The Aboriginal People here in Australia send their young men on walkabouts where they, in essence, “find themselves.” I guess this is my walkabout, but rather than finding myself, I’d rather find some animals. Simply put, Australian animals are really quite strange. In fact, 83% of the mammals on this continent exist nowhere else in the world.
Unfortunately, since I’m staying in the middle of urban sprawl, I’m unlikely to run into many wild animals. So I was forced to head to the Taronga Zoo.
From there, I did what you do in Australia. I met my friends at a bar. Here’s what’s most interesting about Australian bars. Many include a small casino. What do you think we did? Yup. We played (a/k/a lost).
As you can imagine, we nursed our wounds with beer, which means that when I woke up this morning, I was a bit…umm…slow. But I was still ready to see more animals. So I headed to Wildlife Sydney, which is a private zoo. It was even better than Taronga because they let visitors get right up close with the gentler animals. I used a lot of sanitary hand lotion afterward.
This afternoon, I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It’s one of those classic “must-do” attractions. It’s probably one of the top ten things I’ve done on this RTW Adventure. The views were amazing and it’s a well-run operation. If you’re in the neighborhood, you ought to do it. As my souvenir t-shirt says, “1,390 stairs . . . and I climbed it!” Two hours have never passed so quickly.
It’s wedding season here, apparently. And my hotel is a hotspot. This evening, I could crash Clark & Kelly’s, Jason & Nimra’s, or Bryan & Mary-Jane’s weddings. Instead, I’m watching a James Bond marathon.
By the way, I’ve heard that some of you have been discussing my beard. I’ll leave you with an ad that I saw today.
If it’s any relief, it likely won’t last past this trip.
Oh, and one more thing…I thought you might like to see the local Christmas decorations.