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Lynette Queen of the Desert

Sydney is a huge city - beautiful - but big. Dave and I stayed at a very small hotel in a part of Sydney called Newtown. This area is known for quite a few things including cheap cafes (where we ate a lot of our meals), funky shops - like there was a shop called buttons where all they sold were - you guessed it funky buttons, and its happening gay and lesbian scene. I read in the guide book that in Newtown there is a world famous drag show which is what inspired the cult classic movie "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." I have to say - that Dave and I, in our wrinkled shirts and adventure pants were definitely the most unhippest of people in Newtown. It was cool though, to stay in an untouristy part of Sydney and eat amongst the residents. We did make it down to central Sydney and not only saw the Sydney Opera House but also walked across the Harbor Bridge and went to this funky county fair like amusement park called Luna. We ate at a pub or hotel as they were once called and I looked around at one point and was the only female besides the bartender in this very packed bar. Turns out that still to this day - going to the pub is a total male bonding experience you do with your "mates." I read that walking into a pub in Australia can be very uncomfortable for females and also for males who are strangers. This is even more evident in the more rural parts of Australia - crazy! We also went to Chinatown which is in full swing celebrating the Chinese New Year. They say that they have the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside of of China.

We left Sydney this morning and are now in Katoomba, which is a town in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Although it is raining and foggy so our views are limited. It is supposed to rain for the next 3 days so I'm not sure if we are going to see any magnificent views which is a bummer. Hopefully it will clear up a little for us though. OK everyone. Till next time.

Lynette

Posted by schuckley 23:27

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