Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sorry I haven't had any updates. The last few places we've been staying haven't had wireless. This means I can't get the pictures off my laptop. We're in Coffs Harbour at the moment. It's beautiful here! I can't believe I've just been in Australia for 2 weeks! It has felt like I've been here for months now! I guess we've just seen so much. As we move North up the eastern coastline, it's getting warmer and warmer. I'm actually glad winter is approaching b/c it's been a bit too hot for me :) Hope everyone is doing well! Miss all of you!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
We lucked out and had a small group. There were 4 of us. The other two people were from Ireland. My favorite part of the day was canyoning. We had to put on unflattering wetsuits and wade through water flowing through the canyon. Sometimes the water was so deep you couldn't reach the bottom. We had to jump of big rocks into the water to get to the end. At the end was a giant cliff and a waterfall which we abseiled down. It was crazy amazing!
I finally have wireless so I'm going to bombard my blog with new posts. This is still in the Blue Mountains. Tina and I decided to go abseiling and canyoning. This is the first cliff we climbed down. It was a baby one where we could learn the technique before going down bigger cliffs.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The tree in the middle is a eucalyptus tree. The reason this area is called the Blue Mountains is b/c when the weather is warm the oils from the eucalyptus leaves are released in the air and it creates a blueish haze. At the bottom is one of the billions of spiderwebs we saw on our hike. Australia has lots of spiders...sorry Aaron!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Today Tina and I planned our trip up the east cost of Australia. We're taking a bus from Sydney to Brisbane (14+ hour trip). We have unlimited stops, so we plan to stop at 5 or more cities along the way. After taking care of this we met my Aunt Tida for lunch. She lives in Sydney and I've actually never met her before. She works right downtown in one of the high rise buildings. She snuck us up so we could see the view. It was amazing. We had Japanese/Korean for lunch and then she treated us to a dessert of fresh fruits and yogurt, yum! After gorging Tina and I visited the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Arts). I forgot to take pictures of the building, so I just took photos of the brochures on my beautiful bedspread. We left in the evening for the Blue Mountains in Katoomba, a 2 hour train ride from Sydney.
We arrived back in Sydney last night. We spent the day in Bondi with Chelsea and Sam. They were nice enough to let Tina and I hide our bags in their room since they were staying an extra night. Once we got to Sydney I wondered if a human body could fit in our room lockers. They certainly can!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tina and I had to book hostels b/c ours was full. This is basically what we looked like traveling around to get to our next place to sleep. We then went tot he Harbor bridge. You can go to the top of one of the Pylons instead of actually climbing the bridge. It's $10 as opposed to $150 to climb. I feel like it was a nice way to get a feel for whether or not I wanted to go on the bridge. Maybe I'll do it at some point... You get a good feel for how big Sydney is from up here.
Tina and I walked all over the city again. At night we met up with our new friends, Clare (UK), Chelsea (Canada) and Sam (Michigan). You would think my addiction to texting would stop in a new country, but I made friends right away, so the texting never stopped :)
Tina and I walked all over the city again. Above is a photo of Hyde Park. We also took a tour of the Opera House. It is so beautiful! The picture of the toilet paper is from the bathroom in the Opera House :) and the photo above that is an area of the building affectionately referred to as "the cleavage". At the bottom is Tina witht he city, me and the Harbor Bridge (I wanted that picture b/c my dad always talks about how you can climb it), and the opera house.
I arrived in Sydney Monday afternoon. I checked into my hostel, took a quick shower, and hit the ground running. My friend Tina is in Australia also, so she planned to come to Sydney to meet up with me. We walked all over the city. Above is Sydney harbor and Darling Harbor. The weather was warm and sunny!
On the left is the super, jumbo, two story plane I took from LA to Nadi, Fiji. I flew Air Pacific and the flight attendants wore tropical shirts and flowers in their hair. When we arrived in Nadi there were people playing the Ukelele and singing. On the right is what I could see of Fiji. I had a 4 hour layover here.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I have arrived in Sydney safe and sound! The flight was so easy. I was so nervous about it and it was cake. The flight from LA to Nadi, Fiji was 11.5 hours. I slept 8-9 hours of it, so that was great! I then had a 4 hour layover in Nadi (we arrived at 5am). Nadi to Sydney was about 4.5 hours. I arrived in Sydney at 12:30. The program I'm with arranged a shuttle to pick me up and take me to my hostel (YHA Central Sydney). My old roomie, Tina was eagerly awaiting my arrival! I dropped my things off, took a quick shower and we were off. I haven't been here that long, but I've already seen so much!!! I have my orientation in a few minutes for my work program. I should be able to write more in a bit!
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