19.03.2009 27 °C
March 19 and March 20, 2009
Today again dawned bright and sunny in the Blue Mountains, weather warmed up considerably from the night that we arrived here!
Decided to grab the 11:00 train into Sydney and check out the Royal Botanical Gardens down by the Bridge. Yep, seems like you also miss something, so with time on our hands to burn till the night train to Melbourne, we headed on in.
The first thing we heard when we entered the Gardens was the squealing and soon, we discovered what it was....seemed like millions...well at least a few thousand flying foxes. What are flying foxes? Big bats!! They are good for the Gardens but have overpopulated it and now are a threat to the Gardens so they are taking natural measures to try and lower the population. It really was quite an amazing site to see! As Dean had befriended a giant spider (orb) out when he was woofing, he was always on the lookout for webs with spiders. Soon, he had both John and I seeking out webs and there were lots to be found. It was a very people friendly garden as the first signpost invited people to walk on the grass and touch and feel the trees and flowers. Certain plants naturally had signs requesting you not to touch as they were poisonous!
Boarded the night train at 8:40 pm and got to Sydney about 7:15 amtoday. We popped our gravol and had a not bad sleep but it certainly is not the same as one's bed. We had upgraded to first class which give us more room, bigger seats and more incline which did help.
Luckily for us, the hostel didn't have someone staying in our room last night, so they let us check in right away. Dean is staying with one of his friends in St. Kilda and we are at hostel/hotel. This one is nice too. No shared bathrooms, we have an ensuite and we also have a bar fridge in the room, free internet, toaster, microwave, kettle and coffee and amenities supplied. And it is the size of a 4 star hotel room. So it's very much a mixture of hotel/hostel as it also has a community kitchen to cook, internet room (for those suckers without a laptop) and washers and dryers to use. What more could one ask for? Believe it or not, I am getting used to staying in hostels with all the young-uns. Backpacking is a huge force throughout Australia although I don't know about other countries, perhaps it is there too!
Had John good and frustrated today trying to figure out the map of St. Kilda (by the way St. Kilda is a suburb of Melbourne). All streets here have angles and it took him at least an hour of studying the map to get it straightened out in his mind....you know him and directions...he just has to know! (which is good, because if I would have turned where I wanted to, we would still be walking)
Not sure what's planned for tonight, perhaps an open air theatre, who knows?