Australia, July 2015 My nieces don't know me from adam
The first two were real hits, though admittedly the globe is more popular as a volleyball than actual globe - after they first delighted in showing off their Atlas strength for lifting the whole world up.
The dinosaur pictures are awesome and we spent ages screaming our heads off being chased by them in the dark and protecting ourselves with the globe or some bubble wrap. Oh, yeah, Sal got a delivery of loads of cooking gear and suddenly the giant bubble wrap trumped everything until it was all popped. Can't blame them.
Soon it was time to head to Manly and park up, get some food, and get the fast ferry over to Circular Quay. For the first time since Friday I spent some money, on a remarkably average chicken burrito. Fast ferry boarding came around and we zoomed across the harbour in moderately cold wind and generally just much less fun than the slower Sydney Ferries service. But this ticket was part of our deal.
We take a few photos of the horrible weather, and both Kevin and I point out to our facebook friends that maybe we look a little alike. I wonder if the selfie will appear upside down to Windows users again.
At Circular Quay we passed boats of all sizes from water taxis to the giant P&O cruise liner. Killed 15 minutes walking around the side then back to 6B where we'd been told the whale watching boat would go from. In came a boat and everyone stood up, crowding around the gangways as several staff members including Captain Cook himself screamed that this was not a whale watching service and we had to go to 6A.
5 minutes later in the throng at 6A, more staff screamed at us that there were actually two services and some of us needed to be at 6C. That included us. Total chaos everywhere. Eventually the right boat arrived in the right place and we snagged a table next to the bar with its complimentary biscuits and surprisingly wide range of beer.
The next hour or more was spent watching whales. We saw their backs poking out of the water, a bunch of spouting, and a few decent shows of breaching and tail whipping.
Whale watching is easy tourism because they have to come to the surface to breathe so you'll almost always find something.
Their precise locations are moderately hard to predict but we lucked out pretty good and got some cracking views of these multiple ton behemoths.
I used digital zoom rather than normal and crop so my photos are kinda blurred but I'm not sure I care.