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3 Becomes 2 in Sydney
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Sydney, Australia
It was an emotional day today, especially for the girls. One of the girls was leaving today to go back home, leaving the other behind in Australia with me. It was very sad as they had spent a while together, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad as well, as we all got on well these past couple of days.
The girls had spent a month together, and had seen much, if not all of what there was to see on the East Coast of Australia. They had certainly seen all the hot spots anyway. I was now going to travel for part of the way with my friend Katie, back up the East Coast, and I couldn’t help but wonder if she was really excited about seeing it all again. She said she was, so I guess I had no reason to doubt that.
The previous night was much better for me in terms of sleep, yet the girls had endured another bad night. I felt sorry for them, especially as I had been able to move rooms. We had breakfast again in the YHA, and spent the day in town buying gifts for Lisa to take back home with her. You begin to realise here that most souvenir shops stock the same items, but I know this is the same wherever you go in the world, or at least the places I have already been. Next we had to say our goodbyes as Lisa boarded the shuttle bus to take her to the airport. There were tears of course, and from the girls also, haha!
After all the drama, Katie and I went to the Botanical Gardens where we walked about and had lunch, then came back to the hostel for laundry duty. I hadn’t cleaned any of my clothes yet, so it was about time I did. We used this time to chill out for a bit before making plans to go to the cinema in the evening.
At just before 7pm, we set off and waited at the bus stop, looking for the free bus to take us into the city. We waited and waited, but none came, so we had to start walking. As luck would have it, the moment we chose to walk, so the bus came. We could see the bus coming and had to run to the next stop to catch it there. We must have looked a sight running down the road in our flip flops, hailing the bus driver as he passed. It worked, though, as we were able to get on and begin the short journey to Circular Quay. Here we boarded another bus to Hyde Park.
It was a fair walk from here to St George’s Open Air Cinema, and we thought we were late seeing as by now it was gone 8pm, but luckily we were in plenty of time. The film – Cyrus, I think – didn’t start until around 8.30. I should point out here that we didn’t actually get a ticket to sit in the cinema – as we had no intention of doing so – but instead sat on the steps behind the cinema watching it through the gap in the trees. It was fine watching from here, if a little uncomfortable.
During the film it rained a little, but it was just what we needed to cool ourselves down after the frantic rush to get here on time. The film was quite good, no complaints, and it was nice to be in such beautiful surroundings while watching a film. I wish we had this sort of thing back home, but we certainly don’t have the weather for it there. It was a long walk back to the hostel, and we chose to walk rather than get the bus, but stopped for dinner on the way. It was fairly late when we got back, and we were both tired, so we grabbed our clothes from the laundry and went to bed.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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