Here's to the second part of the week!
Ok today is SUNDAY! We were slightly stuck with ideas for what to do today, so we had a chat with the cleaning lady. I'd like to take a moment here and say what a legend this cleaning lady is. She cleans the entire hostel herself as well as doing all the plates and such like that others havn't bothered to clear up. We also put some laundry in and said we'd come back for it later and when we returned, it was all dryed and folded and ready on our beds. She is awesome. Ok, anyway. Her suggestion was that we took a hike to the rocks and went and viewed the markets and drank beer. So we did! The market itself was really nice and full of lots of typical Aussie tourist merchandise at big prices. Needless to say we didn't actually buy anything but it was nice to look around! we then went and had a drink in the oldest pub in Sydney which was pretty cool, just like being in the White Heart at home - full of old men, folk bands and cheep beer! What more could you want on a Sunday eh?! Had a wonder around the rest of The Rocks. Is a nice area and has great biews of the Opera house and then we headed back.
MONDAY: Mark arrived in Sydney today! Went and collected him from Central Station and then we all headed off to Bondi Beach. The bus journey there was nice and also very entertaining. Honeatly, you can't believe how many people and surf boards you can get on one bus with a bit off jiggling round and a few open windows. Amazing.... Beach looked really nice and the area was lovely and calm, felt good to get out of the crazy city! As we got on the beach and fond our spot, I realised I had forgotton my towel. Yay! To be honest I'm impressed that it's the first time I've done. the boys were very generous however and shared theres, though it was a little like being sardines. Hmm... Beach was full of chinese tourists going up to random people and shaking their hands while taking their picture. Very amusing as was the operatic chinese gradmother. Loved that beach....
TUESDAY: Ok this was definately the highlight of the trip so far. Bus was delayed but that was fine as we got there late anyway. Headed off to our last pick up, where we greeted with two 60+ Kansas city ladies. OMG, you have never met anybody so um.. unworldly as them in your life. Here is a small sample of their questions:
"WHAT'S A UNION JACK?"
"SO DOES THE SUN RISE IN THE NORTH HERE THEN?"
"WHATS A DODO?"
"DO YOU GET KANGAROOS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY?"
Ok I don't need to go on, you get the point. moving on though, the blue mountains are beautiful. They don't look big because the are plateaus (see I did learn something!) but they are still amazing to see, and they really are blue! apparently the blue haze is caused by the Eucalytus tree's so there you go. saw some pretty waterfalls, the three sisters and also wnet on the steepest train in the world. At an angle of 55 degrees is was bloody scary. I don't think there was a single clean pair of pant's anywhere when we got off. It's so steep the the chairs you sit are horizontal when you get in, and then gonig up the mountain your leaning forward. brilliant, but pant wetting scary. We also walked down to the train and this took 1000 steps, cue serious vertigo! when we got back we decided to treat ourselves to a curry as we had done so much walking - well done us! A few beers abd then an early night for us, we had to catch a bus at 7am the next day, we were of to Port Maquarie yayayayayay!
I promise will be up in about a week :D Missin geveryone xxx