Footy & Sydney!!!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, May 10, 2010

Hello from the land down under! Things have been great since last week. On Friday, we spent the day in Melbourne. Sitting in the central area of the hostel for breakfast, 3 girls with black uniforms came in and were looking for "dummies" to practice facials on. So 5 of us from the hostel wondered over a couple buildings with these girls and sat in a waiting room for about 30 minutes while they got ready for us. Kind of weird they didn't have things prepared for us but we met a girl from Holland and Edmonton while waiting. The facials were amazing –lasted about an hour and a half. We then just hung out all day around the hostel and Lauren went back over to the school to get a massage for $16. So we headed over there later afternoon and ended up getting free massages. Nice a relaxing free day!

           That night we headed to the “footy” game and the girl from Holland and Amanda (Sweden) came with us. It was a riot. We polished off a couple of $6 wine bottles and headed to the game. All of the sports stadiums are within walking distance which is really cool. It was rainy out for most of the game but the place is huge enough that you can stay out of it. Many people did sit down in their ponchos and watch the game. Australian footy is incredibly confusing. I consider myself pretty up there in sports but I couldn’t understand a god damn thing happening. Some locals tried to teach us but it seemed like a free for all. And the fans eat meat pies like we do hotdogs here. WEIRD!

            On Saturday we wondered around the Victoria Square market that is open 5 days a week. It is MASSIVE! And sells everything. Oh, they also wear a lot of e fluorescent colours here. At the market I even saw fluorescent coloured wool socks that I thought about getting my brother as he would have appreciated them. Sorry Landan, no room in the bag right now! We then flew into Sydney later in the afternoon. We didn’t have a hostel booked there so when we showed up at the airport, we went to the hostel board and called the various ones to see who would pick us up for free (as a transfer fee into the city is about $14 a person). While Candice was on the phone, a German guy, Felix, was standing there looking to book a hostel too. So I told him we’d found one with transfers for free so he said he’d come too. We found the shuttle that would take us to the hostel and it was quite the awkward ride. No one spoke and it was weirdly quiet. So of course, Candice broke the silence by talking to the girl behind her as they were headed to the John Mayer concert. Next thing we know, she asked what hostel we were going to and it was the “Funk House” and everyone on the bus laughed. Maybe not such a good place?! SO Candice uses her good bargaining skills and next thing we find out is the girl is a manager at Westend Backpackers and she gave us all the a cheaper rate and 4 bedoom room with the German guy.

            The hostel turned out to be good and on the Saturday night, we went to this bar that gave us 2 free drinks and a free dinner with the purchase of a drink. The place was BUMPING! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bar at that much capacity. We met some Auzzie’s who were there for their cousin’s 18th birthday and we had a riot with them.

            We went to Bondi Beach for Mother’s Day. It was very pretty and just chilled out on the beach. At night, we wondered down to the Sydney Harbour and it is probably one of my favourite scenes I’ve ever seen. The Sydney Opera house all lit up is just amazing. That’s when it hit me I was in Australia. The bridge is really cool too.

            We were using the free WIFI in McDonald’s (yes, they have classy McDonald’s here!) when our friend Kyle came online who was staying at a hostel down the street. We were going to meet up with him later in the week and he wondered over and is now coming with us to Hayden’s in Dapto. We are on the train there, which is about 2 hours south of Sydney.

            Things have been great. We’re finally catching onto where you should walk on the sidewalk and when you cross the street, you look the opposite ways that we’ve always known. Driving does look a bit confusing. We also booked a “tour package” for the next few weeks. So look forward to camping, the Blue Mountains, Jim’s Adventure Tours in Nimbin, sea kayaking with dolphins, a bush camping adventure, Fraser Island 4x4 adventure, sailing in the Whitsunday’s & sky diving. I promise not to disappoint! I hope everything is well in Canada! The weather here has been quite nice too –it’s nice that it is off season as we’re getting good discounts on things. So long!
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David Brown on

Thanks Shannon. Good them coming.

Ann Jennings on

Looks like a deadly'ol time

Yes B'y!

carolyn on

hey shannon - are you off to Nimbin

It the dope smoking capital of australia where every hippie drop out lives - it wil be like going to the woodstock concert so have fun - i thing they even have an mj museum there .... keep up the great blogs and sorry to hear about the bed bugs - i never had them so i was lucky .... save travelling for you :-)

Amy on

This blog is so much fun. I am having a blast catching up with your adventures. I love that Candice talked you into a better place to stay! You gals know how to sweet talk the locals! Hugs... als

Uncle Mike on

Sounds like you are having a great time Have a DB Draft for me in NZ.

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