Summing the OZ experiance

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, May 2, 2008

First thing first - Yaniv learned to surf!!!
We woke up to a surprisingly sunny day after a long period of rain and bad weather - perfect for surfing.
We left Byron Bay, together with a group of 13 Europeans, to a beach nearby, which has the perfect waves for beginners. After a short explanation and exercise on the beach, managed by the guide Dominic, we were pushed to the cold water, together with our enormous, beginners surfboard.
Yaniv had a great start - giving Noa great pictures opportunities, as you can see yourselves.
It wasn't as easy as he thought and fighting the powerful waves was tiring and even hurtful sometimes, what never prevented Yaniv from smiling through out all of the lesson (while surfing and falling...).
Noa, the superb photographer, did everything to get the best photos and videos, including getting half body wet in the cool water!
We had a wonderful afternoon, both - the one surfing and the one taking photos.

From the minute we left Byron Bay, the bad weather came back and big time!
Most of the days we drove from one place to another along the east coast, without doing nothing much on the way, beside seeing a movie in the cinema one night.

We arrived to Sydney earlier than we thought, exactly when the sun came out again.
Our first day in the city was Australia's Anzac day in the memory of the Australian and NZ soldiers, which is like our national memorial day. They had a parade in the middle of the city and a feeling of national pride and patriotism was in the air.
We spent the day in one of the city's best areas - Darling harbor, where we went to the Oceanarium to see the few marine wildlife we didn't got to see face to face.
We had lunch in a nice, small restaurant at China-town. The food was good, and we even got to practice our sticks holding, but apparently it wasn't as good as we thought...

In the middle of the night, Yaniv started to feel really bad. In the morning, he had fever and we went to see the local doctor. There wasn't much to do about it and he only wished Yaniv good health and told him to get away from Chinese food...
All day long, we stayed at the caravan park, hopping for Yaniv to feel better, so we can take advantage of the good weather and go to the famous Blue mountains the next day.
After a very hard day for Yaniv, he woke up in the morning feeling a bit better and we head it to the mountains.
On the way, it was getting obvious that Yaniv still need some rest and we found a caravan park at the mountains, where Noa, the merciful nurse, made him a great vegetable soup.
The night was a nightmare - it was freezing cold and noisy from the pouring rain and the strong winds and we barely got some sleep.
We pampered ourselves with a good breakfast for Noa and Chamomile tea for Yaniv, at a cozy coffee shop in the township of Katumba.
As Yaniv felt a little bit better after eating the marvelous soup again for breakfast, we went to see the main attraction in the area - "The Three Sisters": Yael, Michal and Noa :)
These are 3 rock formation in the mountains, which are indeed in a shade of blue, in front of an amazing valley.
On the way back to Sydney, it was snowy - just so you realize how cold it was.

Without to much sorrow, we gave Bats back to his biological parents and continued on exploring the city, which is very pretty and convenient, but too expansive...
We booked our last 3 nights in Australia in a nice hostel, located in Bondi Beach, near the most famous beach in Sydney, where all the Israelis lives. There is a big Israeli community here, restaurants and shops.
Of course, we saw the famous world known Oprah house and the Harbor Bridge, while sailing on a ferry to Manly, located on the other side of Sydney's harbor.
We had a picnic in the Royal Botanical Gardens and wondered around the streets of the old area of Sydney - The Rocks.
Today, we spent some time in Bondi, enjoying the special atmosphere of the area.

Tomorrow, we are flying to Thailand, to have our early honeymoon, before the wedding!!!

So, to sum up Australia:
"We've been to the desert on a horse (bus) with no name...", surfed and tanned along the east coast, walked in the amazing rain-forests, saw most of the typical Australian wildlife - on the ground and in the ocean, we've been in the small towns and the big cities, drove in a van, jeep and a private and sailed in all kinds of boats.
Mates, we can't believe we did it all! Our OZ experience was great and fulfilling!
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