Apologies for moving the blog over, but the other one would only let me have 40 photos! Which was not going to be enough. I hope this one is ok for everyone.
We've been here over a week now, and the sun has been out for 5 days straight! Yeh!
On Monday, we went to The Entrance for lunch, and watched the pelicans being fed, which happens at 3:30 every day. There was One Wing, who lost a wing in a boat accident ten yr ago or something, and also a cheeky pelican that kept sneaking to the box to steal fish.
Tuesday, we were in Sydney to start sorting out jobs. Glen's going back into his old job so thats pretty much sorted, and I've had some encouraging feedback and a second interview on Wednesday which went well, so all good so far on that front.
Sydney's great - as you can see from the pics, there's plenty of high rise so it reminded me of New York a little. Darling Harbour is beautiful, and we met some friends for a few drinks there in the evening. We also went to a Chinese for duck pancakes Oz style. Glen's been raving about them, but I prefer the English! In Australia you get it served out for you, so they put the garnish on and sauce so no room for personal preference! And the garnish is a whole spring onion stalk with a piece of chilli wrapped around it - weird. The duck is also not dried, but basically a chunk of meat with a lot of skin on it! At least Glen was in his element - but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for a crispy dry duck option in future!
There are plenty of other differences, including the pedestrian crossings that don't beep but make radar/sonar noises at you a bit like a metal detector. Made me jump out of my skin the first time I heard it! It gets faster and slower depending on how safe it is to cross the road! When the green man comes on the ticking gets really excited and goes fast, but slows down when the man is about to go red. I'll just stick to looking out for the green man I think!
Also you have to stand on the left on escalators and walk up on the right (the reverse of the UK), and quiz nights are called "trivia" nights. At supermarkets, you seem to get most of your meat from the deli counter like the 'old' days in the UK - so I'm having to learn how much chicken breasts and bacon weighs...
Today we're off to the Blue mountains, where our 'landlords' (Glen's friends) have a cottage for the weekend. We'll be coming back tomorrow (Saturday) as we are apparently meeting his mate to watch a rugby league game. We're also meeting with a couple of couples on Sunday for lunch, and I'm going to the hen do of one of them at the end of the month so it'll be nice to meet her!
Hope everything is ok with all of you - take care, and I'll update again soon.