Travelling day; usual drill. Rouse the troops, get breakfast, try and stay awake and make sure you don’t forget anything important (like a piece of technology. Or a child). All went according to plan thanks to the Overminds’ preternatural organisational abilities and we arrived at Uluru with a minimum of fuss.
The hotel was strange; trying to cater for tourists and their desire for luxuries with the local requirements of minimal impact on the land and resource usage. The room was big but spartan and you really got a sense of being out in the middle of nowhere.
Sigh. Got a bad cold and pinged my back the day before. So the combination of sneezing and coughing with a sore throat and a bad back meant I barely slept again. While lying there listening to everyone else sleep I fantasised about how we were going to replace all these lousy body gubbins with cool, efficient machinery in the future. Hey, mentally designing cybernetics out of spite got me through to the morning 🙂
I felt grim so we tried to keep the walking to a minimum. Sydney Aquarium was interesting; the biggest aquarium in the world at one point. It had loads of interesting creatures but the layout would have vexed Theseus. It kind of wound round the huge central tanks in three directions. After a while I felt so bad I decided to let everyone else carry on while I’d go back to the hotel. Actually escaping the place where there were no early exits, single-file winding corridors and a plethora of pram-wielding traffic blockers meant it was not a pleasant experience.
Got back to the hotel while avoiding Soul Hunters and went back to sleep.
A semi-decent nights sleep forward by more eclectic combinations for breakfast (nuts, beans, Egg in Purgatory, blood oranges, mushrooms) was enough to overwhelm the cold I’d developed and we set off to the Sydney Tower.
250m up gave us superb views of the city and interactive monitors dotted around the windows explained what we were seeing. Very cool and made me want to fire up Sim City when we got back.
We got to the hotel by 8AM after some breakfast so there followed some enforced chilling while waited for the room. It was worth the wait though with us getting a great corner room with a view of the Opera House.
This was always going to be the interesting bit; up at 5AM for a 14 hour flight with us getting into Sydney at 6AM local time. We needed to be tired enough to sleep when night-time came round in Sydney but rested enough to not say enough suicidally stupid while getting through customs.
So here we were; a pretty spontaneous (all planned, booked and paid for in a few weeks!) trip to Australia to take advantage of my contract finishing in time for the school holidays. The Overmind had worked like a trooper to get as much crammed into three weeks as possible and we had loads of fun stuff planned. First we had to get there with a quick stop in Dubai for a day to break up the massive flight.