Catch Up Session

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Monday, February 13, 2006

It is evident from the first week in Australia that I'm not likely to be anywhere near as active as I was during the frantic 5 months in Asia. As a result I will not be updating this diary on a daily basis anymore but rather when I actually do/see something, which appears to be a very rare occurrence.

In the 5 days I've been in Sydney I have been outside the hostel only twice! 3 whole days have been spent sleeping and lazing around watching Channel 10! I've even watched Neighbours and had no idea whats been going on!

On the 2 occasions that I have ventured further away than the supermarket (yes I had to go food shopping :( ) I went to see the Sydney Harbour bridge and the Opera House. Was quite a weird experience witnessing these iconic structures up close. One thing that surprised me was how close together they were as I expected them to be quite far apart. The other was I expected the Opera House to be white rather than a dull grey! Must be a trick of the light as it came out bright white in my photos. I'll try to get some piccies up when I can but right now I'm still trying to upload Melaka and they're gonna take 4 hours!

On both of these 2 days I also spent more time sitting around chilling but this time in front of the sea instead of the TV. Bondi beach baby! 2 stops on the subway from my hotel is one of the most famous beaches in the world! Not that I enjoyed it much the first time I visited.

Sydney tends to be pretty windy most of the time from what I've seen so far and it was actually painful sitting on the beach whilst being constantly attacked by flying sand. It was so powerful it felt like it was cutting your skin so we had to go and sit on the grass verge at the back and observe from afar.

Thankfully when we went again today for the whole day there was next to no wind at all and it was gorgeous. There was some big rowing competition going on but the waves were huge and as a result they kept capsizing. Last week they had to stop a swimming competition at nearby Manly beach due to loads of sharks but none around Bondi this week, although the life guards were out in force.

You can't sit around at the beach and not go in the water so I had to go in. The water in Sydney is bloody freezing! I had been told it was cold but didn't expect it to be that cold. Anyway no chance of swimming as the waves were huge so I followed the example set by the others and was soon standing waist deep in water getting slammed in the face by the waves. The power was incredible and it was great fun. Also a quick respite from the power of the sun.

The weather in Sydney has been fantastic the last 5 days. Hardly a cloud in the sky and in the low 30's everyday. Best of all none of the horrible humidity that blighted my trip in Asia. This is the sort of weather I could get used to!

So for the first 5 days I have done very little but enjoyed every moment. I could be in Australia for some time to come yet.....
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