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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Updates from AUS

Just a few updates to say how lovely I am finding Australia. It really is the most stunning country, super livable and gorgeous. The people are friendly (and tan!), and I've never seen cities in which commuters and business men and women bump up against people shouldering surfboards and going barefoot. (Yes, in the actual city streets.) The coffee is strong, the food is delicious, and I'm even digging the Vegemite-on-toast situation.

Case in point? I could definitely live here, if it weren't a gazillion miles away from my friends and family. I guess I'll just have to visit more often!

In Melbourne I saw the most incredible rainbow. It's like the Platonic Ideal of a rainbow! In the USA, I've only ever seen patchy bits of rainbow--a few feet at a time--and I actually believed that a semi-circular rainbow thing was a lie, or an exaggeration that existed only in the Care Bears cartoon and in various artistic interpretations of the leprechaun. But now I know that rainbows are REAL, which probably means leprechauns are too!!

Dear Leprechaun,
Please bring me a pot of gold.
And a Maserati.

Love,
Lauren Oliver

In Sydney, I was informed by my cab driver that my hotel was only a half kilometer away from the harbor. I hustled to try and make it down to the water before the sun set, but "half kilometer" turned out to mean "a mile and a half"--I guess it seems closer when you're driving!--and I made it to the harbor just as the last light was leeching out of the sky. And, of course, my camera was out of batteries. I couldn't do the stunning opera house justice on my cell phone, and only managed to get a puny little shot of the bridge, which is in real life quite breathtaking.


I had a wonderful evening all by my lonesome, strolling the promenade and sipping wine at a delicious outdoor cafe, where I also sampled the best oysters I have ever had in my life.

Australia, you had me at G'Day.

xo

11 comments:

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I am so glad you're loving it here, Lauren! I'm looking forward to your event on Tuesday :) xox

Janni Nell said...

Sydney is my home town. So glad you're enjoying it here. And that you made it to the harbour. :-)

Gabbie said...

Glad to know your enjoying yourself!! I actually don't think I've ever seen a patchy rainbow before. And if the Leprechaun is listening: I wouldn't mind a little of what she's having :)

Hopefully I'll see you on Tuesday!

Em said...

There's a double rainbow in the picture! If you look above the really bright one, you can see the faint one above it. We get those here in Maine haha. They're super pretty.

Valerie said...

I got to climb that bridge when I went down there to visit my sister. You should try it Lauren, it was a blast!

JulieGilberts said...

"The people are friendly (and tan!)"... yeah, Aussies worship the sun :D and I'm glad you got to see the Harbour, because I live in Australia, I've even been to Sydney, but I have NEVER seen the Harbour Bridge. Feel lukcy.

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