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Over the Mountains and Under the Sea II

Our day trip to the Blue Mountains.

So lucky to get a cloudy day for once!

The city girl who has never stepped into bushland before…

 

The country-born who’s obviously in her element.

 

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UpBeet… And The Skill That Gets Better With Age

Ever since coming home, I’ve started relishing having company over coffees, enjoying heartfelt conversations and listening to friends’ stories. ¬†Though I still yearn for solitude at times, I think I’m getting a better hang of how to balance both worlds. Probably a skill that gets better with age ūüôā

Waradah Aboriginal Centre

A tour group came out of the theatre. I went in to catch the next show in 15 minutes.

 

15 Minutes later, the performers peeped out from the stage and saw… Me.

“Wow, big crowd we have today,” he quipped to his brothers.

I laughed nervously, seriously freaked out that I was the only one in the audience! Do people not come to such shows as individuals, but only in tour groups?!

 

Despite all that, I must say their level of respect and professionalism is extremely commendable. I enjoyed their  performance, and became a little more aware of the little things that make up the diverse aboriginal culture.

Scenic World

Thanks to some friends who got me a voucher before I left, I was able to experience the Blue Mountains in a unique way (which the next few posts will be dedicated to).
In case you can’t tell from the pictures, I was quite¬†excited to¬†be given the chance to be a true blue tourist for those few days.¬†

First stop –¬†Scenic World.

VERY STEEP train ride down into the valley, Cable Car up, and forest walk (which I avoided because of the creatures buzzing around my ears, triggering my fight or flight instincts which was no fun at all).   

Within¬†the area of mountain in Scenic World, there were also monuments to remember¬†the area’s history in the mining industry. Some of them were pretty creepy and depressing.¬†

I wonder if more effort could have been made to remember the aboriginal tribes who lived here way before the miners came. The only time they were mentioned was when the cable car operator gave us a brief historical background, and they were only mentioned in a sentence. 

 

It was an exceptionally hot day, so hot that bush fires started in the lower Blue Mountains. The trains had to be stopped, and we had to take a bus the rest of the way down. It was a chaotic, harrowing experience, but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the people whose house and lives were threatened, and the firemen¬†who fought the fires with their lives on the line.¬†