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#1
The Berkshires Of MA
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Hello again. Just a quick question for the locals. My daughter is traveling to Sydney in July. For a few days she will stay with a host family. What can she bring from the states as a small token of thanks, that they would enjoy? Thanks ahead!
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Anythng from your hometown would be appreciated, but as long as it's NOT food, or customs will confiscate it.
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Stanthorpe, Queensland
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A gigantic box of See's Candy
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The Berkshires Of MA
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Keep the idea's coming. I have never heard of See's candy. I did a Google and found it...Really?? Good candy that you can't get there? I thought no food?
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Stanthorpe, Queensland
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Originally posted by janetz
Keep the idea's coming. I have never heard of See's candy. I did a Google and found it...Really?? Good candy that you can't get there? I thought no food?
We do get good candy here but I'm just a big fan of See's since I first tasted it in 1979 in San Francisco. I always bring them back to Australia and just declare it on the Customs form. It is never a problem. Actually I always do a lot of shopping for various spice mixes and stuff like that that you cant get here. I'm a card carrying member of Ralphs frequent shoppers

And Costco as well

Seriously though, I'm sure something representative of your local area or State would be greatly appreciated.

Maurice
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The Berkshires Of MA
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Originally posted by kenexx
We do get good candy here but I'm just a big fan of See's since I first tasted it in 1979 in San Francisco. I always bring them back to Australia and just declare it on the Customs form. It is never a problem. Actually I always do a lot of shopping for various spice mixes and stuff like that that you cant get here. I'm a card carrying member of Ralphs frequent shoppers

And Costco as well

Seriously though, I'm sure something representative of your local area or State would be greatly appreciated.

Maurice

Thank you! We may just have to try See's over here on the East coast.
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I live in Sydney, Australia
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What about a bottle or two of your local wines or liqueurs. Of course, you would need to pack it very carefully. You can bring food, you just have to be really careful. Check this site first

As Kennex mentioned - candy or chocolates and biscuits (cookies) are probably OK, just make sure you declare it. This page might be helpful as well.

Or a coffee table book about your local area and its history. When my daughter was in high school she did an exchange and the German girl brought us a lovely book on the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) where she came form and some local schnapps (which was not so lovely). Still it was just nice to receive a gift.
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#8
Ennis Texas
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Originally posted by janetz
Hello again. Just a quick question for the locals. My daughter is traveling to Sydney in July. For a few days she will stay with a host family. What can she bring from the states as a small token of thanks, that they would enjoy? Thanks ahead!
How about tiny Statues of Liberty? I know you do not live in NY, but the Lady is still representative of all things USA

You could probably order them from somewhere online.
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Originally posted by kenexx
. I always bring them back to Australia and just declare it on the Customs form. It is never a problem.
Maurice
See, I think it is a prob, because you have to go thru the dreaded "red zone", instead of the "green zone", and then they will more likely go through everything...I know they can still go through your stuff in the green line, but in all our travels(lots) they never have...
only the time I declared a box of turkish delight!!..never again.
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CRUISES DONE..

STAR GEMINI .... MARCH '97- ASIA
OLYMPIC COUNTESS ...SEPT '98 - GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY
STAR GEMINI ..SEPT '99 -ASIA
STAR GEMINI ..FEB '00 ..-ASIA
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS ...SEPT '04 - ALASKA
NCL JEWEL ..SEPT '05 CANADA / NEW ENGLAND
RCI VISION OF THE SEAS ..SEPT 06 ALASKA
NCL PEARL ...APRIL 07 STH CARIBBEAN.
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS...MARCH 08 AUSTRALIA to NZ
HAL VOLENDAM...MAY 09 JAPAN, EASTERN RUSSIA, ALASKA
CELEBRITY INFINITY...NOV 09 PANAMA CANAL WESTBOUND
NCL JADE..MAR 2010 SPAIN,ITALY,GREECE,TURKEY,EGYPT, MALTA
NCL JADE..APR 2010,SPAIN,CASABLANCA,AQADIR,CANARY IS, FUNCHAL ,GRANADA
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM..MAY 2011...ALASKA
SUN PRINCESS....NOV 2011 AUSTRALIA to NZ
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM...APR 2013 HK,TAIWAN,KOREA,JAPAN,CHINA
RCCL QUANTUM of the seas..MAY/JUNE 2015 DUBAI OMAN INDIA MALAYSIA SINGAPORE
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE..FEB 2016...NZ TO PERTH, AUS

TO CRUISE YET...
NCL JADE ..JULY 2017...HAMBURG..NORWAY..ICELAND ..SCOTLAND
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION... 7 APRIL 2018..INDIA & SRI LANKA..TO DUBAI
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The Berkshires Of MA
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Thank you everyone. You are so kind. We do get to NY from time to time (3 hours away) and we do have beautiful picture books of our area as we are in the mountains. (Don't do "RED" zones)
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#11
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Originally posted by janetz
I thought no food?
Commercially produced cooked food which is still in its originally packaging is very often OK - so there is little risk that a box of See's Candy will be prohibited.

But - and this is important - it must be declared to Customs so that they can make the decision. Even if the food is permitted, you will be in serious trouble if you do not declare it so that they can see it.
Originally posted by jannandjohn
See, I think it is a prob, because you have to go thru the dreaded "red zone", instead of the "green zone", and then they will more likely go through everything.
The red zone/green zone system has been abolished, because too many people were deliberately pretending to declare something in order to go through the red zone - and doing so because the red zone was usually much faster.

