|(Our friend Kate joined us on this one. From the left it goes Kate, Justine, Myself, Kevin, Cole, Logan, and Devyn)|
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Well… It was cool. Naw, it was actually better than cool (just not as good as Melbourne though ; ) ) It was good to see the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. The Harbor Bridge was a beautifully done and the Opera house was very neat to see even though it’s actually egg-shell colored, not white! You can tell it was built in the 70’s or 80’s.
We walked from Coogee to Bondi Beach during an art festival. Every turn we took a new modern piece of artwork was staring us in the eye. My favorite was of a guy in a wet suit with a grocery bag over his head. There were a couple empty bottles and some flowers behind him. When some the guys hanging out behind it would say.. ok now. The statue (really a guy dressed up) would jump out and yell. It scared so many people, and was great entertainment! Boys will always be boys and every opportunity they get to fool someone, they will take advantage of it! Bondi was cool, but very very crowded.
We were finally able to eat some Mexican food! We were only there for three nights and had burritos twice! Since we’ve been in Australia it’s been a struggle to even find salsa in the grocery store. Sydney was booming with burrito joints so of course we had to get our fix. Other than that, we had the classic fish and chips, Thai food, and a lot of gelato! Gelato is very popular in Sydney!
We stayed with a friend of Cole’s. He grew up in Huntington Beach where he did junior life guards. This is where Devyn comes into play. They were both junior life guards together and have been friends ever since. She is now studying abroad in Sydney. Devyn and her friend from Colorado, Justine, showed us the city. They were both very nice and generous. So all in all, there was Cole, Kevin, Logan, Devyn, Justine, and myself. That is 3 guys and 3 guys which is the perfect number from Friends. We fit each character with each person. I can’t decide whether I’m happy or bummed about it, but I was immediately dubbed as Phoebe.
Our home is Melbourne and we have now visited Brisbane and Sydney. Melbourne is all the hipsters, Brisbane is once again, the 90’s grunge rock, and Sydney is the fancy schmancy center of Australia. Everyone is dressed really nice and walks around with a stick up their ass. OK, it’s not THAT bad, but they aren’t as friendly as the other two cities. Let’s just say, Sydney was awesome to visit, but I’m glad I live in Melbourne. If it were between Brisbane and Sydney, I’d still probably choose Melbourne. Haha but really I think Brisy is better than Sydney too. I must take it into consideration that I never got to explore the Blue Mountains, which I heard were beautiful, but the city itself just didn’t amuse me. All you can say is, different stokes for different folks!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Fly out on Day 8 (Sunday)
Home sweet home. No matter where you go or how long you’re gone for, it’s always good to come back home. I’m very happy I live in Melbourne over the other cities. Sydney was a big city with a big city feeling. Melbourne is a small town feel in a big city. The only thing that’s a bummer is that no one hitchhikes! In Queensland, there were hitchhikers left and right and we even gave a backpacker a short ride to the next intersection. After we landed, we tried to hitchhike back, but it was a complete fail that ended in us having to pay the driver… blah! He was kind of an asshole and didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. Though, the important thing was, we made it home!
The first night sleeping in my own bed instead of in a camper with Cole’s feet next to my head was AMAZING! Now, it’s back to normal life.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Day 7 (Saturday)
GOOD MORNING!! Our last gorgeous day on the trip! We causally got up, had breakfast and took the hippie camper 20 km south to get our daily dose of surfing. This was our last day with the boards because we were selling them to a surfer we met yesterday. The beach was at low tide and was covered with washed up jellyfish. Oh geez, that made me a little nervous, especially because every once in awhile the jelly wouldn’t be the plain, clear one but bright blue! The blue bottles aren’t poisonous but hurt like a bitch… or so I’ve been told. Everyone was in their wetty so I asked a local if they were swimming with the wetsuit for the temperature or to protect again the jellies. Thank goodness it was just for temperature so we were good to go out! Anddd, it wasn’t even that cold! We surfed for a few hours and headed in for lunch.
After lunch we drove back to Byron, shopped a little, and waited for the guy to buy our boards. I bought a present for Marilyn, some postcards, and Cole got some cheesy souvioeners including a bright red Hawaiian shirt! He loved it so much that he ended up keeping it himself and will forever look like a tourist! The buyer called and we got our 3 hundo in cash. The guy who bought them was a good bloke and a great surfer. We sold them for exactly what we bought them for! This surfboard deal worked out great. We bought them from a guy who didn’t surf, we made use of them all week, sold them to a good owner who will take them out, and broke even with the cash.
That night we repeated our routine of dinner and a show. We had some downtime in the camper until about nine o’clock when we decided we should head back to the big city of Brisbane. We drove our last drive through the night. In Brisy, we found the location of the rental shop and camped a block away in a neighborhood. It was sad to see our trip over, but it was also good to be going home.