A rare night out

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We were up, packed and out of the student accomodation in half an hour today; we can now pack a rucsac in world record time, and it's unfortunate that this skill is not an employable one when we return to the world of work. We made our way back to the YHA, and sat until lunchtime, mainly because Emma was glued to the latest book she was reading. We've read more books in the last few months than we have over the last few years, its wonderful.

We left the hostel and caught the free tourist bus down to the immigration museum. It was very interesting, telling lots of individual stories of people who have come to live here for various reasons. It was also interesting to read how Australia's immigration policy has changed over the years, at times barring/making it difficult for certain ethnic groups to enter.

The intersting sculpture - Cow up a tree
We listened to the dictation test that they used to have: people had to listen to it and write down what they heard, and if what they wrote didn't correspond with what they heard, they weren't allowed in. It was read by a man who sounded as though he was from the English aristocracy, we had difficulty understanding him, never mind someone from China! Another fascinating fact was that there are 10 times more overstayers (people mainly from Britain and America who illegally stay over their visa limit) than asylum seekers, which puts the debate over immigrants into some sort of context.

After exploring the recently developed Docklands area, we returned to the hostel for tea. We headed out for the evening to go to a little bar round the corner called Prudence. It was very bohemian, cosy and played old records on vinyl.

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The intersting sculpture - Cow up …
The intersting sculpture - Cow up…
photo by: jendara