I opened my eyes and it was morning. Loved One was beside me but I had no memory of her getting into bed. I lay there for a while listening to the noises coming from the street.
Our hosts made us eggs and bacon for breakfast this morning washed down with gallons of tea. It was a wonderful way to start a day.
We joined a free tour of the city, two young girls dressed in green tee-shirts emblazoned with “I’m free” waited at the meeting point. The other clients were sheltering from the rain under the nearby stairs. One of the girls led us around the sights and buildings of Sydney giving us a short explanation at each stop. It gave us a wonderful overview but I was surprised that she didn’t know who William Bligh was. Then again neither did anyone else in the group.
We passed a bakery on the way home and thought that a pie for lunch was a good idea. It was odd that none of the goods had prices on them and we found out why when we sat down. They were probably the most expensive pies in the world. We left and had some soggy greasy chips instead.
We went on a cruise of the harbour this evening so that we could see the lights of vivid Sydney. The cruise included a meal and it seemed that some of the other guests were determined to eat their bodyweight in the frankly mediocre food. We speculated on people’s ability to gather “free stuff” and then throw it away.
The light show projected onto the buildings was absolutely amazing. The centre piece was the projection onto the opera house although the harbour bridge did its stunning best.
It started to rain when we got off the boat although you would have thought it was sulphuric acid by the reactions of people. We watched from the cover of the quay side as the rain beat down forcing everyone to make the choice between getting we or taking cover. Most chose cover.
The railway station was full of refugees from the rain steam in gently and held at the barriers to stop platform overcrowding.
We found our hosts watching television. They gave us instructions on how to shut down the system that seemed more complicated than the conduction of a flat pack wardrobe. I failed to follow the steps correctly so part of it stayed on all night.