Melbourne Cup Madness
Trip Start May 18, 2005
72Trip End May 18, 2006
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Unfortunatly we didn't manage to make our way down to Melbourne for the race, but it seems we didn't need to go there to be part of it. On Melbourne Cup day the ENTIRE country comes to a standstill for the big race
By lunch time every office and workplace in the land was emptied and you were hard pressed to get in the door of any pub or bookies to watch the race. Aishling and I managed to get into the VC bar (North Sydney - near where I work) and grab ourselves a couple of glasses of champers and a nice spot near the big screen. It was impossible not to get caught up in the atmostphere, everyone was so excited. There was hardly anyone who had not put a bet on the Diva, the bookies favourite and the nations sentimental favourite (stupidly I didn't, I bet on some other horses). Though as sentimental as they are about the Diva they still put a bet on at least one other horse too, to be safe. When the traps finally opened and the horses let fly everyone went bonkers, screaming at the tv, screaming at their betting reciepts and screaming at each other
Although I didn't win anything from the bookies I did win $30 from the office sweeps so I managed to break even. Not bad.
And I thought horse racing was big in Ireland?
Anyway, enough about horses. Sydney is still great. The weather is getting warmer by the day, and very humid too which is apparently unusual here. When it does actually rain its seen as a blessing. The complete opposite to Ireland. But when they don't get rain here they run the risk of having no drinking water or even water for a shower. Its against the law to water your garden or plants too at certain times of the year. So you can see why rain is good.
We also learned the 'Australian Wave', the frantic waving of the arms you do to get rid of pesky flies
Its not only flies that seem to come out this time of year, there are some seriously big spiders about too. I've attached a pic of one that I spotted in a park near us. He was about the size of my hand. And there are loads of lizards about, nothing too big, but still cool to see. I caught one in my office the other day before the girls had a freak attack and tried to kill him. I wanted to leave him in the office because he eats all flies, but y'know how it is, they wouldn't have it.
So there you go, horses, flies, spiders and lizards. Lovely.