Written by Tom
17/03/2009 - 24/05/2009 23 °C
I got back to Sydney on the 16th March and was very thankful to Mike and Emily for putting me up again. Whilst Coralie was in New Zealand for a month (she has promised she will eventually get around to writing the blog for her time there) I started searching for a job. After a week though I decided to take a break from the job hunting for a bit and headed back up to Byron Bay to catch up with Mum, Steve and Lee.
The weather in Byron was great and Steve & I spent most of every day there body surfing the waves whilst Mum sunbathed. We generally drank too much wine and had a fantastic time. On the drive back to Sydney we seemed to be in the middle of tremendous rains. Luckily we decided to spend the night in Port Macquarie to break up the drive and not Coffs Harbour as that night the town flooded really badly. The next day we drove on to Nelson Bay about 2 hours from Sydney and as there was nothing else to do in the rain we went to the Shark & Ray Centre. It was fantastic and we got to stroke and feed all these rays and sharks and I even swam with them.
Back in Sydney I spent a few days with Mum & Steve before they flew back to England. Then at Easter I met up with Dave and Katie Pearce (old Reading Uni friends) who were on their way back to England after spending 6 months in L.A. We had a few nights of drinking together and a pizza on the last night. Great to see them again.
Then I knuckled down to get some work, completing my OHSS course to get certified to work on building sites. I then started to find some random jobs. Unfortunately the work was not constant (average 2 days a week) and did not pay great as well as being totally undesireable jobs. But still, it gave me some beer money.
Shortly after Dave & Katie left, Coralie got back from her month in New Zealand. I picked her up from the airport after pretending I had overslept and forgotten to collect her. We were both delighted to see each other again and promised we wouldn't spend so long apart from each other again.
I continued to do some odd jobs I got through an agency but the work was not constant and wasn't enough to keep us in Australia and Coralie couldn't seem to get any work.
We therefore decided we would head back to the UK and try to find work there instead. To break the long 24hr journey back to London up a bit we decided we would stop in Singapore for a day and also 10 days in Bali as we had heard such good things about the place.
Before we left Australia we had a week of sightseeing. We walked around the Botanical Gardens and saw some of Sydney in fantastic weather.
The best thing we did that last week was an overnight trip to the Blue Mountains which are just 1.5hrs from Sydney by car. We did some long walks down something like 800 steps into the heart of the forest on the first day.
We got a great sunset that night near the Three Sisters lookout.
We had also managed to land ourselves a fantastic B&B for the night in Katoomba where they only had a spa room left...oh well. It was so nice and sweet and very english feeling and we even had a four-poster bed.
On the second day after a delicious full english breakfast at the b&b we did walk in the blue mountians at a place called Black Heath before driving onto Wentworth Falls. Here we did another fantastic walk.
On the last couple of days in Sydney we took Mike and Emily for a steak dinner at Wooloomooloo to thank them for putting us up for so long. If it wasn't for them we would of had to come home long ago.
Finally on Sunday 24th May we drove to Sydney airport to fly to Singpore for a brief night before flying onto Bali. Goodbye Sydney...what a great city!