Sydney: 01.12.06 – 02.02.07
Hi all, sorry it’s been a while for us to update our journal, you probably won’t believe but we have all been very busy, well everyone apart from Tanq that is! I know some of you may get a bit bored with these journals and skip straight to the photos, but bear with me, there is a lot to write about. Anyway, here goes, hope you enjoy.
We arrived in Sydney on 1st December and were pleased to hear the local radio station announce that it was officially the first day of summer! We had already sorted our accommodation and checked straight into the WakeUp! Hostel. We went down to check out the Opera House while we waited for our room to be cleaned. It is quite a view looking across the Harbour but something that we now take for granted after walking pass it nearly everyday. We then headed back to meet our new roommates. There were two girls, Sonja and Elaine, and an Irish bloke who we couldn’t understand and must have told us his name so many times that he could have kept changing it as when he liked. He was alright though!
The first few weeks consisted of us going to all the beaches, flat hunting, half hearted job hunting and a few nights out here and there (Darling Harbour etc!!!). It was the week before Christmas that Moulder, Ginge and I discovered Bremick Fasteners! There was a notice on the board in WakeUp! that Moulder decided to contact and found out that they wanted him to start work the next day. So I guessed I had nothing to lose and 5 minutes later, I was also starting the following day. Then it was Ginge’s turn and before we knew it we were sharing a few beers and a BBQ with our new colleagues just before breaking up for Christmas!!
Luck seemed to be on our side and it was that week in which our application was accepted for a 3 month lease on an apartment in Darling Harbour (well just behind it but near enough). So it was Christmas Eve and we had decided to go to Side Bar (bar beneath WakeUp!) which was rammed and really good. After a few Jaiga-bombs (Jaigameister and Red Bull), beers and JD and Cokes we had all had enough, plus it was about 4.00am Christmas morning. We got back to our apartment and were all pretty excited so we started blasting out the Christmas songs. It ended with me and Tanq singing a duet to the Band Aid song and H doing a ridiculous dance (think I’m ok to say that) to Rocking around the Christmas tree. All seemed good fun at the time but a bit embarrassing when you watch it back.
And so Christmas day was upon us, H had invited her two friends (Nic and Kirsty) who are also travelling and who she knew from school, for Christmas dinner so Tanq and I sorted the roast and the dinner! We had lunch and headed down to Bondi Beach which was packed and we even saw Santa bombing round on a jet ski. The day ended with a few drinks back at the apartment and a few board games and a fairly early night due to the previous one.
New Years Eve took us to the Domain where we sat and watched the fireworks looking across the harbour at the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. They really do put on a display – the fireworks were absolutely brilliant. It was a good day; we took a picnic and had quite a few beers to pass the time while we waited.
Over the Christmas period we attempted our new sport, surfing, accompanied by the master himself ‘Chris Hawker’. We tried, failed and in Ginger’s case got rescued. We soon realised that 5 lads from Solihull can’t compete with local experts. Needless to say we haven’t tried it again!!
It was then the turn of Blue and Chicken to visit us. I didn’t realise how jet lag can really affect people, but my god, we must have seen Chicken for all of a couple of hours for the two weeks he was out here – either that or he is head over heels for the new love of his life. We had some good times though during the fortnight, including Australia Day. Everywhere was packed so after mooching around for a couple of hours and feeling slightly hung-over we decided that ‘what makes you feel bad makes you feel better’ and headed straight to a bar in Darling Harbour. We watched some more fireworks which seemed even better than New Years. We all thought they had finished until a fighter jet flew right across the Harbour (unfortunately to quick for us to catch a photo). Blue and Chicken, really good to see you lads and really appreciate you coming to visit us. You came, you burnt, you blistered and you left!!
On another note, I’m sure you are pleased to here that we have all now ‘opened our accounts’ on the pulling scene including H who is still in denial about ‘Dan the Man’!! Ginger took out an attractive redhead and Moulder is still chasing the Irish bird ‘Luna’ from Bremicks who has since left the company and is now planning to leave the country!!
Anyway I tried to keep it short as possible, that’s only a few of the highlights. We will try to fill you in on more pretty soon. We are all having a great time but do occasionally miss some of you back at home!! Hope everyone is well and look after each other!!