A Travellerspoint blog

August 2014

Walking in York-ing

Team Straya in Viking-land

all seasons in one day

A bit of a staggered start today - it seemed that the time of getting up roughly correlated to the time of going to bed last night... Maya went for a run (because she's amazing), while the Buccas and O'Bennetts wandered into town. We found Pat's own personal pub (O'Neill's), and then met up with Steph, Kristie and Maya for a mission to York.
We admired Yorkminster from outside, found Belinda's own personal cafe, and then had lunch at the York Arms, which was an experience in itself. Singing and shouting staff, a chocolate syrup beer, and a passing religious parade - what more could you ask?
We accidentally discovered York's Chocolate Story, and walked along the city walls in our quest to find the Jorvik Viking Centre. After a bit of faffing about, we were sent back in time to the viking era, riding through the re-created viking village (including a Bruce Willis viking look-a-like) and then learning about the various relics and artefacts - including some well-preserved faecal matter. Charming. That was Steph's cue to go home for a snooze!
Belinda, Simon, Neville and I went up Clifford's Tower for some stunning views of the city. I think Neville is a bit afraid of heights, but he coped quite well under the circumstances. Belinda sweet talked her way into being allowed to dress up with helmets and swords - "just for children", pfft!
We collected Pat, Kristie and Maya and wandered down the Shambles, before becoming slightly geographically challenged and increasingly dryness challenged. Eventually we found our way back to the train station, back to Leeds and into a Thai restaurant for dinner. A very satisfying meal to finish a very entertaining day!

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Sunshine and fireworks

Let the holiday begin!


What a gloriously sunny day Manchester turned on for us! We all slept well, and breakfasted well, and were keen to start the fun part of the holiday.
We spent the morning doing some essential shopping (sim cards) and less essential shopping (had to restrain ourselves at Primark). We visited the John Rylands Library - a beautiful building, which Neville particularly enjoyed. Pat got roped into taking a photo of some young German girls. He obviously didn't do a very good job though because we saw them posing in the same location with another hapless tourist attempting to capture the moment for them.
After lunch we went to the Museum of Science and Industry, along with 1000 of our closest friends under the age of ten. It was interesting and informative, but the temperature and constant bustle of little people was a bit tiring.
We caught a train to Leeds, and the Travelodge staff helped us by telling us who was staying where, and what we were supposed to do that night. A friendly Leedsonian helped us by giving us directions to the nearest bottle shop when he saw us looking lost in the street, and then we finally made it to the Aussie night BBQ. So good to see to bride- and groom-to-be, and to meet their family and friends. Let's just say the Lancashire genes are very strong! We were treated to a very entertaining (and illegal in Australia) fireworks display, before some of us decided to go to bed, and some of us decided to sample the Leeds nightlife. All in all, a fantastic first day of proper holidaying.

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The longest Tuesday...

or is it Wednesday...?

all seasons in one day

Our travels officially began on Tuesday 26th August at approximately 7.30pm, when we left Camperdown. As I write this now, it's 11pm Wednesday 27th August and I have just pulled a muscle in my brain trying to calculate the number of hours spent awake and in transit - let's just say it's been a long day.
We started with a foggy, foggy trip to Ballarat to collect Pat, and then an equally foggy trip to Werribee to drop off Chuck. Thankfully the fog lifted by the time we made it to the airport, and we were there in plenty of time to navigate the vast expanse of nothing and nobody that is the customs office and duty free shop at midnight. We had the place all to ourselves - and discovered Pat's hidden talent of describing fragrances (and yes, one perfume really did smell like lipstick).
The next 36 hours or so were a blur of customs officials, aeroplane food, temperature changes, queues, air hostesses, movies, and games of poker and Battleship. The key lessons from today are that the airports in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai are hot and humid (which was fine for Belinda, but less fine for the rest of us), and that Neville The Cow is lactose intolerant. Whoops - no more yoghurt smoothies for you, Neville!
Our criminal tendencies were thoroughly assessed as we successfully made it through four customs offices. I even had to turn on my phone, camera and ipad to prove they weren't explosive, and got checked for bombs - obviously I was the shiftiest looking in the group.
The Corangamite Film Society was well-represented on the plane, and we did them proud, watching everything from Frozen to Wadjda to Harry Potter and everything else in between...
Our brains were running on very low battery levels, so any decision making was always going to be a challenge, even for something as important as where to have dinner. Wetherspoon's was open, serving food, cheap, and it was there. Too easy. Pat confirmed his dislike of room temperature beer, while I confirmed my love of cold cider.
Overall - a long and tiring day and a half, but we were glad to have made it safely to our holiday destination.

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