A Happy Birthday Down Under
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
84Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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So I recently turned 25... a quarter of a century... nearing 30... over the hill. Fortunately all my friends and family helped to remind me of these lovely descriptions and Katy very proudly stated that she was "Still only a sprightly 23 years old." BUT, it was an awesome birthday.
After work on the Tuesday before my birthday Katy surprised me with dinner at Cafe Sydney which is an amazing restaurant overlooking the harbour. We enjoyed a very non-backpacker(y) meal in the sunshine, being entertained by our bizarre waiter. He was Australian but was putting on an accent like a stereotypical English Butler, I really couldn't take him seriously. We then went to the Sydney Opera house to see our first ever Opera (courtesy of Katy's parents). It was called "la Boheme" and was an Italian Opera so there were surtitles in English
On the weekend of my birthday we headed to Port Stephens with my Dad and Berry. We were staying in Berry's neighbour's holiday flat in Nelson Bay which is about 3 hours north of Sydney. It's claimed that if the first settlers had found Port Stephens first they would have setup their colony there as the harbour is even bigger and more beautiful than port Jackson. Our flat was situated right in the middle of two beautiful sandy beaches and the weather in the day was about 30C which was absolutely perfect. Over the weekend we sunbathed on the beach, ate a ridiculous amount of delicious food and went snorkeling (for about 10 minutes because the water was ice cold)
The following week was my last week at Vertel before Katy and I head back to South East Asia for November. The owner of Vertel (where I've been working) asked me if Katy and I were free the next day as he was heading to Centrepoint tower and could take us up to the roof to get a few photos
I am actually writing this blog entry from the Sydney international airport as we are soon catching a flight to Vietnam. One of our friends from back home who's been traveling Australia for the last 9 months also had her birthday this week and so we all went out to Darling harbour for food and drinks. The afternoon quickly turned into the evening and we headed to the Rocks for some live music and more beer. The reason for telling you this is purely so that I can tell this story. I was chatting to this American guy at the bar, he was due to catch a connecting flight to Perth but due to the Qantas strikes he was stuck in Sydney. Katy saw I was speaking to him and came over to say hello, just as he was explaining to me that he was going for an interview to work in a mine in Perth. Katy's very first response (following a couple of glasses of wine I might add) was...
"A budgie? If you don't have a budgie, how will you know if you're gonna die in the mine?"
"Do you mean a Canary?"
"Yeah, well whatever do you have one?"
"No, mining's moved on a bit since then..."
It was amazing, so funny!
Anyway, our gate is now open so we better be off. Vietnam here we come!