Back with the tourists
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The hostel "No 14 backpackers" is probably one of the best we have stayed in so far. It is wooden and very homely with a long veranda filled with comfy seats and potted geraniums.
As has become routine when we arrive in a new place we had an explore today. It came as somewhat of a shock to be somewhere so touristy again, having been off the backpacker trail for a while. We had tried to book into "No 14" for the rest of our time here but it is booked up, as are most other places - apparently there is a Christian Convention on over the weekend, but we managed to find somewhere else.
We walkd down to Echo Point for the famous Blue Mountains view of the 'Three Sisters' and shared the vantage point with about six coachloads of Japanese tourists.
We walked through the forest for about 3km, passing the base of the Three Sisters. Rather than walking back up the steps we decided to get the train back up. We had heard about it being steep but nothing compared us for the gradient we actually saw.
The evening was spent on the verandah, wine flowing, chatting with Tomas, Sabina, Jenny (a girl we had met in New Zealand - small world), a Canadian and 2 Americans - one of whom worked for the Department of Defence in the USA. Inevitably the topic got onto Iraq and there was much tongue biting (and some none tongue biting) as he defended the American position!