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Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the month of January I felt I should update my blog with some interesting things i have done so far.

I visited the wildlife centre, located inside at darling harbour. Yes inside! Most of the exhibits where spiders, snakes, bugs and all sorts of Ozzie creepy crawlies. Very educating. I now know what the most venomous snake looks like,  the Inland Taipan - Oxyuranus Microlepidotus. Yet to be responsible for a single human death, it is the most venomous, but not the most "dangerous"! It is found in a remote,
harsh area rarely frequented by humans, but is also quite shy by nature
and avoids confrontation.

Moving into some of the outside areas I encountered kangaroos, wallabies, Kuala bears and Butterflys. I did feel sorry for the animals lazing about outside of their natural habitat, looking at their website it seems they are working closely to help preserve many animals natural habitat and increase awareness of habitat conservation.

Just last night i visited an art exhibition at the chinese gardens in darling harbour. It was titled "power plant". The best way to describe the experience in my opinion, would be: like walking through a dreamy fantasy world lit up with moving, colourful and surreal lighting. The night exhibition is part of Sydney Festival and includes work by Mark Anderson, Anne Bean, Jony Easterby, Kirsten Reynolds and Ulf Pedersen.

We spent some time queuing up, managed to get free tickets and headed into the garden. The garden has an intense Chinese theme, set over different levels with various intricate and traditional Chinese structures. Each area had some beautiful lit up trees as well as the art work which is designed for night viewings. Many spaces had synchronised noises to go with the structures and movements of the lights. One section had used old fasioned long night dresses as lampshades amongst a small bamboo forest, another area had a glittering disco ball shinning over a pond. I left the garden feeling very dreamy and inspired to seek out similar events.

This week im hoping to visit some of the free exhibitions and galleries around the city. I'm also looking for another job!

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