November 02, 2003

Sydney

Woke up at 4AM this morning to take a taxi to the airport. Incidentally the taxi driver was originally from South Africa and more exactly Durban. He emigrated to Australia last year thinking that SA future was doomed with the ANC party managing to burn what was good in this country. That was interesting to listen to him considering he is from indian descendance and it only give more credits to what a few people told me. All this is pretty sad considering all this country has to offer.

I arrived in Sydney at 1:20PM and I took the time yesterday to arrange a booking to ensure a free pickup at the airport...and of course no one was there to pick me up. The fact that every damn telephone and internet kiosk was coin-operated was not very helpful considering I had no coins. The shop nearby was also kindly displaying a 'no change' policy...mmmm

Fortunately I remembered that I had a VIP book with the list of all backpackers and toll free phone number so I could make a call to these bast... err.. nice people. All is fine, a bus will pick me up in 20 minutes. 40 minutes later, after nearly dying from hypothermia outside due to the chilly wind blowing all over the place, the bus managed to pick me up and drop me at the Original Backpackers Lodge

When checking in (they of course did not have any booking - do you check your f* email guys ?) I surprisingly noticed that the price was $27 instead of $23 as displayed on the website. Price raised since yesterday Nov. 1 but I did not ask if the $23 was supposed to be the 1985 price or not...

I asked about the 3-day introductory offer with free pickup but she did not know about it. Hello McFly ? is this the same hostel that is displayed on the website ? Anyway put me in a dorm that's fine. Oh you have a 8-10 bed dorm ? you sure you don't have anything with like 20 or 24 people in it, that would be great. No ? oh ok, I will take a 6-bed dorm.

I managed to put all my stuff inside and I was surprised that they actually put 6 beds in such a small place, there is barely enough room to have all 6 people standing up. A room in Hong-Kong looks like luxury compared to that crap.

It has been voted to Best Hotel in Sydney by the Daily Telegraph.

Don't go there.

I already hate this place. And it rains.

Sydney sucks.

I have to leave this place ASAP.

 
Posted by stephane at November 2, 2003 05:25 AM
Comments

Remember to say Hi to Conor while you're in Sydney.

Enjoy your trip, you have all my envy with you

Posted by: Stefan Bodewig on November 3, 2003 01:47 PM

Crap ! I forgot he was in Sydney, I thought he was in Melbourne or was it Peter ?. I'll hopefully be back just after New Zealand though.

Posted by: stephane on November 4, 2003 05:37 AM

Yes, Conor lives in Sydney, Peter in Melbourne AFAIK.

I hope you can get in touch (and will be back to
Europe one day).

Posted by: Stefan Bodewig on November 4, 2003 07:33 AM

I just got in touch with him. We'll see that when I come back from NZ. I'll obviously be back in Europe at the right time as I have a few projects in mind that I would like to do...but...you never know

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