7.24pm - Valentine's Day Massacre
Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
19Trip End Mar 25, 2009
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My God, but it can rain in Sydney.
Sydney Aquarium is a huge building on the quayside, featuring, surprisingly enough, lots of aquatic life. Along with Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Tower, it is part of something called the Discovery Trail, which sounds to me like a really good way to make tourists part with some of their hard-earned whilst under the delusion that they are getting an authentic Australian walkaboutesque experience. That said, I went along with it, so I can't diss it too much.
Every aquarium across the globe generally features a fuckload of fish, and this one is no exception. However, as
Besides the dugongs and sharks, there was also an area devoted to the Barrier Reef, which was brilliant - tons of anemones and brightly coloured coral and funky coloured fish darting around in this long case that went round the sides of a whole room. There were a few Fairy Penguins, but I've petted one of those bad boys, I don't need to press my nose against the glass trying to catch a glimpse of any more (Fairy Penguins, DONE). You could go on a glass bottom boat trip to see the sharks, though I'm not sure if that was in the harbour or in the shark tank, but either way I decided not to, due to the aforementioned rain.
After finishing up at the aquarium, I went next door to Sydney Wildlife World. This was less of a fun expedition thing as much as it was a necessary survival tool. I figure it can be no bad thing to familiarise myself with the
Since it was still bucketing it down when I left the Wildlife World, I delayed the inevitable with a quick beer, and spent an enjoyable twenty minutes or so watching some seagulls trying to work up the courage to scoff some chips off a table, but not quite having the balls to fly into the bar. Bless. Eventually I had to bite the bullet and head home, unfortunately, so was pretty much soaked by the time I got home. Fun times.
When I got up this morning, I was hoping it would have begun to clear, but no such luck - it's been finely raining and soaking me through all day. Since I didn't get much sleep last night, I decided to just have a leisurely day, and went browsing in Borders for a bit before going to see Benjamin Button. I know, I know, I came to the other side of the world to see a film I could have seen at home, but ever since I foolishly watched Australia, I've been feeling like a deserve a decent film to take the edge off. And it was, as everyone is saying, more than just a decent film. The acting, the effects, the writing - it's just exceptional. It reminded me of Forrest Gump in a lot of ways, not least because it's one of those films which is massively effects-heavy but you barely notice, because the effect serve the story rather than the other way around. That should be a no brainer, but these days it's so rarely the case.
So due to the aforementioned lack of sleep, I'm rather snoozy this eve. I have discovered a channel which seems to play nothing but Scrubs and My Name Is Earl, though, which is fun, so I shall have a glass of penguin wine (wine named after penguins, not made from penguins, just to clarify) and laugh. I must admit, it's not a patch on last Valentine's Day (when, realising we were all either single or what Facebook would class as "complicated", we had an anti-romance dinner at Mark's and drank far too much red wine for a Thursday), but it'll do.
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