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For those interested, further telling of yestereve's adventures partially related by meepettemu, here

I had a lovely, albeit somewhat surreal day because so many of Sydney streets and landmarks have the same names as London ones (i.e. Oxford Street, Hyde Park) and we had a lovely day being led purposefully by my friend Tharanie who gave us a tour of the city and patiently put up with me going *oooooooh* *aaaaaah* on every street corner. I'm so impressed with the lush green stretches of space and the tallness of the trees, as well as the presence of the botanical Gardens in the midst of the city (where we watched fruitbats and funny big screeching birds and at night saw the fruitbats circling the floodlit tops of tall office buildings- I wish I could take pictures of it but I don't think my camera will be up to it).

Went down to the Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House(cue more Ooohs and Aaaaaahs) and saw people ascending along the top of the Harbour Bridge in the blistering midday sun (a dubious pleasure which will set you back 150 Aussie $ - before anyone faints this is a lot less in pounds) and I acquired some very impressive sunburn across my shoulderblades (which thankfully doesn't hurt and hopefully won't start doing so when I lug my backpack).

We're shipping out of Sydney tomorrow to go to a rainforestey bit of the North Coast (which Lonely Planet informs me contains aligators whose attacks are *preventable and predictable*) and to do some dolphin watching (and in my case some bonus panicked scanning for sharks - I feel paranoid in any stretch of water that is not a bathtub or a swimming pool).

Courtesy of Tharanie we got fed Lamingtons (an Aussie thing- sponge coated with chocolate and rather yummy) and taken to the most sumptuous candle shop I have ever seen (be still my beating heart) and then got a chance to browse tourist tat to our hearts content. There's a lot of kangoroo related items, quite a few pelts (incredibly soft to touch and for me sad to look at) and some more disturbing household accessories such as a Kangoroo Scrotum Bottle Opener (ah, how I wish I was making that up).

Got waylaid by a shop full of didgeridoos (see also here )and I admired the nose of the guy playing them (beautiful and aquiline, aaaaaah bliss) and Lynne attempted to work out whether you could do poi tricks with bull roarers.

I was very taken by the didgeridoos and didgeridoo player - and even though circular breathing is way beyond me I can now comfortably make the basic drone . (Cue Nina walking down the street and blowing practice raspberries at random intervals throughout the day and night, occasionally intersected with attempting to work in other reccomended noises such as the yelping of a dog)

I wants one. I wants I wants I wants.

I'm determined to get one actually and carry it on the plane as hand luggage- Australians don't seem very fussed on what you export out of the country and hopefully the Brits won't be fussed (we've found a place that sells didgeridoos rather cheaply and gives a 50 % discount on top- which I tend to interpret as a blazing glowing neon sign from the Divine to blow raspberries to my hearts content and awaken my musical genes; possibly also an inducement to quit smoking so I can manage circular breathing without an asthma attack).

Other highlights of the day included a talking statue of a little terrier like dog, which graces a fountain and gets set off by some unknown mechanism when you least expect it - quite startling the first time it happens.

Went also to see crab racing, but unfortuantely bar was too packed and we only managed to catch the very very end. Ah, well.
Did manage to nearly cause a bar brawl though which is probably some kind of female rite of passage, but definately wasn't that high on my list of Things To Do In Australia.

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one__more
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:12 am (UTC)
I have one, and can play it... I'm learning circular breathing at the moment but I've been playing for a few years. I can only manage about 2 circular breaths though!

Glad you are both having fun :)
rainsinger
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:36 am (UTC)
Oooooooh. :)
Did you have lessons from any place?
Didgeridoo players here have been giving us tips including things like *practise with a pipe in a bucket of water*.

Circular breathing is way beyond me but I have mastered the art of sounding like an elephant in distress.
one__more
Sep. 14th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
Sounding like an elephant in distress, is an important part to didgeridoo playing.

I taught myself when I was about 16 (i THINK thats when I got my didge...), a few people taught me the basic things... and I annoyed everyone with my own interpretations of the things they taught me. lol. But I am really kind of teaching myself again because I hadn't played for about a year because it was at my parents house.

With the circula breathing i've been told to use a straw in water... and also fill my mouth up with watter and spit it out whilst breathing through my nose at the same time. I can sort of circular breathe: but it sounds rude when i do ;) Also blowing raspberries and breathing thru ur nose at the same time.

There is a good tutorial on this website : http://www.timelessproductions.com/didjeridoo/tutorial/
That is what I've been trying to circular breathe with, and they have 'practice groove' music u can play with. It also has a link onto another site where you can buy CD's off, but it has previews of people playing. It sounds sounds cool.

rainsinger
Sep. 14th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
Cheers for that link :)
Lynne and I have both taken up practising the *breathing while spitting out water* in the bathroom ;)
Brushing teeth has never been so instructive.
kayselkiemoon
Sep. 14th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
digeridoo! that's awesome ^_^ Australia is one of my top six places I wish to visit soon. being England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, & New Zealand. and all the smaller places surrounding them - I can never decide on an order. heading the next tier is South Africa and Japan; I am not fluent in a second language right now, alas. not that I had a problem in Greece....

but this is actually my "who the heck is kayselkiemoon and why did she friend me" explaination.

I am a friend of prox's from Wellesley (I'm sure I look somewhat familiar from leaving comments on prox's and emily's and meat's ljs). basically I've been enjoying your responses to their posts for some time, and lurking in your lj off and on. Now that prox is here in wellesley with me I've heard more about you (for instance that she hopes to visit you in a few months, and that you write incredibly lyrically). so here I am ^_^
rainsinger
Sep. 14th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, Flattery :D *preen* *purr* *preen*

Hello and Welcome :)
*friends you back*

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