for a few more days at the end of March.
In addition to two two-well attended talks - on DNA and genetic genealogy, and getting started in family history research - I met many fascinating individuals, saw some of the sights, and enjoyed delicious cuisine.
On a visit to the markets, here were some of the sights:
On the left (above), see a stall featuring dried snacks, and a vegetable stand on the right.
When I return to Hong Kong in about two weeks, I'll present an overview of MyHeritage.com, including the features that make it easy and fun to share family history. I'm also scheduled to speak to high school students - genealogy education has always been high on my priority list.
Melbourne, Australia was my second stop, and the purpose was to speak several times at the second National Australian Conference on Jewish Genealogy. More than 180 people attended the two days of conference sessions and a third day of tours to museums, libraries and archives.
At the conference, I spoke on the "IberianAshkenaz DNA Project" at FamilyTreeDNA.com, where I am the project's co-founder/co-administrator, as well as "Social Media for 21st Century Genealogists," which discussed Facebook, Twitter, blogging and social networking sites (specifically MyHeritage.com). I (far left) also served on the closing "Ask the Experts" panel (below).
Genealogically, it has been a very productive trip as I've made many new friends, reconnected with old friends, met a new branch of my Talalay family for the first time, and spent a day with Indian friends. Archives, libraries and genealogy centers were also on my must-see list (see separate posts on my personal family reunion and archival visits).
On Sunday, I'll be attending the Bendigo Family History Expo in a town called Kangaroo Flat. This event has taken place for 20 years, and the one-day program attracts some 1,000 people. I'm looking forward to this experience. Bendigo is located in Gold Rush country, and is about a two-hour drive from Melbourne.
Next week, I'll be visiting cousins in Sydney, and also hope to see more genealogy friends.