Back on the outside?

It is now 12:20am Sunday and we have arrived back in Sydney from our adventure into the the interior of Oz.
On Monday we flew to Alice Springs and the delight of 38 deg’s; which is quite warm.
On Tuesday we were taken by coach to see some big rocks and the big red rock in the middle of the desert know as Uluru which is actually quite spectacular.
On Wednesday we flew to Cairns.
Thursday we snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef which is stunningly stunning
Friday we caught the narrow gauge train to Kuranda and the cable car back.
Saturday we sent around Cairns before flying Sydney and the delights of an Eagles Concert in the Olympic Park.

In the morning our great Oz adventure will end as we make our way back to good’ol UK for Monday morning.

Happiness:

Busy is the word

It’s been busier than Hollywood since I last posted.

Friday I ended up spending a lot of time working on the project to (again) make little progress. Hopefully something can be sorted this week. (It needs to be done by next Thursday)

The weekend was all about stage crew training. On Saturday I learnt about patching lights and using sound effects to improve how a band sounds.

On Sunday I setup and ran video for the gig. We had 10 cameras in the end and 6 people helping operate cameras. It was brilliant fun and definitely the most successful video I’ve ever done for a gig.

Monday was nothing special. I met up with my housemates for next year (don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the special post) and we looked at the university’s housing list. I’m really excited about living with them next year, it’s gonna be really great.

Today I think all the commotion caught up with me. I’ve been really, really tired all day, which hasn’t been good. Sophie made everyone pancakes which we’re really tasty! Tonight I’m off to comedy night (I’d never miss that!) and then straight to bed.

The week in brief:

  • Wednesday. Maths lecture, programming, media lab club.
  • Thursday. Lost, work
  • Friday. Don’t know
  • Weekend. ???

The thing is that at the moment there are a few things up in the air about this week and I need to see how much work I get/get done before I decide whether I’ll go or not.

  • Happiness: 7/10
  • Workload: 7/10
  • Last meal: PANCAKES!!!! (thanks Sophie!)
  • Thought for the day: Looking forward to Laser Quest next Tuesday

It’s not normally like this!

Hi again from Oz.

We are back in Sydney after our holiday from the holiday so have time for a quick post before heading off into the great wide interior tomorrow. It is currently 8:45pm on Sunday here on the day that Australia held a Day Of Mourning for the victims of the Victoria Bush Fires on what they are calling Black Monday. Not surprising the dreadful news has dominated the news agenda whilst we have been here. It has been insightful to read the news reports and articles about the horrendous experiences that individuals have had.

Of course we have not been directly affected as we have gone about our business of being tourists. On Thursday we went for a walk around the local bay before assisting Ken in collecting his daughter and family from the airport, before we headed off for a last visit into Sydney with a walk across the Harbour Bridge (at road level). A quick meal in the local Italian and then it was a three hour drive north to Forster arriving at about 1am.

Friday we had a walk along 1 mile beach before tking the boat out onto the ocal sea lake for a trip. Great ful weaving between the oyster beds.

Saturday it was off in the boat again this time on the fresh water lake off to Sandy Beach which turned out to be flooded as the water level was 1metre higher than normal (that will be the rain we had) or as K+K said letting us know ‘it’s not normally like this’. A lovely and relaxing spot only accessible by boat.

Toady we journeyed back via the Hunter Valley and a number of the wineries to sample their delights.

Off to Alice tomorrow and the start of week 2 of the great Oz adventure.

Happiness: 12/10
Workload: -7/10
Photos taken: 576
Thought for the day: I don’t think my insurance covers me for that!

Busy Week: Friday

Well, I wasnt’ wrong when I said it would be a busy week. Here’s the consensus:

Monday. The stage crew AGM was brilliant. Not only as I was elected VEO, but that the rest of the committee are people I know will be dedicated to getting things done. Not to mention the curry afterwards, that was the best curry I’ve had in ages (probably because I didn’t have to do the washing up!)

Tuesday. I finished my programming assignment and submitted it. Did my laundry. The MAD TV meeting had a sparse turnout, but I’m confident the interest will pick up when the show had been publically launched.

It turned out I didn’t have time to go climbing this week because I instead finally met up with my housemates for next year. We got on really well and seem to all have similar interests (my next special post will hopefully be about the whole house situation and the story so far)

Wednesday. Tried to do work on my project, but failed. Will try again today after doing a bit more research. Got some free safety boots from stage crew. Steel-toed, pretty suave.

Thursday. Me and James had a brilliant time together. James cooked us both a great green curry and then we went for a short walk to the cathedral and back. Went to the student bar to listen to some artists at open mic night then finished off by going to one of my friend’s parties. I really enjoyed myself and it looked like James did too.

Friday. Today I have to make some headway with my project work. Then tonight I’m going over to Josh’s to help him replace his hard drive. Who said I didn’t know how to have fun?

  • Happiness: 7.5/10
  • Workload: 7/10
  • Last meal: Cereal
  • Thought for the day: “If you ever need a dancing crow, you know who to call”

A view from the downside

It is Wednesday evening here in Oz. This will probably be the last post as we are off to Forster tomorrow evening. We will return late on Sunday in time to set off into the interior on Monday morning.

On Tuesday we continued to do battle with the rain. We caught the ferry to Manly on the other side of the harbour and enjoyed a long walk along the waterfront path to Spit Bridge before returning for fish and chips on the beach. A quick ferry trip back and a walk down to Paddy’s Market to find it closed before heading back for tea and a trip to the pub.

Last night it rained loads, parts of NSW are flooded, but sadly it does not seem to be raining in Victoria where they could do with it.

Undeterred this morning we stuck with the plan and headed off to Coogee for the coastal walk to Bondi Beach. Pretty good walk it was too especially when as we turned the headland into Bondi the sun came out at long last. A quick paddle and bus ride later saw us at Paddys Market again to find it still closed but this time we found the sign that says ot opens on Thursday’s Friday’s and Saturday’s. We ambled around a bit as we made our way to explore the delights of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay where had a few beers and dinner then watched all the lights come after sunset before we made our journey back to the tram and Lilyfield.

It was great to finally feel that Oz sunshine. Just in time me thinks before we head off into the heat of Alice next week.

(Sorry no pics in the posting as how to do that was not in my training!)

Happiness: 9.5/10
Workload: -5/10
Photos taken: 426
Thought for the day: It’s just the one Stella tonight please!

Video Equipment Officer

I have been elected as the Stage Crew Video Equipment Officer (VEO)!

I’m really excited about being VEO because it means that I have not only been recognised by the crew as being competent with video equipment, but I also become part of the Stage Crew committee. This means I can contribute largely to how stage crew is operated and run, and can get really involved with all aspects of crewing.

I thought I needed to share that with you, so there you go! YAY!

  • Happiness: 8/10
  • Workload: 8/10
  • Last meal: Curry at a restaurant in Guildford
  • Thought for the day: I’ve already done one

Note: Aren’t you lucky, 3 posts in 1 day!