7.11pm - The Art Of War
Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
19Trip End Mar 25, 2009
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I really am the most impressively idiotic girl. Today's plan was to do a harbour cruise, since it's the one thing I haven't done yet, and the one thing they say you really must do in Sydney. I booked myself on to this two hour cruise that takes you all the way up to Middle Harbour. I had half an hour to kill, and the day before, I had noticed the most excellent cafe round the corner in The Rocks. You know Guylian chocolates, with the praline seashells and stuff? This was a Guylian cafe. They had the seashells, but they also had dozens of desserts and petit fours and mini cakes to buy. I had a Guylian shake, which was made from praline and vanilla ice cream, and it was the nicest thing I've ever drunk. Unfortunately, my hard on for Nutella tasting goodies turned out to be my downfall, as I realised I'd been dawdling so long over my shake and sandwich that my boat was ready for boarding back at the wharf. I ran back to the harbour, and arrived just in time... to see the boat pull away. Nuts.
The nice man at Captain Cook Cruises very kindly changed my ticket for me to the same cruise tomorrow, so although my heart was telling me to go back to the Guylian cafe and have another milkshake, I managed to resist and instead went to the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was described in LP as being "controversial" ever since it opened, so I was well up for seeing some, I dunno, black and white nudity or something. Instead, I got some rather interesting but not especially controversial art, and a team of young female staff members who seemed determined to tell everyone off. One of them followed a little kid around for about twenty minutes (in fairness, bringing a three year old into an art gallery is a stupid thing to do, of course they're going to want to run around and touch everything), another told a woman not to wear her backpack on her back but carry it instead (that one baffled me, I've got to be honest) - they generally seemed to be worrying about very uncontroversial things. I was most disappointed. There were some really cool pieces, though, like a couple of truly excellent video installations, a bust made of china and painted in the traditional way, and this awesome sculpture that went through a wall. No pics, I'm afraid - much like Dunedin Art Gallery, Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art says no to photography.
Small aside: today is the only day I actually took my rain jacket out with me, because I figured I'd need it on the boat. Naturally, today is the only day it didn't rain.
Tonight is my last night in Sydney, so I'm going to pick up my groovy wee car tomorrow (I hope it's groovy, anyway) and head up to Newcastle (after doing my cruise, I'm not gonna miss out on that bad boy). I will spend a night there, and then the next day travel onwards to Coffs Harbour. Apparently it's very nice, and has lovely beaches. I look forward to it.