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Walking Around Newcastle, Taking in the Sights
Wednesday 2nd February 2011 – Newcastle, Australia
Another sleepless night last night due to the incessant heat, and so I was up and ready in good time this morning, not wanting to waste another second in bed. I wanted to be out there enjoying the sunshine, and so a trip to the beach this morning was an absolute must.
It was very hot at the beach and I loved every second of it. I played in the sea, swimming about and body surfing the best I could. There weren’t many people about by this time, and it was nice to have much of the beach to myself. After a while more people began to turn up, and I began to realise just how good looking people in Newcastle are. The beach really brings out the attractive people; perhaps this is why I like the beach so much.
Anyway, after much fooling around in the water, and a little sun baking, I decided to come back to the hostel and see if Katie had finished her work in the hostel yet. Once she was ready we both took a walk to the nearby Bogie Pool. Here there was a pool cut out from the rock where people go to bathe. The sea crashes against the rocks and pours into the pool, constantly renewing the water inside. It was nice here, but we set off shortly after to see more around Newcastle.
Next on the list were the baths. This is a large swimming pool filled entirely of sea water. It was already quite busy at this point, and we sat for a while in the shade watching, wondering how cold it was and if we should venture in. We didn’t at this point, but that’s because we wanted to go to the shops for some food while it was open. So we did this next. We caught the free bus and bought some food which we later ate back at the hostel.
In the afternoon we decided to go back to the baths and to sample the water. It was very cold indeed and took a while to get use to, but oh so very nice to cool off from the gruelling sun. We had to put sun cream on our faces though as the sun was doing its best to burn us as we swam. In the water many little sea creatures could be seen, looking a lot like centipedes. It was funny to see, but not so great to swim around if you are someone squeamish.
This evening it was free pasta night at a local bar, and I actually thought it was very nice. After the food we had a live quiz which went on for a very long time. We had to walk away in the end as we were thoroughly bored. We opted instead to watch the live music in the next room. A group were playing blues music, and It started really well. We were all enjoying it until it began to fall apart a bit, and some of the musicians were losing their way. This seemed like a good time to leave.
Back at the hostel we watched a bit of television and decided later on a game of monopoly. It was possibly one of the most frustrating games of monopoly I have ever played in my life as it appears each nationality plays the game with different rules. We had French, German, Swedish and English, all offering their interpretation of the rules, all receiving resistance from the others. It was a long, long game, and one that I was happy to get out of in the end. A few of us went to bed leaving the rest in a heated argument.
By now I was extremely tired and ready for my bed, even if I knew I wouldn’t sleep much. The floor fan doesn’t really cut it.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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