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Published: December 21st 2008
Australia is known for its deadly critters, so we decided we better familiarize ourselves with the terrors that call this continental island home. Our first investigative journey took us to the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. We learned the monsters of the seas and rivers are not only deadly, they are often majestic and sometimes down right cute. We must have spent 45 minutes trying to capture the terrifying half duck, half beaver - Frankenstein of a mammal - known as the Platypus. Her Disney looks might charm you, but her poisonous claw will keep you on your toes. We also walked amongst sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and the elusive "Nemo". If you're ever in Sydney don't miss the aquarium it was definitely a highlight.
After familiarizing ourselves with the sea we made our way to Sydney's Toronga zoo. It's a short ferry ride across the harbour to the cliff-side zoo, where the deadly beasts can overlook the city skyline and survey their Aussie appetizers -- From the poisonous Taipan to the pugilistic Kangaroo; we learned enough to prepare ourselves for the dangers that lurk these shores. Surprisingly, we even made a few new friends in the Wombat, Koala, and some
Keep your water enemies closer!
of the immigrants including the Giraffe, Elephant, and Chimpanzees. The zoo is another strong recommendation if you ever make it to this side of the planet. Sharing the views with the Mountain Goats and Giraffe’s is worth the price of admission alone; and you really "otter" check out the seal show another highlight!
Armed with our new knowledge we felt it was time to venture into some of the local culture, and there is no better way to do that than to order up some classic "Tiger" meat pies from Harry's Cafe de Wheels. Located in the Woolloomooloo neighborhood on a harbour boardwalk we wolfed down these delicious pies that had also been savoured by the likes of Colonel Sanders, Pam Anderson, Kevin Costner, Brooke Shields and many, many more... we learned the biggest danger in Sydney may be the loss of our sportly figures... these meat filled pastry wrapped pies are topped with a massive helping of pea and potato mash and drowned in an overflowing topping of gravy... regardless of the weight gain, the taste was worth it!
The last outing we'll highlight pitted our new found knowledge of local cultural eats and the always present animal terrors.
Luckily the signs in Australia are English and we're both literate!
After making our way by ferry to Watson's Bay, we ordered up some of Doyle's world famous seafood. We decided to consume our meal on the sunny boardwalk on the shores of Watson's Bay. We learned that the Australian wild is always ready to pounce when you least expect it. While Andra enjoyed her Calamari she was attacked from the air by an enraged seagull. It mussed her hair and then made off with one of her French Fries. Andra is still recovering, but the lesson has not been lost on us. We are now more vigilant and aware of surroundings in this deadly part of the world... many more adventures await.
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