Crazy About Dugongs!

Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
Trip End Sep 2009

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, April 5, 2009

Yesterday I was finally able to make it through the day without any naps!  I am still going to bed early and waking up early but at least I made it to 9pm last night.  Yesterday was hot and humid.  After getting some breakfast and finishing up some necessary paperwork I decided to walk around a bit.  I ended up spending most of the day in Darling Harbour, which was just darling!  It's a cute little harbor surrounded by lots of restaurants, bars, and attractions, like jet boating, sailing, animal world, the Sydney Aquarium, and an IMAX theater that claims to have the biggest IMAX screen in the world!

Well anyone who knows me knows I can't stay away from an aquarium, and I am so glad I went! I love dugongs!  I thought they were just manatees, but apparently they are slightly different.  They aren't quite as slow moving and lumbering as manatees.  They're actually quite graceful and so much fun to watch!  The dugong tank had two tunnels where you could walk under the water so it was almost like being in the water yourself.  Amazing.   I spent a long time watching the fish and the dugongs.  It was great! Then I went to the IMAX theater which was showing a 3D Under the Sea.  The screen was pretty immense, so it very well could have been the largest in the world!   It showed some pretty neat creatures and I was especially interested in the Great Barrier Reef segment since I will be going there at some point.  

There are Germans EVERYWHERE!  There are a lot of Asians here too, which means lots of Asian food around, but I can't get over how many Germans there are! The difference is the Asians all live here while the Germans are just travelling.  I would not mind NOT hearing German for a little while.  Nothing against the Germans, but I was not expecting it!    

Today I did some more walking around.  I went over to Darling Harbour early in the morning and saw some cool birds.  I was just walking around and all of a sudden I realized that the birds were being very noisy!  So I started looking for the culprit and discovered that it was a bunch of rainbow lorikeets hanging around in the trees.  And they were literally hanging upside down eating berries!  They are so beautiful.  There was a group of them on the ground eating something from the dirt (bugs?) and they let me get very close. I could have touched them!  It was amazing.  Then I also saw a group of not so pretty, but still interesting birds called the australian white ibis. Then I went up to the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.   And I also saw the coat hanger, which is what Sydneysiders call the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I saw several buskers (!) on the quay and even saw a woman stuff herself into a box. And I saw a couple guys playing the didgeridoo.  I want to try it!  They got some pretty amazing sounds to come out of just a long hollow piece of wood.  

I am pretty exhausted from walking so much, but I am trying to stay up later so I will wake up a little later.  Unfortunately, I don't see that happening.
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