It's been a busy one this weekend, James & Emma arrived in Sydney on Thursday, they stayed at James & Nad's house, but Emma wanted to go shopping in the City so they all came in on Friday, and used the free parking facilities (e.g. my parking space, as I don't have a car). The girls went shopping and James, James and I went out for some lunch. Oh, and a beer of course!
After a few games of Motorstorm, where both James Sh and I consistently came 15th out of 15 in the races, we all headed back up to the northern beaches and the awaiting curry house :)
The end of the evening saw James Sh showing us his skill on SSX tricky, which involved landing on his head most of the time.
Saturday night, James Sc cooked up a storm, with a fantasic dinner, and a few of their mates came over, and a considerable amount of beer and wine was drunk.
Which meant Sunday was a slow day, spent recovering. James and Emma were staying until Tuesday at my place so we headed back over to the city, with Emma planning out the rest of her shopping time :) James and I ended up in one of my local pubs, Jacksons on George Street, for beers and pool.
The weather has been fantastic all weekend, blue skies and sunshine, and around 20 degrees, it's been a real tough winter. So much so, James and I had to spend the afternoon in the pub (well the opera bar) drinking Boags and watching the crowds build up for World Youth Day. This is this thing that means the Pope's in town, and they are expecting massive crowds of pilgrims... and it's looking like they are right, the place has really filled up, many people carrying round flags, and there's nuns and vicars galore. There's also lots of cheering and singing, which is a little weird as it only seems to be one song, something with hallelujah in it. It's a bit creepy, and cult like if you ask me :P
Last night we went out to a restaurant in Woolloomooloo called Manta, a fish restaurant, which was just down the road from Harry's Cafe de Wheels, and the food was fantastic. I had raw fish tasting plate to start, there were all sorts of fish, ocean trout, king fish (and a couple of others that I can't remember) and then a whole grilled flathead for main. mmmm. I'm getting hungry again thinking about it!
James and Emma flew back home to Perth this afternoon, and things quietened down around Circular Quay for a while as everyone seemed to disappear as they headed to Darling Harbour for the start of WYD and their big mass or whatever it was they were doing.
I think it finished around 10pm as there was a massive fireworks display, wondered what was going on at first, then I grabbed my camera and tried to take a few shots, I only managed to get them towards the end of the show and the sky had filled up with smoke, but I guess it's good practice for NYE. I'm leaving my camera and tripod out just in case they have some other shows, as the World Youth Day goes on all week... The Pope is doing his first gig on Thursday, and they are shutting the Harbour Bridge on saturday at 2am until 5pm... I guess he's wanting to have a walk over it once he gets out of the nightclub up Kings Cross at 2am... oooh, i might be going to hell for that one!
Anyhoo, here are the shots I took (click on the pic for more):
Well that's all folks, I'll keep you posted on whether or not I see the light and become a member of the god squad, most likely I will lock my door and not see the light (of day) until it's all over!