Hope I have enough internet capacity to upload a video of the game, but we spontaneously decided to go to an ARL match (Australian Rules Football). We had woken up around noon and were just like “lets go see a game”. Turns out the Sydney Cricket and sports grounds, which is about a 30,000 person stadium are within walking distance of our apartment. We took a walk over to the stadium, only to discover that it was sold out. Had a longer than expected search for an atm and then bought two $35 tickets essentially for general admission. Realizing that our tickets didn’t even have a seat number on them, we just climbed to the area with the most empty green seats. Although it took us a while to determine the basic rules, it was an awesome atmosphere and the Sydney Swans came out with a win in the end.
Weve been keeping pretty quiet lately. Did a walk along the coast line from Bondi to Bronte beach which had some awesome views but got a bit chilly when the sun started to go down. Other than that weve been hanging out on our 10-4 grind. Played another game for the Titans in the mens bball league, took us 2 games to realize that they were far more frustrating than talented so I doubt well be playing with them again. We hung out with Sofie and Andrew last night- two friends of the Sheltons. No big plans for the weekend just hoping to catch a rugby or “footy” game and make it to the zoo if we can get our act together. And in the down time, game of thrones (the hbo show) has been keeping us very entertained
We got up early Saturuday morning to go check out the Blue Mountains national park about 2 hour train ride outside of Sydney. We couldn’t have picked a better idea despite being horribly unprepared. We had some trouble figuring out the train schedule but once we got on our way it was flawless from there. We arrived in Katoomba and essentially walked straight from the train station until we reached the cliff, a strategy i think its safe to say most tourists don’t use. The mountains had awesome views provided by a path that wound its way through a rainforest. This was the first time I actually felt like it was their winter, mostly because of the strong wind which also made looking over the edge of a cliff a bit more interesting. Ben didnt necessarily enjoy all the heights or get as close as possible to the edge but he powered through and we got to see most of what the park had to offer after about 4 hours of walking. Have a ton of pictures from the day but with this internet ill just post a few
We had an awesome week eventhough it began with some pretty awful cuisine. On Sunday we went to Pier, a seafood restaurant that was arguably the best food ive ever had. Fresh seafood, sweet spot, Pier had it all. On Monday we decided we’d see what we were made of in the kitchen and attempted a chicken stir fry. After over cooking the rice by a mile, having terrible chicken and a disgusting sauce we cut our loses and had a bag of Doritos. Since then, we’ve checked out Manly beach which is a ferry ride across the harbor and even got recruited to a mens basketball league. We were shooting around on the public courts and a guy walked by and asked us if we wanted to play in a league game cause they were short guys. We got a good game in with refs, a clock and the whole bit eventhough we both played some pretty poor basketball. I think we’ll have a shot to redeem ourselves and play for the Titans again tho. Looking forward to the weekend, been learning a lot at work but still very low stress and responsibility…just the way I like it
Today was one of the first sunny days we have gotten since we arrived, so we decided that we had to take advantage of it. After a fun night at the Iguana bar in Kings Cross last night and getting some good rest it felt nice to stretch the legs. We wandered through the gardens, checked out the NSW Art museum (surprising I know), came across a pretty high class boat harbor and then made our way back along the water.