Whales and Dolphins.....
22.10.2007 - 27.10.2007
Not really that taken with Sydney so far. Seems like just another city with the exception of the close proximity of ocean. It's a little souless. Of course, in 4 days, I am not claiming to have gotten to know it well enough to make that judgement but it's just a general feeling. The famous Bondi Beach reminded me of a huge frying pan full of sausages, even LA didn't have that much flesh on display. Everyone is there to be looked at and as such they are all preened and perfect, the houses are like glass lego stuck into the hills costing millions of dollars.
We stayed in Manly, a lovely little place a half hour's boat ride from Sydney's harbour. Victoria and Darren who very kindly put us up have been a breath of fresh air after dorms and hostels. Being able to wake up with no one else in the room is a little luxury I never thought of before I left. They have been fantastic hosts, on our first day, Darren took us out to North Head and we saw 2 humpback whales! They were quite far away, but they were certainly whales!
Because of mix up in dates of our tour, we managed to get the chance to go to the Blue Mountains. A lovely trip but unfortunately, the weather was so bad that we didn't actually see a thing! Literally, the fog was so thick that we could barely see the trees at the side of the road.
Picked up the tour early on Thursday morning. It was like the first day at school all over again. I'm not going to be too derogatory about it because I still have 14 days to go so being positive is important. However, anyone who knows me will understand my feelings at having to learn our "day song" and being made to stand up and introduce myself to the bus. Including telling them all useful details like my favourite colour and weather i'm a "scruncher or a folder" with regards to the use of toilet paper... I keep imagining Hassan being here instead, and it makes me laugh in the worst times! I am also the oldest girl in the group, yet the only one to get asked for identification in the pub last night... How does that work?! I am actually quite irritated at still being on antibiotics for this ear infection because I can't even have a few drinks to ease the stress of it all. However, it is giving me a very nice excuse to do my own thing at night instead of joining in with all the fun activites!!
Of course, there are many plus points to being on the trip. The accommodation is very good and I am getting to see a lot. Including getting to cuddle a koala - can you imagine how excited I was?- and going into the rainforest today which I didn't even know existed. The waterfalls were truly beautiful. Byron Bay was a lovely little town, even saw a pod of 8 dolphins off the most easterly point.
I have extended my trip now to include a few weeks in New Zealand and then a couple of weeks in Singapore so my new return date is the 18th December... At the minute anyway!
Must get on with my knitting now like the grandma that I am!