I went to Sydney in February 2018. When I arrived at the airport, my friend greeted me. Then, we went to Sydney Univ. by train and bus.
Next, we went to my friend's house to gather with his wife. Then, we went to a bar to eat lunch. I had a beer and a kangaroo hamburger. The beer had a light flavor and was delicious. However, I felt that the kangaroo meat was gamey and wasn't to my taste. But, I finished off anyway. Next, we went to the Opera House.
Before I visited this landmark, I thought that it was pure white. But, in fact, it was off-white. I was also surprised that even though the structure was built in the 1950s, the architectural design was photogenic.
We had dinner at a steak house where we grilled our own meat. I ordered a T-bone steak. It was tender, tasty and juicy.
The next day, we went to the Blue Mountains. We took the train from Central station to Katoomba. It took about two hours. It cost only fifteen dollars for a round trip. We went to an observation point to view the Three Sisters.
Although the mountains are called the Blue Mountains, I thought that they didn't look blue. The name Blue Mountains derives from how the eucalyptus trees release their oil into the atmosphere to make the air look blue. I suppose this phenomenon only occurs under certain conditions.
For dinner, we went to a seafood restaurant. The oysters were fresh and full of flavor.
The next day, I went to Uluru by plane. Uluru means Ayers Rock in local language. It took three hours from Sydney to Uluru. It was too hot at forty degrees Celsius. I took part in a tour of Kata Tjuta and Uluru.
Kata Tjuta and Uluru are sacred places for Aborigines. First, we went to Kata Tjuta, which means many heads in the Aboriginal language.
They are giant rocks between which we can walk. Viewing Kata Tjuta from a distance is impressive, but up close, walking between them, was not interesting for me.
Next, we went to Uluru, which we visited at sunset. I thought it was amazing that nature is great.
After the tour finished, I went to a supermarket because the guide said that it sold kangaroo tails.
Aborigines like eating kangaroo tails. I discovered the tails easily. One tail cost two thousand yen. I saw Aborigines shopping in the supermarket. I could distinguish Aborigines from other shoppers because they were barefoot. All of the Aborigines who I saw were buying eggs, not kangaroo tails.
The next day, we went to Uluru to climb it. I was looking forward to climbing it. Climbing Uluru will be prohibited from 2019 because it's sacred to Aborigines.
Unfortunately, we couldn't climb it because of strong wind. Instead, we walked around Uluru. The guide told us many mythological Aboriginal stories. Many features of the rock are attached with different stories. Every story has a moral. It was interesting.
There are murals. But, they are not art. Historically, they were used to teach life lessons.