Sunday 11th March
Journal entry brought to you by Tami (in Sydney – madness!)
Hey everyone, feels like it has been a while since I have graced you with my virtual presence, as Sophie has been so dutifully completing diary entries for the past few days. Well Sunday was our first proper day in Australia, so what did we do? Go to the beach of course!
We began our day by getting up at round about 11ish….getting up here is so difficult, particularly when your roommates are so very cool and you’re having such a mad and great conversations from your beds. We finally got up and myself, Sophie, Paul, Richard and the Katies caught the train from King’s Cross station, which was an experience in itself as the trains are virtually three deckered here! Pretty cool, we went on the top deck on the way there, although Richard protested that going on the bottom was better because you saw the world as you did when you were four years old as the platform was above eye height when sitting down – very cool. We got to the other train station and boarded the Bendy Bus (it’s actually called that) to go to Bondi Beach. When we got there we went to Maccy Ds and a fish and chip shop so that various people could get lunch, then we headed to the sand. The beach was lushous, really pretty and although it was really busy we managed to get a nice big bit of sand. I think this may have been deserted sand due to the demonic seagull that kept lurking around squarking at us. Ooh something I have just remembered that I’m not sure any of you other than my mum will be interested in, but the birds over here make the ODDEST sounds, seriously nothing like real birds, some sound like dogs, some sound like babies crying, and others sound scarily like my ex cat used to when she was getting travel sick, it’s so weird to listen to. Anyway this seagull eventually freaked me out so much that I decided to go into the sea with Sophie and Paul for a bit. It was SO fun!!! The waves were so huge, much bigger than those in South Africa, including the one that stole Sophie’s glasses. Sophie was rubbish and got out after about 20 minutes but Paul and I stayed in for 2 hours, jumping waves and seriously perfecting the Dolphin-reverse-splatter-body-boarding game that we co-created. SO much fun! Involves a lot of water up the nose and in the eyes and is unprecedented in the groovy games to play in the sea catalogue that I am building up after being on a beach with Keith for a prolonged period of time.
Anyhoo after getting sand in every crevice of the body and generally having a fantastic time, Sophie and I went for a run along the beach (kind of becoming a tradition) and then went in search of a toilet. We then rejoined the sunbathing Katies and Richard and I felt this pain in my leg. Looking down, I had a massive red patch on my leg – I’d only gone and managed to get stung by a jellyfish. Hurt a bit at first then was okay. We then began the mission back to the hostel to cook dinner, which for me and Sophie meant cous cous in tomato sauce with mixed beans. We then played cards with our roommates, swapping card games. They taught us golf (so much fun) and we taught them cricket, then Richard offered Assassin so we went back to our room to play that as it was getting to the time that we needed to be quiet. I tell you what – Assassin is the MOST fun game ever!!! Basically I wont bore you with the ins and outs but no matter who dealt the cards I kept getting the same one over and over again, meaning that I had to fulfil the role of a peasant each round. After about twenty rounds I was getting really bored of this (sorry this may seem irrelevant but when I’ve written tomorrow’s entry you will understand the connection.) Anyway we stayed up to the early hours playing random card games and generally having such a laugh it was unreal. At about midnight we were joined by about 4 people from another dorm as well (who had blatantly heard that we were the room to be in hehe) and decided to join us. Generally a wonderful, fabulous, hilarious day, and a brilliant introduction to our time in Sydney.