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October 29, 2006

Three Sisters

This famous landmark can be found in the Blue Mountains National Park of New South Wales. I came here for a quick couple of days away from Sydney. The park is gorgeous, and the mountains are (obviously) aptly named).

I've only got a few minutes before the internet cafe closes, so I won't be saying much in this entry. I'll let the pictures speak for me.

These photos were taken on a day long hike to a rock face called "ruined castle".

October 23, 2006

Sydney

I think I was starved for the excitement that a cosmopolitan city delivers. Robert and I were wide eyed and thrilled when our plane hit the tarmac. We had a whole new urban center to explore! Auckland (the largest city in New Zealand) is certainly large, but it lacks the bustle and grandeur of a city an international city. Its too spread out to develop the kind of cultural heart that I'm used to. Sydney gave us multiple markets to frequent, late night eateries to enjoy, a variety of vegetarian restaurants in easy distance, nightlife, theatre, beaches and plenty of heart.

Sydney is a beautiful city. There was much more to see than I had time to spare. Sadly, as I am not yet independently wealthy I did have to find some work (happily easy to find). A place to stay seemed like it was going to be a daunting task, but Robert and I did find a tiny place that gave us all we needed for a short period of time. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The first thing we did was a wonderfully cheesy double-decker bus tour to get us acquainted with the city.

Of course, I visited all the typical spots:

The Sydney Habour Bridge

The Opera House

The Art Gallery of NSW (New South Wales)

Sydney Park

And of course I went to the top of the Sydney Tower

Sydney was a whirlwind and I was very sad to leave it. I caught up with old friends, made new ones, wandered happily through parks and gardens, went to a free festival aptly titled Earth Dance, danced with friends at a costume party and lets not forget... broke my toe. Not one of my favourite memories, but at least it doesn't hurt me anymore!

I'm finding its getting harder and harder to say goodbye to people and places. I want to keep moving now as I can feel time slipping away. Suddenly there is so so much to see and barely time to do it all. The desire to pack in as many experiences as possible is in fierce competition with my desire to relax and fully explore each new place I arrive in. It was difficult to say 'Goodbye' to Robert in Sydney. Its strange to think that I'm on my own now. Except that I've left friends scattered all over the show (as they say here) and so companionship is never really that far away.