Spring Break!

Posted: March 21, 2008    Categories: Australasia, Australia, Pacific/Oceania

One problem with traveling for so long is that you lose track of what day it is. There is really no distinction between weekdays and weekends for me anymore. Everything just runs into each other.

Normally that isn’t a big deal, but it has really screwed me up this weekend. For starters, i had no clue that it was Easter. It turns out that this part of Sydney is really popular during Easter weekend. Many of the “backpackers” suddenly started wearing sequin dresses and sport coats tonight. I think there is a crowd that just comes to Sydney for spring break to go to clubs and get drunk. Or at least they behave as if that were the case.

It has been overcast and raining all day today. I did manage to walk down the the harbor and see the bridge and the opera house. The opera house is really unimpressive up close. Have you ever seen a building that was built in the late 60s or early 70s and it is really dated by the architecture and the materials used? Usually, the buildings have a lot of cement and tile and they don’t look like they would stand the test of time. That is basically the Sydney Opera House. It looks great from a distance, but up close, it sort of looks cheesy. For some reason, I always assumed that the exterior of the building was metal. It isn’t. It’s tile. It looks like something they would have built at Disney World to show what the future would be like in the early 70s, but in reality it just ends up looking like the early 70s.

The harbor bridge is just the opposite of the Opera House. It is an old bridge. It isn’t the biggest or longest bridge in the world, but it is really impressive up close. Much of it comes from being able to see it up close from the foot of the bridge. It looks like something out of the 19th century. There is nothing futuristic about it. They have a walking tour where you can literally walk over the top of the arch of the bridge. You have to wear safety harnesses and such. I’m considering doing it.

Because it was good Friday, I spent most of today thinking it was Saturday. Everything was closed. In addition to the kiddies here for spring break, there is also a cruise ship in port. I have no desire to ever actually go on a cruise, but I am impressed as hell by the ships. I would want to take a cruise just to get tours of the boat. I could easily spend a week looking at the engines, the control room, and all the backstage stuff. Maybe I will do it in when I’m in the Caribbean….

I plowed through a ton of photos today. If you go to Flickr you can see all my Great Ocean Road photos, all my Melbourne photos, and a good chunk of my Mungo photos. I’ve also made some updates to my map. Tomorrow, assuming the weather is good, I’ll go do all the stereotypical photos of the bridge and opera house.

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