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Australia – 2011 12 31 – New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Monday, February 13th, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012 in Sydney
Spending the New Year’s Eve in Sydney is the dream of many, but I may prefer to watch the fireworks on TV.

Once that is said, I have to admit that it has been a big emotion to be in first line watching the most beautiful fireworks in the world just from below, and last but not least I was among the first people in the world to enter the new year (due to the timezone ‘course)!

My friends booked tickets for the Luna Park that faces the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
That gave us the privilege to be in first line for the show with the little drawback that we had to look at them through the ferries-wheel!
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There have been two sessions of the fires, there’s obviously the one at 12 a.m., but the first one is at 9 p.m., Justine says they are ‘for the children’ so that they can go to sleep soon, but I believe they are a test to make sure there will be no incidents during the big thing at midnight.

We had time for some rides and some sandwiches and that took me back of 15 years. A forgotten fun.

Hey, that’s not all, for my surprise, after midnight the party continued in the inside of the Luna Park main dancing hall where a big concert was held by some famous Australian artists such Wynter Gordon and The Potbelleez and more of course.. but we didn’t resist much.

This one is for sure a moment I won’t forget!!

Thanks Jus, Vee, Ramona and Nev!!


“New Year’s Eve at Sydney’s Luna Park by the Harbor Bridge”

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Australia – 2011 12 15-16 – Surfers Paradise

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

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It took fourteen hours by coach to reach Surfers Paradise.
I’m surprised about my capacity to bear with such long traveling times… It wasn’t like this few years ago.

Once arrived at the coach station after a few minutes the pick-up service of the hostel was there.
This is a free service that I understand all the hostels and not only offer all around Australia, this is something that at my advice they should introduce in London as well.

That was my first time in a hostel after a long time. Pretty simp,e as accommodation, but clean and pleasant.
The funny thing is that my room mates were two girls from Clapham, South London, and a girl from Glasgow, Scotland.
Later in the evening I also met another girl, she was from Manchester.

It looks like that all UK went on holidays in Australia!!!
By the way none of these people was really prone to conversation so I ended up to a very early sleep after a nice burger on a local fast food shop.

All the afternoon I’ve been walking around the town centre because on the beach the wind was so strong that you would freeze sitting on the sand.
The beach extends uninterrupted for 100 kilometres and is all surrounded by nice and modern skyscrapers. From that and from the way the centre is organised you understand that the place is born like a touristic town, no differently than many of the Italian coast resort areas, with the small difference that here in Surfers Paradise is summer 365 days a year.
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Honestly speaking the stay here on the Golden Coast have been enough boring also due to the bad weather conditions.

Exception to that has been an hour of amusement in swimming on the ocean at 5 a.m. The following morning when the sun wasn’t already shaded by the clouds.

Before leaving the Surfs Paradise I will visit the Sea World theme park, then I will head towards Brisbane.


From Australia – 20111215-16 – Surfers Paradise, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/19/2011 (51 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 14 – Newcastle

Friday, December 16th, 2011

20111216-190347.jpgToday, thursday rhe 14th, we all woke up pretty early. The girls, Jus and Vee, walked me to the train station in Burwood.

Justine is taking the rests of my lasagne and tiramis├╣ for his colleagues at the Fish & Chips. She probably wants to introduce some new food in her menu -_^

After a quick goodbye I took the train to Newcastle. The trip was pleasant and quick, about three hours spent listening to some music and watching the landscapes, so wild respect Europe. That is why I prefer to travel by ground instead of flying.

I arrived in Newcastle in the late morning and after a quick visit to the main streets I went to the beach were I spent most of the day walking down the coast.
It was definitively amazing. Unfortunately the weather has been horrible, wind, cold and no sun, with a short exception in the afternoon that costed my a burnt nose and maculated feet as I was wearing flip flops.

At 3:30pm all the touristic centre closes up, so my only chance to have a dinner was to walk twenty minutes further just after the residential area, on the other side of the hill that is Newcastle. That gave me the chance to admire beautiful private houses surrounded by majestic trees. It. Reminded me a mix of USA and Italy.

There so much green in Australia!!

I was not supposed to stay in Newcastle overnight so I went back to the station were I took a coach that will take me on a fourteen hour ride until Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast), Queensland, just before Brisbane.


“Visit at Newcastle”

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Australia – 2011 12 08-14 – Sydney

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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My first days in Sydney.

After 5 years I finally hugged Justine again. She’s hosting me in Sydney with her lovely cousins Vee and Nev.

The weather has been not, and still is not, ideal, I anyway managed to spend some time at the Manly Beach. Big waves, surfers, lot of wind, I felt like I was in the Point Break movie. Fortunately nor back rubbery has happened O_O

Gorgeous breakfast at the Veteran’s club with Jus and her choir’s friends. That was on Sunday. Just to begin with.

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I then met my friend Elia, that has moved to Australia one month ago and is now traveling around working in farms or sleeping in hostels. He now has left to Melbourne countryside, we will meet there again on the 28th.

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On 13/12/11 (what a funny date) it was Vee’s birthday.
I cooked for her my ‘classics’: Lasagna and Tiramis├╣.

Now I left Sydney going towards Brisbane, next stop Newcastle.
I’ll be back to Sydney on the 30th most probably, hoping for a more summer-like weather.


“My first days in Sydney: Just, Vee, Neville and Elia”

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Packing for Australia 2011-12

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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