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The State We’re In » Blog Archive » "Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone." -The Dhammapada

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.” -The Dhammapada

Well, John managed to finally get me in front of the computer screen to write an entry…Here goes.
I start with a quote not because thats how I usually do things (in fact, its deffinantly not my style…), but because I am deathly afraid of the comparisons that will be made between this work and the others on this site. So if those of you out there who know me think all of this is a little highfalutin, that would be the reason why.
This entry is coming to you from the internet cafe next door to our hostel (”The Maze Hostel”, which would more appropriatly be named “The Shitty But Yet Somehow Still Highly Rated On The Internet Hostel With Bathrooms That Compare Favorably Only To Those Whose Foundations Include A Large Collection Facility Containing A Even Larger Amount Of …..” and so on) here in Sydney. After finding this place on the internet, and paying for four nights up front, we are now stuck. Luckily we have been incredibly busy the entire time we’ve been here in Sydney, so our exposure to the pestilence that is our hostel has been minimal.
Despite the motivation for a quote, I could not imagine a better sentiment for my feelings of the trip thus far. The group that ended up falling together for this trip couldnot be any better. With each day I find I respect each one of my travel mates more (they are also a lot of fun to get drunk with). Anyway, enough drivel…
My mind has been going through a slow but exciting process for the last few days. Memories of my study abroad time here in Sydney have slowly been surfacing through the wreckage that was once my brain. As these memories have come to light, I have been dragging our little cadre on increasingly more random and farfetched adventures through the back alleys of what is once again becoming one of my favorite cities in the world.
Sydney is a place that has it all, and we’ve found most of it. After getting up at 5 in the morning on Saterday to get our flight out of Auckland, a nap was the first priority once we were all checked in here in Oz Land. Then it was right out on the town to enjoy an evening of rugby followed by a night of carrousing. The second NZ All Blacks vs. the British and Irish Lions game was quickly followed by a match between the Australian Wallabies and the French Tri-colors.
While we were all jazzed up for the NZ-Lions game, we felt the second match was of less interest. Just to keep our attention peaked we decided a little additional motivation would be a good idea. Thus Matt, John and I (not Louis, since he’s smart…) found ourselves in possesion of little slips of paper that would be good for $60 each if the heavy underdog Tri-colors pulled out a victory. Besides motivating us to match the game, this allowed us to drink away our sorrows for the rest of the night as the Tri-colors sucked as much as Pentagon empoyees slurping down Freedom Toast.
The next day was filled with all the predictable big city activities which Matt covered so well in his earlier post. We got a little of everything, from a street fair to a nuclear power aircraft carrier.
Today was again dominatedby my obsession with reliving my study abroad days (if I laid down on a couch and worked all this out I’m sure it would be much scarrier and not nearly as much fun…). So off to the Bondi-Coogee cliff walk it was. This runs down the coast of the city between the country’s two most famous beaches. The walk varries from a hundred feet above the beakers to right down on the sand of the incredible Sydney sand. This was followed by a few of the world famous Flavors of Northern India Spicy Potatoe Balls (a addiction I have yet to kick even after not exercizing it for 2 years! Even heroin ain’t that good). To round out another day on the wrong side of the globe we went for a sunset ferry ride accross the Sydney harbor and yet again John did his best to get us beat up (need it be said that having Matt’s 200+ pounds with us everywhere we go is the only thing that has kept us from various calcium related injuries?). Then it was back to our shithole hostel for a nice dinner washed down with G+Ts.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, another day in paradise…

p.s. I know it got a little episodic there at the end, I’ll try and do better next time!

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