OK, I think my internet connection is rocking and rolling now. We shall see. I left out quite a bit about my first couple of days in Australia. I mentioned that the first day was exhausting due to the long wait at the Christchurch, New Zealand Airport; and then the wasted time spent at the rental car kiosk at the Sydney Airport, which resulted in me taking an expensive and long taxi ride to the Sydney Holiday Park I was staying at for the next few days.
The 2nd day was even more exhausting, but that was my fault. During the transfer from the train to the bus, I mistakenly got on the wrong train, which went to some ‘burb named Bankstown. Arrrggghhh! Wrong town Steve. I was supposed to get on a train to Blacktown, then transfer to a bus, which would then take me to the place I was staying at.
I had left Sydney’s city center at approximately 5pm and should have been “home” by 6:15pm max. I didn’t realize my mistake until around 7pm. I screwed up so bad, that I had to transfer to another train at Lidicombe (SP?), which was the only train route that was going to Blacktown. It was around 8pm by the time I rolled into Blacktown and I still had a bus to catch to where I was staying. Oh, did I mention I had a walk of approximately one mile from where the bus would drop me off? I hadn’t eaten since 1pm and when the bus dropped me off near a Thai noodle joint and Coles grocery store, I decided to get a quick bowl of Thai noodles and then hit the grocery store for some fruit and other snacks.
In my previous blog post, I mentioned Adrian and Cameron, and their mother, Tracy. My battery was going dead on my tablet, so I wasn’t able to explain why I was thanking them in the blog post. Essentially, I was lost and I asked these two kids (Adrian and Cameron) where the Sydney Gateway Holiday Park was. They had a smartphone and using the google map app., they gave me directions to the Park. While discussing this, my RTW trip came up. They were quite curious about this and so I told them a bit about my trip thus far and my itinerary going forward. After a few minutes, I left them and began my walk home. Frankly, I only had a general idea where I was staying. It was night, so I was “winging it,” based upon what I could recall from the day before and what Adrian and Cameron told me a few minutes earlier. The only thing I was thinking about was getting home, taking a shower, and going to sleep.
Then I heard a horn beep. I turned around and at the light, I could barely make out someone waving toward me and yelling what I thought was, “Come here.” I walked toward the car and it turned out to be Adrian and Cameron, with their mom, Tracy (whom I hadn’t met yet). After introductions, they drove me to the Park. I told Tracy about my blog and said I would mention their kindness in my blog. I said my goodbyes and stumbled into my room, where I took a shower and went to bed.
The following pictures encompass my first few days in Sydney. Enjoy. 🙂