On The Ferry
Took it a bit easier in April, attempting to save a bit of money and just chillax a bit. I took in a few sites. I took the ferry over to manly (which is where the new BBC Aussie replacement for neighbours is set). It is a very nice little area, small and quaint, not like the high rise of Sydney. Lots of nice little shops and a market. Went on the beach and even though it is autumn out there got a good tan going from two hours in the sun (I do not believe in sun tan lotion any more). Thought about going for a swim, there were plenty of people in the sea, but the water was freezing, reminiscent of the Channel down at Worthing, although I am pretty sure I have been for a swim down there. Gave that a miss and just went for a walk.
The next day was the First Sydney Red Bull Flug Tag.
Which is that weird competition where people design flying contraptions and jump off a pier. They all pretty much nose dived straight in to the water but it was all good fun. Each team would come up with a crazy contraption like a hamster wheel to power it and then would do a little skit or dance before take off. Other flying aids included Mr Bean’s mini, a flaming Galah and a pig. All good fun with great views of the opera house and Harbour Bridge in the background, but it was absolutely rammed down there. There must have been around 50,000 people lining the waters edge at least.
The weather turned pretty nasty, very cold. It started to feel like winter out here, although it was just as warm as back at England and everyone was telling me how glorious it is back home. However Australian buildings are designed to let the heat out and I also have not experienced winter for over a year; it was a bit of a shock to the system. It also rained for a record 11 days straight in Sydney which was just depressing. And what do these people have to look forward to in the winter, no Christmas, just cold weather and it getting dark really early; plenty of people must jump off the harbour bridge.