Today we got an early start, with a 7am breakfast. Australian breakfast fare has proven a highlight of the trip (our team loves food). In addition to the expected eggs and toast, our morning repast includes the ever-controversial Vegemite, roasted tomatoes, baked beans, and an amazing coffee machine (we REALLY love coffee).
After breakfast, we departed for the hockey pitch, where we blazed through an hour and a half practice. We say blazed because it was a true Aussie summer day – boiling hot.
After a short but productive practice, we grabbed a quick shower and boarded the bus. Following a two hour drive, we arrived in the Blue Mountains. Already hungry again, we stopped for lunch at the “world renowned” Paragon Café, famous for their coffee and artisanal chocolates. We enjoyed a streak frites, and a chocolate (or two).
After our hearty lunch, we had the opportunity to wander around the local town of Katoomba. We engaged with a few of the locals, and, more importantly, their dogs, while also browsing the shops.
Soon, it was time for the main attraction of the day: a “hike” through the Blue Mountains. Though the breathtaking views inspired a fear of heights in a select few who will not be named, we soldiered on, eventually arriving at a cascade, or a small waterfall. It was a rewarding end to the strenuous journey. It was made all the more rewarding when Pam, who can’t resist a good ice cream cone, purchased a “choc dip soft serve” (Australian lingo) for the entire team.
We’re looking forward to touring the Sydney Opera House tomorrow, as well as our match against UTS. Conor, our good-natured tour guide, attended UTS and has done his fair share of trash-talking, so we intend to beat them soundly.
Stay tuned for more adventures from YFH down undah!
(By Emilie ’17 & Steffi Katz ’17)