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Sounds of Silence and 3 goals going in

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Today started with the alarm clock going off at 6am. My normal behavior is to keep hitting the snooze button, but as we were sharing a place, we thought it was politic to get up.The plan was to get up and watch the sun rise over Uluru. However it was absolutely p*ssing down, so we chucked that plan. Instead we decided to spend the extra time doing mundane stuff like breakfast and after that we headed to the rock.

We arrived at the rock but the main climb over it was closed, which was fortunate as I didn't want to do it out of respect of the Anunga (the local Aboriginal tribe) customs. Instead we did the 10km walk around the base of the rock. The walk wasn't challenging as it was pretty flat, but it gave us the opportunity to see Uluru from a number of amazing angles. Uluru/Ayers Rock is something that cannot be described - we have all seen pictures in various media, but until you experience it in person, it is something that cannot be fully described in either the written word or in picture form.

In the evening, we did the Sounds of Silence tour. As previously mentioned, this is probably the most expensive part of our 6 month holiday but we were really fortunate that the weather worked in our favour. The skies were clear and the air was warm: To look up and see the Milky Way, plus thousands of other stars is just mind-blowing. Sadly, none of the pictures I took were able to convey the beauty, despite my best efforts. A trip to Ayers Rock is worth it for this night alone (especially if you are a star spotter).
Sunset over the Olgas

Sunset over the Olgas

Having done that, we came back to the hotel we are staying at and crashed in the lounge room where the only TV is. Apparently, there is some Australia vs. Bahrain football game later. Until then, I have to sit through the Winter Olympics featuring Australia plus whatever nation they are beating (which isn't that many, but probably still more than the UK). Slightly one-sided coverage here.
Well, we watched the Australia game. Apparently the resort didn't have a license to allow us to consume alcoholic beverages on the premises after 11pm. Bit of a bugger when the game kicks off at 1am. Never to be deterred by anything so petty as rules, we smuggled in a bottle of port, which we took swigs from when there was no security staff around. We don't have a drink problem ;)

Posted by jefranklin 16:05 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking round_the_world

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