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I had to take 3 days off from my studies as it was my wife’s B’day & had to keep my family happy . My mother in-law also with us (assisting to look after  5 months old baby). I am taking time off from baby sitting thanks to her. So it’s time to give something back to them.

It is important to keep your family life balance while you  are pursuing your CCIE studies (specially with kids). Sometime scarification from your family members are much higher than you thought. Unless they are fully support to your studies it won’t easy to concentrate & study. Since I did my R&S, my wife know how painful it was for her,living without my support. But I hope she understand it now & that’s why she gave (reluctantly) me the Green Light for my 2nd CCIE. Since I arranged her mother to be here with us since my little one’s birth (at least for 6-9 months) she did not completely unhappy about my move towards wireless CCIE . Those are the planning activities you have to do well before to suit to your condition. (these are the things looks like not CCIE study related, but believe me it is)

So we decided to head off to see some natural beauty in Grampians(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grampians_National_Park) here in Victoria-AU & spent two days.

Kangaroos were there to welcome you anywhere you go.

Mackenzie Falls is one of the top attraction around the area. Timing of the trip also is important as you cannot see water like below throughout the year.

On your way (if you are going from Melbourne) you can enjoy lots of picturesque view.Below is one I captured on my way.

Stayed one night at a place called Grampians Pioneer Cottages (http://www.grampianspioneercottages.com.au/) where you would get relaxation on its max if you like nature lover like me. (last 3 years I have been there once in each year & enjoyed the every moment). This was one of the captures we took while we were there.

Plan your CCIE studies well in advance & include these sorts of breaks while you are going your journey.

Keep refresh through out your journey…. take minimum stress…. these thing help you to release your stress…