There Goes the Snow and here comes the Sun.

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 29, 2007


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. We had a great night at Sounds on Sunday. Everyone from the hostel went and it got very messy. Very messy in deed. Sarah Weightman and boyfriend Ian came and joined us and it was an awesome way to celebrate Ben's birthday. We also went to what was called Earth Dance, only we interpreted as the Hippy Festival. It was a festival for free and the way it was advertised, with a Chai Temple and the fire dance area we thought it would be full of Sydney's most alternative folk so we thought we better dress the part. Amy, Emma and Pete put on their best hippy dress and we all headed to it. Tall Guy had already had a litre of vodka before even setting foot on the train. After much confusion that comes with large groups travelling around a city on public transport, we all managed to meet up at the festival except for Tall Guy who ended up sitting on the train for two hours and ending up at Wollongong. Somehow we bumped into him on our way home. The day was surprisingly really really good. The music was awesome, you had everything there and we all got right into it. The highlight being the local dance act the Potbeeliz who have become pretty big here with the growing popularity of Electro The day was as mad as it could be which was exemplified by the state of my boss, Pete who lost the plot completely. The day was finished off superbly in the Chai Temple, listening to chilling house music while sipping Indian Chai mmmm. I could have spent the next 24 hours in there but Ozzy night life being Ozzy night life, we were all kicked out about 9 at night and forced to make our way back to Manly.
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!!!

Excursions: -

Helen Rowell from Belmont came to see us which was nice. The accent is so broad when we hear it from someone new. It was great to see her and we did the Palm Beach (where Home and Away is set) thing with Kiwi Luke. Amy and I get to drive around in Pete's Honda S6000 convertible which is brilliant. Although Amy has just had it bumped (not her fault) so we might not be racing around the Northern Beaches of Sydney as much as we did in the last month. We had a cracking night out in Manly with Helen where Pete lost the plot again and bought us all Champagne.

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. The combination of drink and no stopping quickly made us realise what the funnel at the front door would be for. Although no problem for men, girls were also supposed to use it. Apparently we broke the record for the amount of girls that used it. The rest of the weekend was pretty good but the snowboarding and skiing completely wore us out and we were hardly doing Durham proud on the nights.

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. It was amazing.

People: -

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. We just want to keep travelling and not get stuck in one place. Still far too much to see. Amy has since packed her job in and is now enjoying the Ozzy life more (having time to enjoy the beach) as she was doing 12 hour days everyday and never got to enjoy what Australia is all about. Good decision, I reckon.

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


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