Friday, April 16, 2004
Surfers Paradise Digest:
I'm out of this country in three weeks. Jeez.
This is my spring (autumn) break week, and I spent the first half in Melbourne, a very European city (met a LOT of Brits making the Ramsay Street pilgrimage). They've also got an awful new area called Federation Square, which is crap modern art personified, and totally clashes with the Victorian style of the rest of the city. Also went down to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Tennis Centre (home of the Australian Open), and Telstra Dome, where I caught an Aussie Rules football game (to go with the Rugby League game I saw in Sydney). Also went to St. Kilda beach.
Tuesday was spent day touring to Phillip Island, with a wildlife sanctuary (including wombats rescued off the road), a koala sanctuary (where you can see them up close), and the world-famous (apparently) Penguin Parade, which was really cool.
Been up at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast since Wednesday. It's everything you'd expect from a beach town, with family and 20-something entertainment. I've spent a lot of time on the beach, trying to get my tan back so it looks good when I get home, since the Sydney weather is actually getting relatively chilly!
Tomorrow will be spent day touring again, up on the Sunshine Coast, to the Australia Zoo (home of the Crocodile Hunter), and Underwater World, as seen on The Amazing Race.
Perfect segue to reality tv, as this blog tends to do. I see The Apprentice is ending this week, just in time for it to start in Australia, where I'll probably see...the first two weeks I've already seen! Hopefully, someone somewhere has it on tape.
Survivor. I've seen one episode of the past four. Fortunately, it was the Survivor quiz immunity challenge, which I completely destroyed (with the exception of the Survivor 1 bugs question, I went with grubs too). Scared the people in my hostel by rattling off the stuff so quickly. It's finally getting interesting, and I think my trip is timed so that the finale is on the Sunday after I get back.
And finally to sports, as this blog tends to. The Devils are on the verge of losing to the friggin' Flyers, and the baseball standings are sufering from small sample size right now. Still, it's good to see baseball, especially here in Australia where it's rarely on. I'll watch anything, even the ninth inning of an 11-4 LA-SD game with the sound off in a bar. It's just nice to see it again.
JH 1:18 AM