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Published: October 14th 2006
A view from the hill of Bondi Beach
Warning: Boring update. Mostly only of interest to our parents and Laurel. Feel free to skip.
I don't have much to update with today. We got up and headed straight to Bondi Beach, which is the same beach we went to on Thursday. It was INSANELY hot!!! And insanely busy. The occasions where I have witnessed so many people together in one place have been few and far between. All I can say is I'm glad I'm not a Bondi Beach lifeguard. There's quite the history to the Bondi Beach Lifesavers, actually. I think they might have been the first lifeguarding club in the world or something. It's a constant struggle for them to keep the swimmers and the surfers separated, happy, and safe but they do a pretty good job. You're supposed to stay between these flags when your swimming so you stay out of the way of the surfers and stay in a zone where they can watch you. I have no idea how they could tell if you're in trouble, though. The waves are massive and people are everwhere. I got seriously bowled over but a MASSIVE wave today. It was actually kind of scary because
Derek and Mark at Bondi
Our first time at Bondi
the sea went calm for a minute and then this gigantic crest of water started to block out the horizon and got bigger and bigger, until it hit me--hard! I went right down and was dragged quite a ways under water. Luckily, it just drags you in to shore so you can't get into too much trouble, but I still got water up my nose. I find the ocean here saltier than back home and it bothers me a bit, but I'll probably get used to it.
Basically, I just layed on the beach and cooled off occasionally in the surf all day. I wasn't actually feeling very well today for some reason so I didn't really eat anything except some watermelon, which Derek and Mark found shocking and appaling. They have huge appetites all the time! They were finally satisfied tonight, though, when my mom took us out for dinner at a really nice Thai place just down the road from Billabong Gardens (our hostel). I didn't eat, so it gave them a chance to have all the seafood they desired. Hehehe. Not my cup of tea! Speaking of tea, I did have some delicious Jasmine tea. Mmm.
My new wallet
My pink billabong wallet purchase. I love it!
Derek and Mark both bought flip flops and beach towels today, which they'd been wanting since we got there I bought some cheap flip flops, too, and an awesome pink billabong hat (I reallly needed a hat because the sun is scorching). We all needed flip flops to wear in the sketchy shower and bathroom because we didn't like getting our teva/choco style sandles soaking wet all the time if we didn't have to.
We just finished playing Mario Kart. We played last night, too. Hehe I love how we came to Sydney and play N64 every night, but this sun just drains us by the end of the day! We need a quite time activity. There are only 2 controllers that work well, so we always fight over who is actually going to be able to steer. Derek usually loses because he's amazing at Mario Kart and needs a handicap.
Tomorrow we're going to the Sydney Museum with mom, and then we're going to Maria's house for dinner. Maria is kind of the host person for mom's sabattical here at the U of Sydney. Should be a good day. We wanted to do a quite, indoor activity because the Zoo and Beach kind of killed us.
Bye for now!
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