There Goes the Snow and here comes the Sun.
Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
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Yes, its true, we are starting to say Australian words!!! I want to kick myself every time I say "no worries, sick or sweet" (meaning good) and pronounce the F word with an A instead of a U, but then that's just what happens. Anyway its indicative of the life here. There are no worries, the beach is sick and the weather is sweet as FACK.
Since I last wrote on here a lot has happened. I apologise to anyone from home I have spoken too on the phone or email because whenever I am asked what we have been up to I can never think and just say 'not much'. I can never remember when put on the spot hence I keep these notes.
So here goes: -
The Social Front: -
At the end of August was Bens' 25th
Other than that we mainly stick to Manly for a night out. The 'Manly trap', but it is decent enough. BBQs, have become more common and we have had a couple of good ones at Shelly Beach and Manly Lagoon, which both surprisingly enough have ended up in all weekend long benders.
Of course there is Premier League which makes up most of my Saturday night and seen as though you can watch any game with the push of the red button then watching Sunderland has become an integral part of nearly everyone's weekend haha.
The fact we beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup which was most enjoyable. I pretended like it wouldn't bother me before the match, pretending I only care about Footy not Rugby but once we had won there was no holding back the delight. Oozy's believe they are the best at any sport (which is true in most things) but when our rubbish lot beat them, there was no better place to be than in a pub in Sydney with a load of English. Shame we didn't win the whole thing, but I only care about Footy. Oh yeah England look like they are going out of the European Cup. I only care about Sunderland!!!
Helen Rowell from Belmont came to see us which was nice
Amy and I went to the Snowy Mountains for a weekend Ski Trip. It was really really good. The slopes were much better thn we expected although it was near the end of the season and they had become icey. It was the best snow Australia has had in 20 years. The one difference between the mountains here though is that they are not very big. You do realise this when you look back down the mountain from the top. The village at the bottom is still visible whereas in the Alps or Rockies, you can just about make it out. On the way down, the rep Matt got us all in the mood when the first stop was at the 'bottleo' (Off License) and then Macdonalds. However there was to be no other pitt stops on the 4 hour bus trip. Not even as we went through Canberra, although by all accounts that is the best way to see the capital, driving by in the dark
We made up for it however at the almost free Surf School weekkend we went on. One of the many perks of my job is I get just about every trip and tour for free. Ben and I joined the same people that took us to the snow on a trip north to Seal rocks which has to be one of the best beaches I have so far seen. It was awesome. Hardly anyone there, no buildings and the waves and water were so kind to the inexperienced surfer. We met some good people on this trip. The bus broke down on the way so this helped build up the cameradery spirit amongst us. We surfed, drank and drank. We made some good friend in Natalie and Amanda, Dariuz and Sophie and Jo. Nat and Amanda, two Ozzy girls were quickly nicknamed Kath and Kim as we became Ant and Dec. Other than the good crack on the nights and the surfing the real highlight was seeing Dolphins playing in the waves right next to us
One of the best things and worst about living in the hostel is the amount of people you meet. It is great making so many friends but it can also get annoying, having the same conversations about, where we have been, what we diid in England, our accents, the north/south divide blah blah blah can get tedious. However the worst thing is you are forever saying goodbye to people. We saw Aimee leave last month which was pretty sad for nearly everyone in the hostel. Especially Ben. So sad in fact he went to Thailand with her for three weeks. She is back in England now and Ben is back in Manly. Anyhow everyone still misses her.
Amy and I had a biig decision to make. Probably one that everyone with a year visa in Oz has to make. Do you want to stay? Pete offered me sponsership as had Amy by Amnesty International. We thought about it for a bit and decided against it
Time is flying very quick on this trip and is almost a year since Ben and I left. I cant believe it and I can't believe Amanda, Acky, Lee and Shipley will be here in two days. We are so excited and all having a three week holiday with them although what we are doing is a secret, but it will be a three weeks they and we will never forget. Find out in the next entry.
See you later