The flight over to Oz quiet bumpy a bit of the way and Loz thought she was going to die in flight. We didnt die and managed to catch two trains from the airport to where was getting picked up from. We thought we was quiet clever, finding our way north from Sydney to the town where Teresa and Tim live, as we had no idea where we was!.
The huse where we are staying is in the middle of Terrigal and Gosford, which is about an hour and 20 drive from the City (Sydney). It's luxery here, we have hot water and a comfy bed, a huge house with lots of nice food and alcohol. We are spoilt! Teresa, Tim and Sam (thier son, who is 22) are such nice people and have made us feel really welcome and at home!
The day we arrived, we had lost a nights sleep so was tiered and slept nearly all day and night (the night before that Ronald McDonald had given Nadz food poisoning, so no sleep there either! - Had to sit in the corridor of the hostel so I wasnt far away incase I needed to be sick again!Yak!)
Our first full day was an adventure. We decided to go down the beach, Sam gave us directions and said we could get the bus or walk in about 25 mins. We decided to be healthy and walk, 25 mins didnt seem that bad. We set off at 1.50pm and got back at 6.30pm and we was only on the beach for half an hour - we kind of got lost and I think we covered the whole of New South wales on foot! With all the steep hills in every direction, it was a killer! We ended up walking along a main highway with no path and lots of cars bibbing at us. We went into a furniture shop to ask directions and we had been walking in the complete opposite direction to where we needed to be, so had to set off walking back! Luckily, some Aussie guys had seen us walking and turned around to check we was ok as we looked lost! They was going to our beach anyway, so they gave us a lift! We konw the rule never to get into a car with strangers, but here it's completely different, everyone is so friendly and will do anything to help!
While we remember, it was on the news today that a boy had his leg bit off by a shark in Perth and they havn't found the shark yet. It was Western Australia, but there are sharks everywhere - they live here, but luckily dont cause much danger often.
On day two we decided to go down our local shopping centre and although it's not far, caught the bus there after the fiasco the day before. Our shops are great and there is anything you want, including a big entertainment centre. Late afternoon Tim drove us to the beach and was going to teach us to dive under the waves, as aparantly, if you try and go over them, the surf is so powerful, it can corkscrew you into the sand and break your neck! Loz got in upto her toes and I got in, but , not under, thought we was going to die of umonia, the sea was like ice! The sea here is 21 degrees and in Thailand it was 30, so are used to warm sea. It has rained quiet a bit since we have been here too!
On Saturday night, sam took us round to his friends house where we eat pizza and played drinking games ( we had wine and the games was harsh). Later on we went out to Terrigal beer garden then to Key Largo, which is a small club next door. It was a real good laugh and they all took the piss out of our accent and words all night, which was funny! We are now learning to speak with an Australian twang, as you can hear us a mile of in this residential area. ha!
One thing I was expecting of Australian was Fosters beer, but it's not true! They export it all and drink "Pure Blonde", "Blue Tongue" and "Toohey", we are well into it now! A "Schooner" is a pint and a "Middi" is half, but it's usually Schooners all the way for us!
Sunday we went to watch a proper Aussie Soccer match Mariners Vs Sydney, we are now proper Mariners fans and I have learnt not to wear blue to a match as that is the Sydney colour. It was great fun and Tim was acutally on the pitch taking photos (he is a well known sports photographer out here and here shot one of us in the crowd!).
Yesterday, we got a lift into Sydney and back as Tim works there. Our first stop was the Sydney tower. It's the highest point in Sydney and has a 360 degree view. The tower is on top on a big building and the lift to get up to the top of the tower takes about 5 mins, it was so high, but a great view! There were telescopes and we watched a plane coming into land and peope climbing the bridge. it was cool! The ticket also included an Oz treck. This involved a series of virtual theatres, where you sit on revolving chairs with headphones. The next part was the best! We went into a cinema with huge screens on all sides and it took you on a simulator ride around Australia! The chairs moved and it was real good fun! It made you dizzy and felt like you was on a rollercoaster ride through Australia! In the afternoon, we went to the Maritinme National Museum, as it was free, so was something else to see!
A Swiss girl called Fabian is now staying in the house as well, she is on an exchange through Teresas work, so gets up at 5.30am and we dont see her until 7pm. She is a really nice girl and can speak good English. She is 23 and has some interesting stories! She also brought us some swiss chocolates! Thats all we know about Fabian for now!
It's been between 16 egress to 33 drgrees during the day, which feels cold after been in Thailand for a month. Today is nice and hot and we are heading down to Terrigal beach this afternoon!