Misty Mountain Hop

Trip Start Feb 27, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Well hello,

Here I am again, back in Sydney after my whilrwind tour of New Zealand. I have to say the weather has improved remarkably compared to last time, the sun is actually shining in Sydney! I thought that never happened, there were times I even considered getting the sun- screen out.

As I had already been here I wasnt planning on staying very long, but this time round Sydney has been pretty amazing. Maybe its just because the sun was out, or maybe it was the new excitement of travelling all by myself, after saying goodbye to my last Raleigh friend after New Zealand. Either way, Ive been having fun.

I took a tour of the beaches round Sydney, I didnt even know Sydney had beaches! I mean Id heard of Bondi before but I assumed it would just be a bit of sand around the harbour. Hell no! It is one awesome beach with the most incredible waves Ive ever seen. My tour started on Coogee beach, and I took a 6km coastal path around several others before arriving on Bondi. For the first time since Thailand I actually broke a sweat. Sydney's coast really is impressive, and the surf is wild.

At one point walking along the clifftop path I came across Jimmy, the Bondi hermit. It was one of the most random sights Ive seen. This was a middleaged man with a crazy beard who lived under a tarpaulin strung between some rocks, halfway up the cliff. Apparently he's been there for many years and the council have unsuccessfully tried to evict him many times. His hobbit like hole must have the best view in Sydney, I dont blame him for staying. The locals love him, he is part of the Bondi magic. He did invite me down for a cup of tea, but as this man has no toilet and cooks on a fire I didnt really fancy it...

My best day in Sydney though was probably the daytrip I took out of Sydney into the Blue Mountains. It included a 300 metre waterfall, rolling mountainous valleys that disappeared into the horizon, a boomerang and didgeridoo. Also several cable car rides and the most mindblowing train ride ever! It was the steepest track in the world, with a 52 degree gradient! The train absolutely hurtled down, it would have been more at home in a theme park rather than a peaceful mountain village. With no warning you're happily chugging along then the world falls away from you and you're practically in free fall!

The day trip ended with a twilight cruise around Sydney Harbour, it really must be one of the biggest must-do's in Sydney. Seeing the glittering lights of the cityscape, and the illumination of the bridge and Opera House just goes to show that even a big city can be beautiful.

The ultimate highlight however was finally seeing a Kangaroo! I really didnt want to come all the way to Austrailia and not see one, but it was looking that way for a long time. However, I was able to not only see one but feed it some grassy stuff and give it a bit of a cuddle! It did however make me feel very guilty about eating one the night before...

Next I think Im off to Canberra, its meant to be the capital.

Until then...


ps, for the curious, it tastes a lot like steak!
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