My own experience was consistent with that - whenever I have had something to declare (usually gifts of food), it took me much less time to get out of the red zone. The only time that I actually got held up there was when I had a pair shoes covered in Kiwi sand that they took away to clean.
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#12
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Originally posted by Globaliser
.The red zone/green zone system has been abolished, because too many people were deliberately pretending to declare something in order to go through the red zone - and doing so because the red zone was usually much faster.
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Globaliser, which Aussie International airport are you talking about??
They still do it in Brisbane, and I 'm almost positive it was still there last year in Sydney..
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CRUISES DONE..

STAR GEMINI .... MARCH '97- ASIA
OLYMPIC COUNTESS ...SEPT '98 - GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY
STAR GEMINI ..SEPT '99 -ASIA
STAR GEMINI ..FEB '00 ..-ASIA
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS ...SEPT '04 - ALASKA
NCL JEWEL ..SEPT '05 CANADA / NEW ENGLAND
RCI VISION OF THE SEAS ..SEPT 06 ALASKA
NCL PEARL ...APRIL 07 STH CARIBBEAN.
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS...MARCH 08 AUSTRALIA to NZ
HAL VOLENDAM...MAY 09 JAPAN, EASTERN RUSSIA, ALASKA
CELEBRITY INFINITY...NOV 09 PANAMA CANAL WESTBOUND
NCL JADE..MAR 2010 SPAIN,ITALY,GREECE,TURKEY,EGYPT, MALTA
NCL JADE..APR 2010,SPAIN,CASABLANCA,AQADIR,CANARY IS, FUNCHAL ,GRANADA
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM..MAY 2011...ALASKA
SUN PRINCESS....NOV 2011 AUSTRALIA to NZ
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM...APR 2013 HK,TAIWAN,KOREA,JAPAN,CHINA
RCCL QUANTUM of the seas..MAY/JUNE 2015 DUBAI OMAN INDIA MALAYSIA SINGAPORE
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE..FEB 2016...NZ TO PERTH, AUS

TO CRUISE YET...
NCL JADE ..JULY 2017...HAMBURG..NORWAY..ICELAND ..SCOTLAND
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION... 7 APRIL 2018..INDIA & SRI LANKA..TO DUBAI
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION...22 APRIL 2018..ARABIAN SEA & SUEZ CANAL..ROME
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London
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Originally posted by jannandjohn
Globaliser, which Aussie International airport are you talking about??
Sydney: I can only speak about the oneworld side, because I haven't flown in to the other side of the international terminal for many years. But everyone has to go through the same gate now. If you're declaring something, you then get sent to talk to a customs officer rather than just going to get your bag X-rayed.
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#14
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Originally posted by Globaliser
Sydney: I can only speak about the oneworld side, because I haven't flown in to the other side of the international terminal for many years. But everyone has to go through the same gate now. If you're declaring something, you then get sent to talk to a customs officer rather than just going to get your bag X-rayed.
they XRAY everrryyythingggg in Brisbane!..in and out.
And everytime we go thru Sydney..the same.
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CRUISES DONE..

STAR GEMINI .... MARCH '97- ASIA
OLYMPIC COUNTESS ...SEPT '98 - GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY
STAR GEMINI ..SEPT '99 -ASIA
STAR GEMINI ..FEB '00 ..-ASIA
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS ...SEPT '04 - ALASKA
NCL JEWEL ..SEPT '05 CANADA / NEW ENGLAND
RCI VISION OF THE SEAS ..SEPT 06 ALASKA
NCL PEARL ...APRIL 07 STH CARIBBEAN.
SAPPHIRE PRINCESS...MARCH 08 AUSTRALIA to NZ
HAL VOLENDAM...MAY 09 JAPAN, EASTERN RUSSIA, ALASKA
CELEBRITY INFINITY...NOV 09 PANAMA CANAL WESTBOUND
NCL JADE..MAR 2010 SPAIN,ITALY,GREECE,TURKEY,EGYPT, MALTA
NCL JADE..APR 2010,SPAIN,CASABLANCA,AQADIR,CANARY IS, FUNCHAL ,GRANADA
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM..MAY 2011...ALASKA
SUN PRINCESS....NOV 2011 AUSTRALIA to NZ
CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM...APR 2013 HK,TAIWAN,KOREA,JAPAN,CHINA
RCCL QUANTUM of the seas..MAY/JUNE 2015 DUBAI OMAN INDIA MALAYSIA SINGAPORE
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE..FEB 2016...NZ TO PERTH, AUS

TO CRUISE YET...
NCL JADE ..JULY 2017...HAMBURG..NORWAY..ICELAND ..SCOTLAND
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION... 7 APRIL 2018..INDIA & SRI LANKA..TO DUBAI
CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION...22 APRIL 2018..ARABIAN SEA & SUEZ CANAL..ROME
#16
I live in Sydney, Australia
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Originally posted by helloworldbea
Maybe something that your area is known for... or maybe some local art? hmm but me personally, any food or drink tastes good will be a winner!
Yep, exactly - something that the host family may not have had access to before; and of course it depends on your budget.

I think I once took Jason placemats (which I thought were quite tacky)that had paintings of Australian bushland and scenery, my hosts loved them. So who knows?
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