I am starting to settle in more in Bundanoon
and spent a couple of days at the school meeting staff and getting oriented. Everyone has been really nice and welcoming. I am close to knowing what I will teach on the first day of school. The morning runs are still proving to be the best opportunities to spot wildlife and I am seeing kangaroos and various birds daily. I need to stay up past dark to see a wombat but hopefully I will be up for that soon.
I went into Sydney
for the day yesterday. It is an amazing city. I started off at the Powerhouse museum where they had a Star Wars exhibit. There were costumes and models that had been used in all the movies.
Star Wars exhibit at the Powerhouse museum.
What was most impressive was the explanation of how they did the special effects for the original movies. I had posted that I was going on couchsurfing to see if anyone wanted to join me and the two people who did were great. We spent the morning at the museum and then went to China town for lunch. We saw part of the parade for Chinese New Year and then headed to Paddy's market. Now if I need to buy anything imaginable or unimaginable I know where to go.
We then went our separate ways and I headed off for a nice long walk. What else would I do in 41 degree heat with a stupid amount of humidity? I went through Hyde Park and the Domain and then spent some time roaming around the Botanical gardens. It is beautiful and I will go back on a cooler day to enjoy it more.
Me and my new friend.
It was then onto the Sydney Opera House. The site on the water is beautiful and the building itself is pretty impressive too. I headed back along George street where I popped into some shops to look around aka take advantage of the ac. I am happy to report that lullulemon has made it to Australia so all my yoga needs will be taken care of. Good job I decided to start doing yoga (my first class is next week).
I spent the rest of Australia Day weekend in the Southern Highlands. Spending the weekend at the traditional BBQ and watching the cricket. I did some further exploration of Morton National Park (the Park that I live on the edge of) going to Echo Point and Fitzroy Falls. They both have stunning views.