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December 28th, 2007 – by: fayebe0
I landed in Sydney at 6.30am after a long flight with no entertainment but a nice conversation with the lady I was sat next to. Herself and her husband were originally from Shri Lanka and having lived in New Zealand for 7 years now resided in Sydney and had done for 10 years. We talked about our experiences in Thailand and what we thought about the country and the people, agreeing that it was an amazing place with beautiful people. The lady told me about how she had taken a Thai cookery class, meanwhile my food had arrived well ahead of everyone elses, 'vegetarian' I said, feeling embarrassed I could eat but no one else could, she dipped into her bag and showed me a collection of pages from the class that included a short history on Thai food, recipes and facts about the ingredients. 'It was a vegetarian class' she said 'here I have a spare' and she kindly gave me a copy to keep. The kindness of strangers strikes again!
Family were there to meet me off the plane, my second cousin Helen, her husband Stuart and their kids, Hannah and Joseph 5 years old. That day saw us going into Sydney, walking past the well known sights of Sydney Harbour and settling down in the Botanical Gardens relaxing in the sun. I couldn't have asked for a better start to my time in Oz. I couldn't get over the laid back feeling that enveloped the city, it was such a welcoming place, the streets, whether due to it being the holidays, weren't busy and full of traffic like I had come to expect of a city. If Sydney were any more relaxed it would fall into the sea.
The only blot on the landscape had been witnessing some crazy driving on the way back from the airport. On the motorway, 4 cars in front, someone, missing their exit, swerved to try and make it and lost control of the car, skidding round and round miraculously hitting nothing but some plastic cones. As we drove past the passenger got out, shouting at the driver, clearly angry, upset and shaken. It really could have been a major collision with several cars had Lady Luck not been shining down on all of us that day.
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