A vacation from my vacation 3 days in? Sure why not. So a friend of Katie was having her Birthday party this weekend in a town called Bathurst which was a few hours in land from Sydney. It was dry weather finally, although my fresh tan didn’t like it, it was nice to not feel like I was sweating all the time. Crazy thing was it cooled off so much at night even though it was high 20s during the day…I could actually see my breath walking home form the bar!
On the way there we stopped in the Blue Mountains as Katoomba which is a town that has access to the three sisters which is a set of mountains in the ‘aussie bush’. Side note…my photos are too high res to upload right now, I’m trying to find a solution. Will get them up as soon as i can! It was crazy beautiful, all you could see was tree covered plateaus for miles…I suppose being Albertan, few things actually qualify as mountains. It was great to see non-beach Australia! There was also a very miniature version of Oktoberfest happening!
We started the night at ‘Trivia Night’ which I have never heard of back home… apparently it’s big here. There were 9 rounds of questions and you’re in tables of 10, bring your own food and liquor, and answer the questions. There were tons of prizes, and mini head/tails activities between rounds. So much fun! The only answers (out of 100) that I got pertained to the Big Bang Theory and Fifty Shades of Grey, funny how some things are universal… sad that 50 shades is one of them. Anyway…I’m totally intrigued by the format of the fundraiser and will have one when I’m home, so worry not, you too will experience Saturday night in Bathurst.
We went to a pub after which was actually way bigger than I thought it would be. The rest of the town was totally dead, but the bar was full (I THINK it was called the oxford). Drinks were the same price as home which I found to be quite exciting as everything else is an arm and a leg more expensive. They also played Gangnam Style on consecutively for 10 minutes… Between that and the international students on campus, I forget I’m even in Australia. We went to a breakfast place called the Hub which was excellent breakfast…$20 breakfast burrito…so if for some reason you travel to Bathurst, check it out.
As for now the plan can go a number of ways. I’ve applied for a few au pair positions, or I might fly to Cairns and take a greyhound down the coast for a couple months. Don’t worry, “nobody’s been decapitated here yet” -travel agent. We’ll see…but it will be a quick decision. Oh, there’s also $35 flights to Melbourne, so that is a possibility as well. Anyway I’m off to the beach to even out my tan. The hole in the Ozone has resulted in my arms, legs, and face becoming leathery brown while my stomach remains painfully white as Canadian snow. … enjoy that by the way.