macado's se asia adventure I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

6Sep/060

Crikey! I’m in Sydney, Australia!

Figured I would update everyone again.  I've arrived safely in Australia or rather safely as a 10.5 hour flight could be with 2 raging crying babies sitting directly next to me and with a broken headphone jack in my seat unable to block out any form of sound. Needless to say the flight was not fun but I got here in one piece minus a bit of permanent hearing damage and emotion trama.

I've been in Sydney for about 3 days now. I'm staying with same mates that I met in Thailand and Malaysia who have a flat about 5 minutes from Bondi beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia.  Luckily, they let me crash on their coach for a few days for which I am grateful. The location is perfect, lots of little cafe and bars in the area though Sydney is wicked expensive and i've already spent like 250 Australian Dollars (190 USD).   All of them have pretty much settled into Sydney for a bit working to save up money to travel and drink. Except Chris who is a lazy bastard (just kidding Chris if you're reading this). He already completed his working holiday visa in Australia a few years back so he can't legally work here but he is looking for applying to jobs in New Zealand.

First thing I did to do when I got here was buy a sweatshirt. The beaches here are fanastic and the sun is extremely bright but it's still really cold.  I'd rather be having Boston weather right now. Temperate has been in the 60s though if seems to average around 51 to 51 degrees in the morning.  I wouldn't mind going swimming though, the water is still like a hundred times warmer than Boston is even during the winter.

Other than that I haven't done too much. I did the coastal walk from Bondi beach to another beach which name I can't remember. The coast is littered with little coves and bays with small beaches and cold-hardened surfers looking to catch some waves.  I also walked around the main area of Sydney to see the Sydney harbor bridge and the Opera House, two of Sydney's biggest icons.

Went out drinking one night to experience some of Australia's finest lagers.  Good beer here though it's not a bargain. Similar prices to back in Boston maybe a bit cheaper if you can find some smaller bars.  The food in a western country is something I really missed though

I had been craving a good steak for the longest time and Australian steaks are fanastic.  It's something you don't really think about when traveling but the difference is amazing.  There are also other little things you miss in westernized countries like being able to drink water straight from the tap or shallowing water in the shower without becoming deathly ill and growing a third arm.  The first night I got here we all went out and treated ourselves to steaks. Every place around here seems to have specials every night that serve "10 Dollar Steaks." One minor problem is there are lots of foreigners here so sometimes it can be a bit hard to understand them and vice-versa.   What we thought were "10 Dollar Steaks" were actually intrepreted as "Tender loin steaks" by our really nice Swedish waitress.  As a result, the steaks which we thought were a bargain for 10 dollars a piece were actually 30 dollar pieces of prime beef. In the end we came to a resolve when we spoke to manager (who remembered us specifically asking about $10 dollar steaks) and waitress who ended up not charging us for 2 steaks. So basically we paid 15 bucks for a really nice steak with fries.  Not too bad but I think the waitress was a bit embarassed, we could tell she was new.

Not really sure what else i'm going to do. I can't really have a big night tonight since everyone needs to get up for their jobs in the morning but I believe we all plan on having a big night out on Friday or Saturday. I figure i'll walk around a bit more and soak up more of Australia before I head to New Zealand to continue my travel experiences as a working stiff in a 9-5 job for a few months.

A couple more things.  It feels weird being in Australia exactly around the time Steve Irwin died.  He's been in all the papers over here as i'm sure he has in the United States. Though a lot of Australians were pretty indifferent to him due to the fact that he mainly propagated the stereotypical Australian myth of "Crikey!  All Australians live in the bush, hunt crocs and eat snakes...G'Day Mate! Shrimp on the barbey bullshit"

Steve though is still respected and admired as true environmentalist with lots of energy and passion for what he did.  I just hope he is rememebered for all his good deed he did and not his wacky television antics.  They say his last brave act as everyone's favorite Australian on TV was to pull the stringray's poisonous barb from his chest before losing consciousness.  The big controvery over here right now is whether they're actually going to release the video of his death.  I believe his wife and family want it destroyed, though in this day and age with the Internet I have little doubts that some sick bastard will get ahold of it and publish it on the Internet in all its' full glory.

Anyway Yeah...as you know Australia is not entirely like that but many peoples' only real knowledge of Australia comes from three things. Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Dundee, and the Discovery Channel.  So essentially Australia is now without their main quirky and overly nature zealous ambassador to the world. Crocodile Dundee is now too old and the Discovery Channel has turned gay with reality home TV shows and ARGHH! Motorcycles I'M A BAD ASS BULLSHIT programming. What will the world do? People are comparing it to the day John Lenon and JFK died. Not sure i'd go that far but you got to admit, he was a legend. I feel bad for his family.

Now on to something more prosperous and hopeful. I've heard from across the pond by many wisemen and fishermen tales talk of this straight and exotic continent possessing something I like to call favored liquid crack in a large plastic cup with ice and sugar! Dunkin Donuts coffee!  Yes, somewhere on this massive island there are Dunkin Donuts coffee shops.  Though it's not really a big thing in the rest of the world. In the Northeast of the United States, especially Boston it borders on religious fanaticism and muslim extremist bombings. In the vicinity of my house in Revere, I think I literally have 20 Dunkin Donuts. I would actually consider Dunkin Donuts part of a Bostonians' essential diet. Like Fish and Chips in England or Clam Chowda in New England, the coffee isn't even that great; you just drink it all the time.  Like a crack addict shooting up in the morning, I like to have my Medium Iced French Vanilla with skim milk and 3 equal everyday.  Anyway, someday in my travels I hope to find this gold liquid because as stupid as it sounds I desperately miss it.  Shit.. I just almost wrote an entire paragraph dedicated to coffee, sorry.