Date: 27 Dec 2012
This is a serious rule folks, do you know how many first time US visitor pedestrians are killed annually by vehicular accidents? Well, neither do I!! But the fact is, here, vehicles do come from the direction your muscle memory is not accustomed to!! So for your well being and health just do yourself a favor and look Right. Thank you kindly!!
This local had so many gems and tidbits of information about Sydney that there is no way Ken and I could keep up with it all!!
Just bits and pieces like the tidbit about the picture to the above.... Some people rub this boars.... Er, "nether regions" for good luck!! Why? Well we missed that fact.... Something to do with the hospital at one time turned brewery(to save it financially) behind him?
Yeah, we'll just go with that.....
And in the pic to the left is the Coat Of Arms of Australia. Also the official seal of this great land, featuring a kangaroo and an emu, it is often claimed these animals were chosen because neither animal can move backwards, only forward, symbolizing steadiness and progress and the will to never back down. (In reality both animals can move backwards- though infrequently
"Forgotten Songs" was approached by going into a building, underground through a secret tunnel, into Narnia and back and out another faraway door(a few streets away) to enter this amazing alleyway that is called forgotten songs for all the bird cages suspended above your head. Bird calls from a hidden recording chortle gently all around you as you ponder this. http://vimeo.com/46343645
This "art walk" was created to commemorate over 50 types of birds that once lived here in central Sydney, but the growing European influx of a new city created habitat loss and pushed the birds out to the suburbs and some leaning towards being on the endangered/extinct list.
Currently, the tour guide proceeds to tell us the story of how the exiled of the British were sent to Australia to serve time, only not having enough prisons to go around, eventually they were set free on a type of probation....some of them became barkeeps. An honest profession; unless you began rum smuggling and lured young travelers and the like that wouldn't be readily missed into the tavern with free drinks and cheap meals until they passed out. They were then dropped through a trapdoor and stored in the basement to awake in the morning shanghaied aboard a clipper and sold for profit!!
No, I'm not thirsty anymore thanks...... (at least not here- gulp!!) Also, the link that I found on this place(to verify these facts) gives ghost tours claiming the wife of a publican that was pushed down the stairwell here still frequents these walls.
Maybe next time we will do the "ghost tour"!! Maybe....
*Note: the tour guide DID ask for donations/tip afterwards, but only what you thought the tour was worth. In our opinion, we would definitely recommend this tour and we "donated"(hey you gotta make a living right?!) a few coins- which Ken got a kick out of the fact that there are $1 and $2 coins!! And our guide received a bonus of an Alaskan quarter(with the grizzly bear on it) which is always a hit with locals and travelers from other countries we meet while trekking!!