I'm not the author Alan Glynn (click here for him) but fully recommend his novels Winterland & Darkfields

Friday, March 04, 2005

Da Opera with me Ma

Last night the Brennans went to visit their uncle Plunkett so me and the mother went to the opera in the Sydney Opera House. It was just amazing I certainly didn't expect it to be so good. It was Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' and we'd front row seats, not the best acoustically apparently not that we'd notice but great view of the boys in the pit.

Me and Me Ma at d'Opera

The opera was really funny and understandable too, it was in English so that helped. We spent the intervals outside drinking champane looking out over Sydney harbor at the electrical storm rolling in. For someone who is used to Irish lightning storms the light show last night was amazing. I always imagined the Opera House being more interesting from the outside but the inside is just as good, it reminded me of Newgrange for some reason!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Taytos, chocolate and Ferry rides!

Both Sal’s parents and Mum have now arrived in Sydney. Sal’s parents arrived a week ago and my Mum last night.
Mum is hilarious she brought us:
  • 0.15Kg of Tayto Crisps
  • 1.8 Kg of Cadburys Chocolate (10 large bars)
  • 0.5 Kg of Barrys Tea (on top of some Sal’s folks brought us)
  • 0.6 Kg of Beetroot and Jelly (my favourite)

That’s 3 Kilos of stuff! I think we'll be eating chocolate and drinking tea for the next couple of months!!!!

Sal's folks seem to be having a great time we're out most nights with them eating and drinking. Gerry, Audrey even came to watch the Irish English match in a local Irish bar at 2am on Monday morning. Fair dues to them, they we the oldest by a mile but got right into the spirit of thing s and weren't put off by a pub full of drunken backpackers.

We organised a travel pass for them that gives unlimited travel on bus, train and ferry and they've just become obsessed by this ticket they've been to places I've didn't even know you could get to by ferry. Every day they do about five ferry rides and at least once to Manly. I'd say Sal and myself have been on about three ferry since we arrived so good on them. We meet them in the evening and they've trained it and ferried it around half of Sydney. I think the made up the 20 euro cost of the ticket in the first day.