Fine, I’ll blog (Travis)

We’re still here. We haven’t drifted away from floodwaters. We’ve just been having too much fun to spend any time at the computer. We’ve spent the past few days in and around Sydney, and have had no problem keeping busy. A lot has happened, so here it is in fast motion.
Oh, before I begin – it seems our blog is doing something funky. It could just be our computer, or it could be the blog, but the photo captions aren’t showing up like they used to. So if you want to read the photo captions, just hover the mouse over the photo for a second, and the caption will show up.
Ok. On the way to Sydney, we stopped a small town that was famous for its blow hole. Apparently it shoots 200 feet high or so? Pretty cool.
We stayed at a caravan site just south of Sydney. A girl in a van next to us had ducklings. Yes, she lived in a van, with ducklings.
We got to Sydney, and checked into a hostel. I have to give it some credit for being better than my last hostel experience – but still, for $72 a night, a room that doesn’t smell like feet would be nice. But I guess that’s too much to ask. First we checked out the harbor that the TSGB (Training Ship Golden Bear) spent a few fantastic days at during my South Pacific study abroad experience. Here’s where we ate “tigers” nearly every night (at some unreasonable hour). Oh, and a tiger is a meat or veggie pie with mashed potatoes on top, and then a layer of mashed peas with a lake of gravy. Yummm. Behind you can see the masts of some large ship – that’s where we parked when I studied abroad.
Just across the street is Bland Street. True to its name, there’s nothing remarkable on it – unless you count the goofy guy pointing like an idiot.

I chased an ibis.

We took goofy pictures in front of the opera house. We debated seeing a show (there’s some pretty cool acts going on right now,) but decided not to.

Lucky for us, minutes after deciding not to spend an arm and a leg on tickets to a show at the opera house, we found out that Sydney puts on a month of free events during January (I can only imagine it has something to do with Australia Day on the 26th, but that’s just a guess.) So, we planned on going to a FREE concert in the park – more on that in a minute.
We found bats.

We found a dude playing the didgeridoo.

We made a new friend.

We sat in the park for a while, and saw a bunch of tourists taking pictures with this tree. So we had to as well.


Ok, the concert. What sort of music would you think would be free if you were in Australia? If you thought Mexican pop, you’d be right – Los Lobos was the artist of the night. So we bought a 6 pack of our favorite Australian beer, a loaf of French bread, some cheese, and tomatoes, and had a picnic in the park with 10,000 other Aussies – who think the lyrics are “la la la la la bamba”. Aussies are so cute sometimes.


Finally, we stopped by Sam’s place in Bondi Junction (Sam is a relation of Sabrina’s… correct me if I’m wrong Sab, but he’s your brother in law?) If I’d met Sam back in the states, I’d say he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – except that he’s here in Australia, where everybody seems to be the nicest person I’ve ever met. He gave us a walking tour of Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, and several beach towns right by Bondi. Then he let us crash in his own bed, so he and his flatmate could get up early (3am) to catch a Tottenham v. Manchester United match. I said I’d get up to watch it with them, but after walking all day in the sun, I didn’t stir at all when Sam knocked on the door. Our first real bed since early November! Anyway, here’s us with famous Bondi Beach in the background – I could live here. If I had $5 million to buy a house.

Now we’ve left Sydney . We’re a few hundred kilometers north, making our way to the lake that used to be Brisbane. It’s getting wetter. I think I’ll buy a few paddles for the van just in case we get stuck and need to row our way out.

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~ by stormcellar on January 18, 2011.

3 Responses to “Fine, I’ll blog (Travis)”

  1. Wow, you two sure do pack it in. Looks like so much fun!

  2. Hi guys! Glad to hear your trip is going well! When do you get into Brissy? You may want to trade your van in for a boat when you get here…

  3. Hi Nyssa! We should be there in a few days… depends on how selling the car goes (it’s posted on gumtree right now.) I think a plane ticket will do just fine – assuming we can get to the airport 🙂
    -T

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