2/13/10: Sydney, Australia
Back on our Acacia tour, we met a really cool Aussie couple that lives in Sydney, and their names were Carol and Garry (check them out on their blog). I don’t know what it is about their names, maybe it’s the “air” sound that they have in common, but it’s impossible to say “Carol and Garry” correctly more than 75% of the time. No, really, try it! It’s a scientific fact. Kevin and I have sort of a running competition going on who says their names correctly more of the time. “We should email Carry and Garol.” Pause. “You mean Garry and Carol.” “Yeah, that’s what I said.”
Our first stop was Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. We each got the Tiger Pie, Harry’s specialty. It’s basically a meat pie with a mushy peas/mashed potatoes hat all covered in gravy. After way too many meals of penne with store-bought pasta sauce, the Tiger Pie was pretty much my tummy’s version of heavenly goodness.
Then they drove us over the Harbour Bridge to some lookout points on the north side of the city.
It was nice getting a chance to hang out with locals, who could give us the scoop on all the things we had been wondering about since coming to Sydney. Like – why do none of the convenience stores near our hostel have prices on anything? (Not an Aussie-wide thing, Surry Hills phenomenon only.) In Australia, does one really say the phrase “heaps cut” to mean really disappointed? (Never heard anyone say it before, but would know what it meant if someone did say it.) Is that road really called “No Through Road?” (No, dummies, it just means the road is a dead end.) How come you guys pronounce Cairns Cans and Melbourne Melbun? (Because Aussies are weird. Ok, ok, they didn’t say that, we came to that conclusion ourselves.)
It was really cool to get a chance to catch up with them, but it was also kind of eerie, because the whole time we were all together I kept thinking that we were basically looking at ourselves in about six months (looking for new jobs, moving into a new place, planning on getting puppies). Luckily for us, they looked awesomely GREAT.
Picture of the Day: Giant mushroom-like jellyfish that Garry spotted when we were walking on Finger Wharf.