A Travellerspoint blog

February 2006

The Holiday Continues......

sunny 26 °C

Hiya All

Well...we think we are into our third week and...we think it is also coming to the weekend although to be honest we haven't got a scooby as we are still stuck in holiday mode with no work to go to, no where to be other than where we fancy and when we fancy. We were laughing today about how its a nice suprise when we realise the weekend is coming around, rather than when we were both in England and on Monday morn at 8:31am sharp we were both already dreaming and wishing for next weekend.

So have we been up to then?!?

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Well as you can see we have been visiting the sites and also getting used to using t'internet cafes to download pictures which they dont like by the way so I hope someone out there appreciates this. The pictures above are of our 1st trip to Sydney that we talked about in our last entry.

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For the first two weeks we got into Sydney there were ongoing celebrations for the Chinese New Year so there were plenty of street parades and dancing dragons and people in very very colourful dress.

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Also close to Sydney ferry harbours there are often guys sat playing with their diggiry doos, I know I know you wouldn't get away with that in the UK but here its acceptable.

Since the last entry we have been to see Louise's cousin Mary and her husband Paul and there daughters Teigan and Teal who live in Avoca north of Sydney. They were very welcoming and we spent a few days with them having BBQ's and visiting the local beach (which is only about 5 mins walk away may I add....I know...lucky buggers!) and it was lovely. It was about a 3 mile stretch of untouched, virtually diserted beach hot enough to fry an egg on. Anyway I know it all sounds like sweetness and light but after the 1st night the kids learnt of our dislike for spiders and couldn't help themselves telling us about the Huntsmen, Redback and funnel web spiders they have living under their house. Well of course as soon as the lights went out that night we couldn't relax. At about 2am I (John) heard a faint rustling on the floor, Louise was asleep but I couldn't relax so I had to wake her, she turned all brave and turned the light on to show me there was nothing to be afraid of but when she did shock horror there was this sodding big black sodding spider draggin its dead cockroach pray over the floor. Well we were both up on top of the bed scared out of our wits. At this point men, I would like to say I took the situation in hand and clobbered the spider and protected the woman I love, well I would like to say that but unfortunatley I can't Lou had to come to my rescue and got the bugger for me. Below is a picture of us both on Mary's verander enjoying the sun.

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We also went across the harbour to visit a place called Manly which is just cove after cove of beautiful beaches. We sloped around all day long and hopped in and out of the shade. One of the best bits about going to Manly was the ferry crossing to get there. Its very cheap and you get fantastic views of the city....below is one.

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For valentines day we went for a meal in the Amp Tower. Its this unusual shaped building a bit like a round spaceship on a pole but a very very long pole. We got in the lift and now joke it took about 10mins to get up to the top. Anyway the views were fantastic and to make sure you get an all round view the floor and everything on it rotates around slowly throughout your meal...it took some getting used to and at some points we weren't sure if it was the wine or the spinning making us dizzy but we had a good night either way.

Also we recently got ourselves a little flat in the centre of Newtown. The Hostel was nice and all but in comparison was costing us an arm and a leg, that and all the staff kept argueing and crying with each other, it was like Neighbours outside our door. So now we have a nice one bedroom flat fully furnished and is a lovely little haven with a balcony and BBQ.

We are still looking for work and at first we were worried but things are looking up and we have a few things lined up, infact Louise has an interview set up for tomorrow. So all is well with us and we hope all is well with you, speak soon.

Posted by chumba 00:04 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

We've landed!

sunny 25 °C

Hi all,

Thought we would drop you a quick message to let you all know that we have arrived safely! The 24 hours of travelling was as unbearable as you can expect,..although we got plenty of inflight meals and free booze which helped!

As you can imagine we have slept like 'john and yoko' since we got here! But have still managed to force ourselves up and out to see the sights! The town we are staying is called Stanmore but we are also adjoining Newtown, which is a great location. Newtown has a 2 mile stretch of pubs, bars, live music venues and restaurants. More restaurants than you can imagine,.thai, chinese,greek, vietnamese, portugese, lebonese,turkish,african, indian,nordic and DOMINOS! (Not one chippy insight! haha!) You can expect us to return in a years time like the size of a house end! We are already saving for extra seats home to accomodate the growth!
We are 1 train stop from Sydney city centre.

Our first trip out was to see Sydney central, we saw the harbour,the opera house and the amp tower to name but a few! It was fantastic but hard to take it all in that we are really here at all!

The second trip we took was to Bondi Beach, the weather that day reached inxs of 30 degrees!
Scorchio! So we took advantage of the weather (and got burnt to a crisp!). The view over Bondi Beach was awesome and really was like a postcard scene!

But now we have to face a few facts and start looking for work, although how you can do a serious days work over here is a mystery, surely it will be friday feeling everyday!

Anyway, we will keep you updated on our adventures, we need to go now, it is soooooo hot in here!!!! haha!

Posted by chumba 01:25 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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