Thursday, 28 February 2008
Views of trees, waterfalls and Japanese families
Nice vertical train ride takes you back up to the top
Families getting in my way on the footpaths.
Drive out from Sydney was like the A40 out of London
Parking 4 dollars an hour. Found sneaky alternative
Surfed huge waves at Bondi beach and managed to miss the dopey swimmers because the lifeguards pen you in to a 10m section. Not enough for the most famous beach in Australia.
Needs 3 buses to get there
wake up, change positions and squabble with each other. We saw one or two take flight. It was fascinating to see so many large bats. They seemed much bigger than the few I have seen in California. Their faces were actually kind of cute. They almost looked like winged foxes.
Afterward, we dashed over to the Opera House to meet Andy for an evening performance of La Boheme. It was excellent! We had the nosebleed seats with obstructions, but we felt fortunate just to be able to attend. It was a modern day adaptation set in some students digs. The costumes were modern as well. One of the Bohemians had dread locks and another had an earring, black leather jacket and tatoos. The singing was fantastic and the acoustics were incredible. When the scene took place in the far left-hand side of the stage I couldn't see what was happening, but fortunately most of the action occurred in the middle of the stage and part of the stage even lifted up so that everyone could see when they were on the second floor of the apartment complex or they were changing scenery below. We all really enjoyed it - even Stephen :-)
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Hot thermal pools in Henmnet ideal for monsoon days
Nice volcanic ridges to view Diamond harbour and sprawling Christchurch
Alan getting roped in to providing assistance for juggling street theatre
Becky's friends Graham and Maree had a copy of the John Grisham book that I had left on the bed in Uruguay with only a few chapters to go.
Getting stuck in the window of a rock shelter whilst playing tig with Bill's 6 year old
You don't legally need car insurance so all the 16 year olds buy old V8s and go racing round Christchurch at night showing off. I had to make do with a 1.3 Escort and take it to do the shopping
American Airlines screwing up the tickets again so that we have to run from one office to another to convince them to let us on the flight. And why do we have to go via Aukland when everyone else goes direct to Sydney?
New Zealand charges you 25 dollars to leave the country and you have to fill a form in that is supposed to be for New Zealanders only and then old people forget and hold you up in the queue to get onto the plane that you've just rushed across from the stupid internal flight from Christchurch that should have been organised properly in the first place from incompetant Trailfinders sales pillock.... Finally had to say goodbye to travelling chums Alan and Athena who are finishing their trip in Singapore and who have still got my book. -- Stephen Grant
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Watched loads of albatrosses taking off, landing and feeding their young. They only produce one chick and they're fat things weighing up to 9kg before the parents start putting them on a strict diet to encourage them to fish for themselves. Good job they don't learn to drink beer or they would never do anything. They then spend up to 6 years at sea - literally before returning to mate. The babies that left in Septemer have been tagged and have made it to Chile already. It normally takes adults 8 days but took the youngsters over 30 days. Must have found the beer after all..
Huge albatrosses - 3m in wingspan, can eat up to 2kg in 15 minutes- babies weigh up to 9kg before flying
Chocolate fish - Only in NZ apparently
I have a cold
Can't find the fish and chip shop