Mardi Gras time!

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Saturday, March 3, 2007

On this visit to Sydney (I will be passing though twice again) I was only here briefly before flying to New Zealand to meet up with an old friend to travel through NZ. However I did manage to get just before Mardi Gras. I traveled up with new friends made in Melbourne and at last minute Emma decided to come up too which was cool. So in two days.....

On our arrival off the over night bus, we ditched our bags and hopped onto the ferry to Manley. I was in Sydney 2 1/2 years ago and fell in love with Manly. So it was the only thing that I wanted to do was to revisit Manly. So a really nice afternoon on the beach. Plus the ferry ride is so cool, you get to see the main sites of Sydney as you leave, the bridge and opera house. I also managed to squeeze in a visit to Bondi too - so a good couple of beach days and playing in the surf.

So the Saturday night was Mardi Gras. This is a huge parade put on by the gay comunity. We saw some amazing floats go by as well as partying on the streets of Sydney. And this is a really random thing that happened by accident. When I came to Sydney a few years ago, I came to visit Andy who was my boyfriend at the time. We was working in Sydney. On arrival we went straight back to his rooms in Sydney. I couldn't remember the name but I knew it was a street near Oxford Street. As I couldn't remember the name of the street I wasn't going to go looking for it. So we walked along Oxford street to find a viewing place and eventually we walked down to the other end and believe it now the place we stopped to watch the parade was right outside Andy's old flat. How random!

Back to Mardi Gras - examples of the floats were things like the surf life savers. A group of very good looking men with fab bodies dancing on the street to "I need a hero". Such good fun. Oh and a lot of men walking round on the streets with just cod pieces on. Not very attractive!

After Mardi Gras a sad thing happened for me. Whilst traveling you get to meet some really great people. These people become your buddies for however long you are going in the same directions. So sometimes a day, or days or even weeks if you are lucky. So that night Emma and I parted company as we were no longer going in the same direction. Which meant the end of our traveling together in which we had been through around 7 countries, spend Christmas and New Year together and have been together about 11 weeks. Which is such a long time. And amazingly we only really had cross words about once about who would shower first on a 4am wake up call! But mainly just so much fun and many conversation about I can't believe that just happened. So bye bye Emma - see you in London!
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