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The Last Day in Newcastle
Monday 7th February 2011 – Newcastle, Australia
My time in Newcastle was rapidly coming to an end, and I had to spend the day sorting out my next moves as well as enjoying what time I had left here. I love Newcastle, and I know I will be coming back here before my time in Australia was over. It’s nice to have been here in the summer months, but now I was heading north.
I used the morning while Katie was working to sort out bus times and to look at whether the train might be a good option. It appears the Greyhound might be my best option though. I started to get my things packed, but it seems I have more than what I set out with.
Katie and I spent the day wandering about Newcastle, walking along the water front, climbing the lookout tower, and visiting a few points of interest around the city. It was nice to see a little bit more of the place, and only fuelled my desire to return one day. It wasn’t the hottest of days due to the storm from yesterday, but it was warm enough. I wondered how cold it got here in the winter months.
Back at the hostel Katie and I decided to use a stain remover that we had recently bought for our clothes. We wanted to get rid of the discolour on our whites, mine due to the after sun cream I had been using. I hadn’t realised the cream had a tanning agent in it, and all my whites had turned orange round the collar. Unfortunately, we didn’t read the instructions carefully enough and poured the solution onto the clothes rather than into the machine first. We now had whites stained orange and blue. After a while soaking in a basin, we managed to eradicate most of the new blue colour, and after the wash cycle they looked a little better.
We used the afternoon to chill and relax, whilst I went to book the Greyhound for tomorrow. It was all-you-can-eat pizza night at the hostel, so we all ate all we could eat. It’s funny that you end up spending a certain amount of money for all the pizza you can eat, whereas you could spend less on just one pizza for yourself and end up with more food. Either way it was a good evening, and at least this way you had a selection of pizzas.
We exchanged emails with everyone, got a few photos and said our goodbyes. Later I finished my packing and was all set for the day ahead of me tomorrow. It would be sad to leave this place as I have become rather attached to it now. I was looking forward to coming back at any rate.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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