Wow what a busy few days! When I last wrote we were getting ready to meet Ash's friend Peach. We met him on Oxford street and went to see his friend in a hardcore gig. This was also someone that Ash knew, so there we were in Sydney with three people in the room from around Canterbury UK!
So my first ever hardcore gig. For those of you that have never had the pleasure I shall try to describe it. Very loud drums, a man screaming something loud and shouty and everyone dancing in a crazy fashion. If I'm honest it was a bit like going to a trance gig, good drum beat but slightly different vibe and not as chilled out. Great for people watching though.
After the gig we went to a bar called The Shady Pines. It was down a back alley and I would never have known it was there. We walked into a place that felt as though it was in Alaska. There were people line dancing, the walls were covered in moose heads and it was great! We had a great drink which was made of loads of apples put
in a blender and then a huge amount of whiskey added. It was very healthy.
Next day we were up early ready to tour the Blue Mountains. Our tour guide Mouse picked us up from our hotel and we began the drive to the mountains. Although apparently, technically they are not mountains but more of a crevasse. The coach went to Katoomba falls, the three sisters, 2 cable cars, the steepest railway in the world, another look out and Leura for lunch. We also did a short bushwalk. Before we could do this walk we had to have a snake safety talk as four of the worlds most poisonous snakes live in the Blue Mountains. Sadly we didn't see any but did see deadly spiders.
Towards the end of the tour we started to get a bit sick of Mouse the tour guide. He talked constantly even if no one was listening. Although he did deserve a medal for putting up with other tour members who generally misbehaved, never got back to the bus on time and frankly didn't seem to have a clue what was going on!
The tour ended with a boat trip back into
Sydney harbour and then we met up with my friend Chris for dinner. We went to Surry hills which is a popular bit of Sydney full of bars and restaurants. Dinner was great, we had a quick beer and then got some sleep ready for an epic journey!
The next bit is hard to describe. We flew out of Sydney on Saturday at 10am, a 13 hour flight. We crossed the international date line and landed in LA at 7am on Saturday. So we arrived 3 hours before we left. Now we are sat waiting for our 2 hour flight to Seattle. We are very confused, I don't know if I need Breakfast or dinner or sleep. I think it's sleep. My body thinks its the middle of the night.
So Ash has finally been to Australia, the country that I never stop going on about. He loved it but maybe this time round be both liked New Zealand more. As we stood in Sydney harbour I couldn't understand why Ash wasn't blown away by the view of the opera house and bridge. As he pointed out we have spent 2 weeks in NZ looking at natures most
stunning scenery and there really isn't any comparison. Being in a city after being in such a quiet country was a real shock to the system. But I think Australia is on the list of places to come back to.
Well that's about me done. I hope that this all makes sense as I haven't slept in quite some time. When we arrive in Seattle we have a night at the airport hotel before picking up our cruise tomorrow. It starts with a drive from Seattle to Vancouver where we get on the ship. We are both very very excited. I have no idea when we will next have Internet so it might be a while before you hear from us.
Lots of love from the two tired travellers xxxxxxxxx
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