A bit different from the one upon-Tyne!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, December 16, 2011

I decided to spend a day and night in Newcastle to break up my journey to Sydney and I'm really glad I did! Lots of people had told me to bypass Newcastle as it was just an old industrial town (?) but I really liked it. It had a very English feel to it with lots of fabulous, big old buildings. The hostel was really lovely, another huge, old building with high ceilings and a massive drawing room with leather sofas. It looked like an old gentleman's club!

I spent the morning wandering round the shops and even managed to buy a lovely dress that I could wear out in Sydney for only $10. Bargain! My day went rapidly downhill when I went for my second Aussie haircut and was very nearly reduced to tears by the bowl cut/wedge I was given      :( Thankfully the 'hairdresser' was able to just about rescue it and make me look slightly less like a 15 year old boy (in 1995) than I had at one very low moment. I was NOT IMPRESSED and left vowing to cut my own hair with nail scissors next time! I must now repeat the mantra 'you get what you pay for!'

I decided to tke my new crap haircut out for a walk (and was convinced that everyone was staring and wondering why there was a boy in a dress). I walked along the beach front and up to the light house....well, almost. I got about 400m away from the light house and decided I could see it just fine from the beach so there I stayed. It was lovely just sitting on the beach, chilling out with the sun on my face. Suddenly there was the sound of a big explosion and I nearly jumped out of my skin! I actually thought we were under attack for a moment. It turned out there was an old fort on top of the hill next to the beach and they (for some random reason) were firing a cannon. All the other people on the beach barely flinched, whilst I was preparing to duck and roll! I'm guessing cannon firing is not that unusual in Newcastle.....?!

In the evening I went with the girls from my dorm to the local park to watch a candlelit carol concert. It was absolutely fabulous and made me feel Christmassy at last! There were thousands of people all sat out on the grass with candles, singing carols. It was a really lovely sight! :)

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