July 02, 2004

Sydney-a recent email I sent to friends

Hello Boys and Girls!

We have arrived safe and sound in Sydney after more than 24 hours in Flights and waiting in crummy airports. Needless to say, we were glad to walk out into the cool air of Sydney. Australians are wusses: they wear thick winter coats, scarves and mittens when the weather is that of a nice fall day in the Washington DC area. Well since our check-in was at 12 and
we arrived around 6am, we set off for a long visit of the city, only to come back at 3PM and sleep until the next day. Sydney strikes me as being a bit like Toronto, kind of hip and cool but much much smaller (we walked from one end to the other in less than 30 mins) and full of Asians, presumably from Japan: "Shasin kudasai", "ah, kawai desu!".

Our hostel is incredibly cool with colorful couch, young people and good food. It's well equiped with phones, tour guides, showers (thank god because 24 hours of travelling REQUIRES a good half hour shower), internet cafes and travel agencies. I don't think it gets much better than that. Tonight we fly to Cairns where I hope that we get to do more "outback" stuff such as eating bugs and getting bitten by snakes. OK my half hour internet is up!

xoxo D.




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