Week two of Sydney has been good fun, we've done some more sight seeing and we've had a couple of nights out...oooo and the sunshine came back yipee!
On Friday we went to the Australia Museum which was very interesting, we learnt a lot about the Aboriginal history and culture, it's no wonder they don't like us Brits - we invaded their country, claimed it as ours and filled it with convicts! They also suffered terribly when the Australian government decided to take their children away from them; the children who were of lighter skin colouring were either adopted by white families or sent to schools where they were taught to "think white, act white and speak white", the darker skinned children were sent to work, it was awfully sad reading about it! The government eventually apologised and now they have a National Sorry Day.
So that's your History lesson for today! The museum also had dinosaurs, insects - including spiders (gross, gross, gross!), stuffed birds, lots of pretty minerals (my fave is amethyst), skeletons and loads of information on Australian wildlife and sealife. There's some pretty dangerous creatures out here so I'm going to wrap myself up in bubble wrap and not touch anything!!!! Davie say's I'm a scaredy cat and he's spot on haha!
Sydney are hosting an arty light festival called vivid at the moment so we went and had a nosey on Friday night. We headed to Circular Quay first and made our way to the Sydney Opera House - it was absolutely spectacular! The Opera House looked absolutely amazing lit up in with all sorts of patterns whizzing around it and we just stood there in awe! There were also lots of little bits and bobs around the quay which had 'artistic meanings' but to be honest it was all a bit pretentious and neither of us really 'got' it but they looked pretty all the same.
Saturday we had a nosey around Paddy's Market which is full of sunglasses, wigs and souvenir stalls...the Australian version of Bangkok market! After that we mooched around Darling Harbour in the sunshine then stayed to see the vivid light show on the waterfront. It was pretty cool - there were loads of lit up fountains 'dancing' to music. I'm not sure if we've mentioned before but they love a good water feature here in Sydney! There is a fountain or some kind of water feature around every corner!
Sunday we caught the bus to Bondi Beach baby!!!! Sunday was gloriously sunny so the beach was full of people and there were lots of surfers in the sea...it was great to sit and people watch for a while. We then embarked on the coastal walk which lead us to Coogee beach via lots of other beaches and bays. The views were magnificent all the way so we meandered along taking it all in and taking lots of pictures. At Coogee we had a picnic and a little nap in the sun and then we headed back to Bondi. All in all it was about 12km so we slept well that night!
On Monday we did our laundry....neither of us had any clean pants or socks so it was essential! Then we made ourselves a massive spag bol and crusty bread (the spag bol has lasted us 3 days!) We get excited about our 'one good meal' a week because we are living on such basic food the rest of the week. We are both absolutely hankering after an indian curry though so we may have to find a restaurant next week.
Monday night we headed out to an Irish bar and had a few drinks and had a laugh at the people on the karaoke! We were a bit tipsy and made a pact that we would individually do karaoke at least once during the holiday, god help the people who have to listen to me sing!!!
Tuesday we went to watch the Hangover part 3 at the pictures which was a good giggle. As per usual we ate all our sweets during the adverts and had nothing left for the film, why we never learn I do not know!
On Tuesday night we met up with someone who Davie used to work with, in Liverpool, and he showed us a few bars and gave us lots of advice about living and working in Australia. The hightlight was a bar called The Baxter Inn which was a whiskey bar with a prohibition theme, you literally walk down a dingy alleyway, down some back stairs and enter the bar through what looks like a fire escape...there's no signs for it so Davie and I were both thinking "where the hell is he taking us, is this where our holiday ends?!" But as soon as you walk in you're just wowed! 350 different Whiskeys they sold!
Today we've been to the park and packed up our belongings because we are on the move again. We have an early morning flight to Cairns so from tomorrow we'll have a new town to explore! We have a 3:30am alarm call so it's time to get our heads down and get some rest!
Love Lauren and Davie xxx