19.09.2009 - 29.09.2009 15 °C
I've spent a week in Sydney now and it's been amazing. Everything is so different to England. The flight was fine, I was on a really nice plane with lots of TV and films to watch and music to listen to. We flew into Abu Dhabi which looks like a massive dessert, with large Islands of sand off it with a couple of houses on. It was very hot there. I got to Sydney on monday morning and was met at the airport with the other people in my OzIntro group. That afternoon we went to sydney opera house and the royal botanic gardens. We then got a jet boat around Sydney harbour and got very wet! We found woolworths, which seams to be the main supermarket here.
On Tuesday we had a surf lesson. Its very cold here, about 16 degrees, but it is the first week of spring. The sea is saltier than at home too. In the evening we went to the Gaff, a backpackers club/bar.
On Wednesday we woke up early to orange fog. I went back to sleep and when I woke up again it was gone. We then found out it was a sand storm, and the worst they'd had in 40 years. As we were walking round the city centre doing bank stuff, a couple of people were wearing face masks, but there really didnt seam to be anything different. We went to the equarium in the afternoon and saw alot of fish and sharks. We bought microwave meals and cooked them for dinner. Eating out in Sydney is very expensive.
On Thursday we went to Bondi Beach and then walked the coast path to Kavelli beach, where we had a bbq. The views were amazing. We had a game of volleyball and some people went snorkelling, but didnt see much. In the evening we had a talk about working and travelling in OZ.
On Friday we went with OzExplorer to a place near the blue mountains to see some kangaroos. The tour guide told us we were guarenteed to see some and out of all the times he'd been there had only not been kangaroos once. There were, however, no kangaroos We then went onto the blue mountains and walked to see wentworth falls, and then later another walk to see the three sisters, walking down 1000 step and having a dream time story told to us of how the three sisters were formed. To get back to the top we took an old mining train which has been converted into a tourist train. It was almost vertical, with no seatbelts, so I didnt manage to take any photos cos i was trying not to fall!
On saturday me and Micheala decided we would work our way up the east coast next, this is a few hundered dollars cheaper than working our way down, but the weather would be better if we came down. I did some laundery and cooked dinner - pasta with tomatoes and an onion. We went on a pub crawl that evening.
I went to the australia museum on Sunday with Amelia, Dom and Dan. It was the funniest museum I've ever been in. The birds were dropped on their side rather put into life-like positiions. There were stuffed animals in random places, like the kangaroo next to the photocopier. You could see how laid back australians are by the way they just couldnt be bothered! We had a meal up Sydney Tower and had some Kangaroo, but I have a cold so I couldnt really taste it. It was very chewy. The views of Sydney from this revolving restaurant were amazing. Its the tallest building in Sydney.
On monday I walked accross Sydney Harbour Bridge with Dom and Helen. I decided it wasnt worth $200 to climb it, and the views from the pavement were just as good, and I could take photos!
I'm travelling up the east coast for the next couple of months, hopefully getting a job along the way. We leave at 10 tonight on the greyhound buses and our first stop will be coffs harbour.
Hope everythings going well for people back home. I know I havn't gone into much detail here, so ask any questions and i'll answer them as soon as I can.