He bowls to the left.... he bowls to the riiiiight

Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
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Trip End Apr 16, 2011


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Having bid a reluctant goodbye to a rainy Brisbane we landed to glorious sunshine in Sydney just before New Year where we were staying with Sarah's friend Katrin. Our itinerary for Sydney was fairly relaxed as we’ve been few times before and basically consisted of catching up with our various friends from uni, school and work who for some reason seem to think that Sydney is a great place to live (seriously, all those gorgeous beaches and sunshine, we don’t see the attraction), going to the Fish Markets to see if the exchange rate has made it as expensive as the rest of Oz, to eat as many oysters as possible regardless, to see in 2011 in style and to tire our vocal chords singing silly songs at Days 3 & 4 of the Ashes that Katrin has managed to get us tickets for.

We’re pleased to report that we managed all of these things!  We spent a brilliant New Year’s with a friend of Katrin’s who has a flat in Kirribilli which meant we were able to watch the amazing fireworks from right by the bridge without camping out in the sun from 8am, we could drink as much as we wanted (the harbour area is mostly alcohol free now) and most importantly we never once had to visit a port-a-loo.  It was a fantastic way to see in 2011 – and amazing to think we’ll be spending most of the year travelling still.

In between Fish Markets visits we also went up to the Blue Mountains for the day with Katrin and her father Brian in a bid to be active having not left the house all day on New Year’s Day.  Unfortunately the weather once again conspired against us and we drove up the beautiful road to the mountains into dense fog, that slowly became denser fog and driving rain as the day progressed.  We managed to get one view of the mountains from a lower lookout first thing but otherwise it was a total white out.  But, hey, we had a great steak sandwich for lunch so all was not lost.

And then there was the Ashes.  Having never been to a live test cricket match before Perth even Sarah was now totally hooked, although it may have helped that we were there for such an awesome England performance seeing them bring the Ashes home 3-1 on Australian soil with three matches won by an innings (sorry to the Australians reading this but it’s been a while since we could gloat this much).  We spent an immensely happy two days with England flags painted on our cheeks and pints in hand watching England reach a record batting score (seeing Cook, Bell and Prior all get  100s) then decimate the Australian batters in a couple of hours whilst singing along with the barmy army next to us.  Our particular favourite was Mitchell Johnson’s new theme tune:

He bowls to the left........(Stand up with arms in the air and swing them over to the left)
He bowls to the riiiiiight....(Swing your arms over to the right)
That Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is shite" (Throw both arms forward to point at him)

After Mitchell got spanked for about 25 runs in one over by Prior this song was ringing around the stadium as 25,000 England fans got to their feet to sing it. A couple of hours later Mitchell came out to bat with Australia 6 down and facing another innings defeat and the song was sung again; this time I swear it could be heard in Melbourne. Presumably slightly flustered (he was playing a home Test Match after all!) he was bowled first ball by Tremblett. We almost felt sorry for him (well, a bit).

And as if the two days could get any more entertaining, Sarah managed to burn the shape of the England flags onto her cheeks which from afar looked remarkably like a red beard mark.

What more can we say?  An awesome week. Thanks again to Katrin and parents for taking us in for the week and feeding us (along with all your other guests!)
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