I'm in Australia and I really like it, but I've definitely decided to go up to SE Asia early. It's great here and I want to come back to explore it in the future, but after Canada and NZ, I really want to experience something different. I've met alot of people that have travelled in SE Asis and they have said such wonderful things about it. I now really feel ready (without sounding corny!) to experience something completely different. Anyway, I've decided to stop of in Singapore for three days before getting up to Vietnam probably around the 21st (ish).
Guess what I did in Sydney.....I watched an opera in Sydney Opera House! For me, it was one of the most memeorable moments of my life and I was just sat there in the opera thinking 'I can't believe that I'm in Sydney opera house watching an opera'! By the way...no I'm not getting sad! It's just that the opera house is one of those things that you see loads on tv and I never imagined that I'd actually be watching an opera in it.
I watched the Tales of Hoffman (3 hrs long) and I have to say that I really enjoyed it, I was actually on the edge of my seat at times! I was worried that I wouldn't understand a word of it, so I was relieved when I heard that they have english surtitiles along the top. However, I found that I got so imersed in the opera that I wasn't looking at the words! I got a premium seat (usually $220) for $50 with my student card and it really was a fabulous seat. I was a little worried about what to wear, but I dug out my long skirt, cleanest t'shirt and off I went. When I sat in my premium seat, I was a little embarrassed about my old beige handbag and my flipflops, but hey, you can't help these things when you're travelling!
At the moment I'm near a town called Town 1770, it's a really small town but lovely. I'm here because I'm going on a trip to Lady Musgrave Island to see the Great Barrier Reef tommorrow. I read that the BBC said it's one of the top things that you should see before you die, so I figured I'd best book myself on a trip! Lady Musgrave Island is one of the Southern most islands on the reef and it's the perfect place to see it. It has a beautiful laggon around it and there are no stingers this far south, so you don't have to wear stinger suits. Apparently it is one of the most unspoilt bits of reef. I'm very excited!
I found all the options for stuff to do in Australia a little overwhelming and they all cost so much! Everytime you go somewhere, there seems to be leaflets and travel agents trying to sell you trips. I'm very short on time so I decided (after loads of stressing), not to do a trip to Fraser Island or the Whitsundays (lots of partyin really). I kinda feel that those trips wouldn't give me a new experience, where as seeing the opera and the Great Barrier Reef would.
I'm over halfway through my trip now and I do miss you all lots and lots, but I'm having a great time.
I hope you are all ok and I hope I'm not boring you too much
PS - mum, I hope you've bought my plants in becasue I've heard it's getting frosty in England