Jamie and Sophie's Adventure

Jamie Longmore and Sophie Jones travel the world

Monday, April 30, 2007

23 tomorrow!

Things have gotten better since the last blog. Sophie now has employment until we leave, she is working on reception and doing admin duties for a software company just down the road from where I am still working. She is working 40 hours a week and is enjoying it as the people there are all nice. I intend to work until the 18th May so that I will have a week off where I can do and see some of the things I haven't had chance to do before, while Sophie is planning on working an extra week as she has worked less than me and could do with the extra weeks pay.
On Saturday we went on a tour to Philip Island to see the "Penguin Parade" which features the worlds smallest penguins coming home from a day in the sea. They are 33cm tall so about the size of a shoe and it was great fun watching them come out of the sea, take a look around, signal that it's OK to their friends who come and join them and then they either make a run for it across the beach or get scared and run back into the water because they saw a seagull. We then saw them marching along all the way back to their little burrows. There were several hundred penguins but apparantly there are about 60,000 on the island.
We also went wine tasting on the tour and went to an animal sanctuary and got to hand feed kangaroos aswell as see other animals up close including wallabies, dingos, wombats, koalas and emus.
Yesterday we went to the observatory which is in the city centre and offers incredible views of Melbourne, we may go back again during the evening to see what it looks like at night time as many of the buildings here look nice when lit up.
Next weekend we are doing a trip on the famous Great Ocean Road and also going to see the set of Neighbours.
We have had a bit of rain in the past few days which is good as there is a major water shortage here, thankfully we haven't got wet yet as it's been raining at night or when we were on the trip. Today is gloriously sunny.
As I've got a while longer until the end of my lunch break I'll tell you a few random observations I've made about Australia:
The Prime Minister looks like Norris from Coronation Street and regularly makes ridiculous statements that upset lots of people.
There are many more adverts on TV as there are in England, for example, during one episode of The Simpsons there will be about 5 or 6 ad breaks.
Fosters is definitely not the Australian national drink they'll have us believe in England. Whilst I have seen a few places that serve it, the majority don't.
Whenever you make or take a phone call, you can guarantee the person on the other end will say "How ya going?" and often don't wait for a reply before carrying on the conversation. When I answer the phone at work and they say "How ya going?" I'll say "I'm good thanks" and they then say "Yeah I'm not bad thanks" even though I didn't ask how they were.
Not all Australians have snags from the barbie every day. There are several places that offer free BBQs for public use which is a good idea.
In Melbourne, if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes and it will change.

Better get back to work now I suppose. I turn 23 tomorrow and have had some cards arrive from England so I'll look forward to opening those. Sophie has booked something for the 2 of us on Wednesday evening but it's a surprise so I don't know what it is yet. We may go to the cinema tonight and have a special birthday tea tomorrow.
Remember to leave us some comments guys, emails are always welcome too. Anyone from BGCC, how did we get on last weekend?


  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous said…

    I have known Gareth Bakwell from drinking with him in Bishops Frome. I was wondering how he was, what he has been up to??

    Email: Emjenko@aol.com

  • At 5:35 PM, Jamie said…

    Bakewell is fine, I'll text him tomorrow and let him know you asked after him, though I don't know your name I'll give him your email address. He's working on a farm at the moment.

  • At 6:38 PM, Anonymous said…

    Its Emma Jenkins, He should know!!! Is he coming back to England soon????? Please pass on his Email address.

  • At 7:34 PM, Anonymous said…

    BGCC TOP TOP TOP Of the league where they belong !!

    check the league website for results kid !!

    Good to hear everything is sound.

    Have a good birthday

    Don't forget to let sophie know that she dosn't realise how lucky she could be !


  • At 5:38 PM, Philip said…

    Happy Birthday Jamie. Let us know what it's like to be 23 old man.

  • At 4:45 PM, Anonymous said…

    jamie. its chris from sb and amerika...happy birthday, i turned the big 25 as well on the 30th.
    its cinco de mayo today which has become a big drinking holiday since we have a bunch of mexicans in this country now.
    anyways i wanted to leave a comment before i catch up on Everything that has happened to you the past few months...

    cheers brother man.

  • At 4:42 PM, Anonymous said…

    Hi I was just wondering if you had passed on my email address to bakewell. Or can i have his??


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