On Sunday, I met up with a friend and he took me to visit the Blue Mountains, specifically the 3 Sisters. Before I met up with him, however, I went to get a massage. I had pulled a butt muscle. It was too much for me so I figured that a massage would help. It did release some of the pain but not all of it. It is always nerve racking to be somewhere and not know what options would be in place to get help. Hopefully it won’t worsen while on the rest of the trip.
Anyways, I took the train out to Penrith. The train system struck me as the same as Toronto’s GO train system. It was relatively cheap at $6 each way. It took about an hour and a half to get there. When I got there, I saw my friend and he took me to his car, which looked like a Bentley with the license plate of “Bling1”.
We drove along the 32 to Leura where we grabbed a lunch and coffee. We then continued onwards and stopped in a local park where we visited some waterfalls and got to see the canyon (I cannot find the name of it) before reaching the main tourist area to view the Three Sisters area.
We hiked through the area and ended up take the “Brides Path”. When we reached the end of it, the view was awe-inspiring. For me, only few places in Canada reach that kind of beauty. What was really interesting was how few other tourists were around us. In fact, we only saw maybe two other people as we walked through the forest.
It was so nice to be in an area where the air was coated in particulates and the only sounds were the Cockatoos squawking at each other. After hiking for a couple of hours, we headed back to the car and headed further up the mountain to the Blue Mountains themselves. At, I believe, Echo Point we found the tourist area but arrived just after the store had closed. But the canyon with the Three Sisters was definitely open. As we walked to the viewing area, I saw Buddhists praying and I could see why, given the beauty and stillness of the area.
The drive back took longer because of construction that reduced the highway to a single lane. On a sunny Sunday, this made it really busy. We got into Sydney around 7:30pm and found a cheap but really good Thai restaurant to have some pad thai (a whole $5AUS — which is about $4.50 USD). He then dropped me off at my hotel and I fell asleep the minute my head hit the pillow.
I didn’t get too much time for more touristy stuff for the Monday/Tuesday but on Wednesday my flight wasn’t until the afternoon. My first need was to head to the Canadian Consulate in Sydney to drop off my voter registration so that when I get back I can vote. It was rather rainy but I spent most of my time wandering around bookstores and doing some last minute touristy shopping. I got two official Australian Rugby shirts including a nice “Blacks” one. Australian Rugby is so much more faster than American football and you definitely need to pay attention. I think the next time I go to Australia, I’d like to see a game live.
Wednesday afternoon I took a Qantas flight to Singapore. Although I didn’t sleep on the 8 hour flight, I was thoroughly entertained with all the movie choices. Now, Singapore is very different than Sydney…
More in another entry.