I met my friends Jeff (from New Zealand) and Carolyn (from Australia) in Manly, just north of Sydney. On the way out of town, we stopped at Homebush the site for the 2000 Olympics. A bit of a ghost town, but you could imagine the energy a few months earlier.
In the Blue Mountains we went on several "bush
walks." The area was
surprisingly tropical with huge ferns and waterfalls.
Jeff was wigged out about poisonous snakes and spiders and kept
telling us stories. It's no
wonder I woke up thinking there was a snake in the bottom of my bivy sack.
I was just ready to unzip it and crawl into the darkness with the
real poisonous creatures when I realized I was dreaming.
We only saw one snake on the trail and loads of huge lizards.
The first two nights
I went to BBQ's. The old
barbie thang is really true. The
Australians are really big on, "throw another snag (i.e., sausage) on
the barbie" and who is the weirdo clogging the barbie with veggies? :~)