Hey all how's it going? Just thought i'd give you an update on my antics in Sydney as i've been up to a fair bit! It's been really good here met some quality people an met up with some friends from my Thailand tour as well. I arrived in Sydney after a 12 hour overnight bus which wasn't as bad as i thought it would be as i managed to sleep most of the way -i'm getting pretty good at sleeping in random places! I was still pretty tired the day i got here though so didn't do too much just went for a walk around the Darling Harbour and had a few drinks with Chris who was in the same dorm as me!
I didn't really get too much done during the day, the next day either as i was sorting out all my activities with Ali at the hostel. She was quality an i've got some top trips booked including a five day surf camp, a trip to fraser island with self drive 4 by 4's and i'm also going sailing round the Whitsundays! Later in the evening i'd organised to meet up with Libby, Soph, James and Sophie who were on the Thailand tour an we had a picnic in the botanical gardens which was pretty cool, plus it also mean't that i got my first sighting of the Opera House and Habour Bridge! We also meet a few more people Libby an Soph knew so there was quiet a few of us out! After the picnic Libby, Soph, Ben and I went for a walk across the Harbour Bridge an as it was just getting dark some of the views were pretty spectacular, especially the Opera House. After heading back to the hostel I met up with Chris and his mate Alan and we went for a few drinks down at the sidebar. When we got back to the hostel Alan decided to do a bit of lift surfing - I think he'd had 1 too many lol but it worked a treat as we met loads of new people including the two Katie's, Shaun and Alex who were all pretty sound! Think that might be my new hostel technique now, lift surfing is the way forward!!
The next day I headed to Manley beach with Libby, Soph an Ben. We got the ferry across which was good as we went passed the Harbour bridge and Opera House. That day we just chilled out on the beach which was really nice and the weather was absolutely perfect. That night i was going to meet up with Chris an Alan but they were still recovering so I ended up going drinking with the two Katie's and the other people in their room! Afer knocking back the good old goon we headed down to sidebar to finish the night off!
On the Friday I headed down to Coogee Beach with Chris and Alan. It was pretty overcast so it was very quiet down there but it was still warm and it eventually cleared up so we managed to get a bit of sun. On the night i'd aranged to meet Libby, Sophie, James, Soph, Katie, Fee, Ben, Henry and Julian for an all you can eat buffet at Shark hotel. The food was ok, plus it was all you can eat for $5 so we pretty much starved ourselves all day then hit the buffet big time! We actually saw people filling up lunch boxes with food but they eventually got caught and told to leave - they kept all the food though so they did pretty well!!! We had a few drinks an then went back to there hostel to get on the goon an we started playing ring of fire! It was a good laugh, James was completely smashed after he ended up with the kings cup ha! We then headed down to sidebar again where we meet up with Chris an Alan!
Saturday was the day of the Mardi Gras parade an we had all agreed to wear dresses for it! So in the morning James met me an we headed to Paddys Market to get our outfits! It was really funny walking round the market trying on dresses' as you can imagine we got a few funny looks! It took us over an hour to find one's that actually fit - if any1's interested i'm a size 14 lol! Me an James then went for a quick pint with our new purchases before heading to their hostel to get dolled up! I had a pretty sleek blue number :) Soph also painted our face's aswell, she did a quality job as you can see in the pics. So we start walking down to the parade getting one or two dodgy looks on the way, but we thought loads of people would be in dresses' etc when we got there - we were wrong lol we were the only blokes wearing dresses!! The Japenesse tourists loved it though, actually most people did the amount of photos people wanted - we'd of been loaded if we charged! We watched the parade which was pretty good, we couldn't see all of it though as it was pretty busy but what we did see was good! Unfortunately we all got separated at the parade so a few of the group went home but me, james, soph, fee an katie headed to shark hotel for their happy hour! It was hillarious when we got in there, everyone was dressed up really smart an there's me and James bowling in in dresses'! You think we'd be conservative, maybe slightly embarrassed - no chance, we got a beer an hit the empty dancefloor and after about 10 minutes we'd filled it lol everyone got up an joined us it was quality! We left shark hotel an headed to sidebar, but got sidetracked on the way! There was a band playing on the street, so me an James started dancing for them lol! They were a pretty decent band as well! Fee an Katie then left us so me James an Sophie continued on to sidebar! The bouncers were pretty awkward as always an said we had to wait for 20 mins because we'd had too much to drink - suprisingly we wern't even that drunk, well i didn't think we were :s James got fed up as he had the same the night before so he headed home! I then txt Chris cause he was in there as it was their last night, he come out an the bouncer let me in after straight after that. I also met the two Katies in there with there room mates. So i'm sidebar, wearing a dress while everyone else is in there best clobber ... do you think i let that bother me - not a chance haha after a few games of pool it was on to the dancefloor! I ended up talking to some Finnish girls and went back to there place in Bondi for a few more drinks. Now i hadn't really thought this plan through had I .... I woke up the next morning stuck in the middle of Bondi an had to get back to my hostel in this dress as i didn't have any other clothes to put on - As you can probably imagine i got a fair few funny looks on the way back - but i was just laughing it off!
The next day was a bit of a recovery day, i headed to Paddys Market again to have another look round - no not for more dresses before you get the wrong idea!! Sophie an Libby were heading off that nght so i saw them off an then headed back for an early night as i was getting up at 3 in the morning!
Why was i getting up at 3am??? I went to the Sydney Opera House to do a naked photoshoot by Spencer Tunick with 5000+ other people! I meet up with James, Sophie, Edward, Julian, Ben, Fee an Katy! There was a lot of waiting round to start with but eventually we got the nod to get our kit off and to be fair without hesitation off it came lol the only problem was it was absolutely freezing! We got positioned on the Opera House an Spencer started getting us into all sorts of positions to take photos! It was certainly a once in a lifetime experience and something i'll never forget! We must of been on the Opera House Steps for about 2 hours and we had tickets to go inside to do a shoot inside the Opera House, but by that time we were all pretty cold and hungry so decided to get some food and head off - we'd done our part!!
Right thats it for now, the weather at the moment is shocking, it's pouring down so can't really do much! Planning to visit Bondi Beach tomorow then i'm off on a five day surf camp so i hope the weather is better for that! I hope everyone is well and i will speak to you all soon - take care!!