Jenny and I "tour-ised" Sydney quite thoroughly:
- Opera House
- - one local compared it to a pair of turtles mating.. wierd
- Sydney Harbour
- Sydney Botanical Gardens
- home to a colony of bats
- bat facts:
- unlike vampires, bats can come out during the day
- unlike Batman, bats are quite social
- bats are annoying
- misc phrases for groups of creatures:
- a Thought of Barons
- a Knot of Toads
- a Raffle of Turkeys
- a Decent of Woodpeckers
- a Conspiracy of Ravens
- a Smack of Jellyfish
- a Murder of Crows
- a Kettle of Hawks
- for fellow travelers, the 10am free walking tour is worth checking out
- sharks actually do exist and are not fictious creatures created by the Aussies to keep us away from their beaches -- big mouth, big teeth, small eyes..
- Jenny wants a platypus..
- Bondi Beach
- against all common sense, this is actually pronounced "bond-eye beach"
- riptides are more fun, than dangerous
- (to Mr. B. Williams) topless beaches are everything you dreamed of and more
- may have to exchange dreams of surfing for dreams of body-boarding -- Jenny will kill me if I die..
Beyond theft, the Cooee also suffered some minor maintenance issues. There were two bathrooms on our floor. Someone (intentionally?) managed to clog the urinals in both of them. I am ashamed to say that I panicked and fled the facilities the first time that the yellow water started to spill over the rim (don't worry, I had some hand sanitizer in my backpack).
On February 25th, took the train to Katoomba in the Blue mountain region. Small town. Many cafes. Many tourists. Free internet at the library. Impressive scenery (cliffs, waterfalls, trees, wildlife, etc.).
Bought a camping stove (I have fire!)
Stayed at the Katoomba Falls Caravan Park. Facilities well priced and clean.The tent and sleeping functioned perfectly.
Attempted 4 hour hike to the Red Hand cave in Glenbrook -- success (the hands painted on the cave were indeed red).
- got lost one time (1/2 hour confusion)
- many birds
- many bugs
- no snakes.
Attempted 2 day hike to Chinaman's Gully, via Mt. Solitary Summit -- success (!).
- got lost four times (1 3/4 hours of confusion)
- many birds
- two snakes (who puts a snake in the water)
- one leech (Jesus Christ -- they drop from trees!)
- something that bounced
- for fellow travelers:
- a bit of (lots of?) mild (extreme?) climbing is required
- the signs aren't lying when the claim the path is not well marked
- there is no "chinaman"
Tyler and Jenny
P.S. The previously mentioned showers-with-tinted-glass-divider actually turned out to be the showers-with-one-way-mirror-divider. This discovery came at a terrible price -- it involved me making several very strange faces on the mirror side, while some unknown naked man may (or may not) have been watching on the see-through side. I think it likely that an unknown naked man was watching because a certain gentleman started giving me cautionary-eyes whenever he saw me around the hostel..