Two weeks in Sydney with Yin

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 27, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, February 13, 2010

During my stay in Sydney I made a very good friend called Yin. She is a dirty northerner from Liverpool, however she has been one of the greatest friends I have made during my travels. Judging on her name you can tell that she probably isn’t English, as she was in fact Hong Kongese, but had a heavy scouse accent. Did fancy the pants off of her, but due to her recent break up with her boyfriend i decided not to make any moves. She also turned 23 yesterday, so I was  a little out of my league.
As I had a pal to hang around with in Sydney we hung around with each other a lot. She was also on a major budget, so it was handy because I didn’t want to do anything expensive all the time. She also didn’t drink (because she really couldn’t handle it) so I only managed to get drunk once during my stay in Sydney. 
The most expensive activity I did was visiting the Blue Mountains. Yin and I decided that we had to do it, because its the most beautiful thing to do in all of Sydney. It was also something that i was planning to see, even before getting to Sydney. We joined a tour called ‘Happy coaches’ - which reminded me of a hostel in China near the Tiger Leaping gorge where he could make you ‘happy’. The driver was a proper outback nutter, and full of the crack. He claimed to be half aboriginal, however he looked pretty European to me.
Yin was also into Photography (I know, she was almost perfect) so we’d be snapping away at stuff and we were always swapping cameras to get photo’s of each other. It’s a funny thing, when i look back at my collection of photos i realise that i never take any pictures of myself, however i now have plenty to look back on. 
The beginning of the day was extremely hot, and we were walking through desert like conditions. It was great, I loved it. Nick, our tour guide had to go in front and tap a stick so that it would scare away the snakes. He was also telling us stories about how he and his friend used to catch funnel web spiders (the deadliest spider in the world) for money, until his friend got bit and almost died. Funnel web spiders are common in the blue mountains. Such reassuring stories, I was sure i was going to die.
Later on in the day we went and saw the 3 sisters. Pretty average touristy stuff. What I liked about Nick was the way he took us on these random trails. First he would offer us touristy stuff, and then he would convincingly tell the rest of the group a trail that he knew. Of course we went for the off track trails.
The second trail we did took us down 2500 steps to a steep yet stunning gorge. There were water falls and eucalyptus trees everywhere. We could see a storm cloud coming in, so we went quick down to the bottom. The conditions were perfect for long exposure photos of the water falls. Just as we got to the bottom, the heavens opened. I think it might be safe to say that this is the heaviest rain that I’ve ever seen, and I was caught in there with it. There is a reason why they call them rain forests, and I experienced it. I instantly got wet, it was very much like walking into a shower with your clothes on and your expensive camera equipment on your back (which remained relatively dry thank god). We rushed back to the coach, however Yin and I were loving the rain and stayed in the rain for a bit.
The next stop was the Sydney Olympic village, making in the second Olympic village I have visited so far on my travels. (The other was in Beijing, which was far more impressive). Everybody was still soaking wet at this point, and a little pessimistic to see a stadium that were weren't going to go inside, so we spent a short amount of time checking out the front. Exciting.
Later on that evening I had my first sex shop experience, which was probably about 75% gay, but that was probably because we were drinking very close to the gay district. 
Me and Yin went into one of the sex shops, I had never been into a sex shop before so it was quite exciting. I knew what would be in there, and I wasn’t disappointed. To keep it morally acceptable to myself I pretended to be Yin’s girlfriend and was pointing at objects for a joke as if we were going to buy it. But because we were in the gay district of town, I’d say most in the stuff there was aimed towards that market. Not quite as funny as I thought it would be but hey, it was an experience.
Went to a bar called “The Gaf” which was fairly poor and also showed a wet T-shirt competition. Looking back on it I quite enjoyed it, mainly because i haven’t really been clubbing before in the west (I went to China when I just turned 18) and this was my first real experience and I was with good people. Yin couldn’t drink despite it being her birthday, she said that she couldn’t handle the stuff and to be honest she was right. I think she had one glass and I could tell that she was a different person!
It was a good night out, but the next day it was time to go to Thailand. I left it a little bit too late (around about 5) as my flight left at 7. I got a lift with Gary. Yin came a long with some guy who I can’t remember the name of.. I was happy that Yin came with me. I really connected with her, she was the coolest girl that I’ve met so far and it’s going to take someone really special to beat her. Even on the way to the airport she said that “we think on the same level, we really do” (at this point I just wanted to jump across and kiss her!) but i refrained. There was heavy traffic on the way to the airport and I was starting to get a little worried, but after a short amount of time worrying and Gary’s laid back reassurance that’ll get there I calmed down. We made it there on time, and at this point I realised that how much I liked Australia. I came there thinking that I’d hate it because some Swedish guy (smartest guy I’ve met full of charisma) had bad mouthed it and put me off even before I’d got there, but he was wrong. It was great, and I’d met some great people there too. The only problem is that it’s expensive!
As I said good bye I realised how much I’d miss Yin in particular. But that’s travelling, you meet some great people and you leave some great people.
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