Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One long day

So, we left for Australia on Monday the 26th. It was a 14 hour flight with an extra hour waiting on the tarmac.

When we got on the plane the first thing this dude does in front of Dean is throw his seat back all the way like an asshole. We haven't even gotten off the ground. So I asked Dean how is infectious Flu like symptoms were doing. This guy imediately puts on this SARS mask and asks the Stewardess to switch seats. This trick usually works, but the flight was way over booked so Dean was stuck with mask man infront of him for 14 hours.
 We landed on Wednesday the 28th did our best to try to stay up till a reasonable hour to avoid feeling all jetlagged the next day.
We walked around the area we are staying and found some funny shops. If anyone is looking for a cool storefront check it out.
Mexican food. hmmm... I am not sure what to make of Australian mexican food. If anyone has any good suggestions I am up for hearing them. They did have a chandelier made out of Corona bottles.
I think this is what they call a sexual "in-da-window"
David Kramer suggested we eat at IKU, which is a cool natural vegan resturant. 
We were starving from the flight
The food was pretty sweet. We got some curries, noodle salads, vegie burger, and a couple of other things.  
Overall, the food was really good. We demolished our plates.
No Burger King for them in Australia.
No sir. but they do have something better...

These birds are everywhere. they look like something out of a cartoon.
I was incredibly tired and feeling terrible, but it was too early in the day to go to bed with out being mega jettlagged. 
This was such a rad tree tunnel.
a cool fountain in the park.
So many people were just chillin gout on the grass in the middle of the park. Sydney has a real mellow vibe.
Even downtown has some mushroom architecture. 
Things can get heavy though. We came across this hunger strike in the middle of downtown Sydney. They are asking for the Australian government to back the cease fire in Shri Lanka.
It was really intense. more info here if you are interested  http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/11/news/srilanka.php
Some history for you: Australia was founded by a ragtag bunch of criminals, but, Aye? did you know they still had real pirates cruising the harbor!  for real!!!
Has anyone seen the footy of Reynolds backside 180 this set?

I overheard someone saying that this was based on the shape of women's shoulder pads from those jacket in the 80's. Is that true?
This is that special kind of friendship, when a man and a woman really love each other kinda friendship. 
If you touch this you will turn into a red cactus monster. SWEET!!!
Tourist Dean
Dude! take my picture.
It really does feel like you are hanging out in a postcard
These people were all psyched to hang at the Opera house

We went for a walk around Sydney. My stomach was killing me. I felt like shit. but we still managed to take a bunch of pictures.
This tree is getting ready for its 55th birthday soon...
We saw so many of these cars around Sydney. They look like sleek El Caminos.
We really are the ugliest Americans. I am sure this is some sacred cultural Govt building that we just showing no regard for. Take that Australia!
Thats it. We left on a Monday and went to sleep on a Wednesday. Now are ready for our first show today in Sydney. Psyched!!!

26 comments:

Xaq Rothman said...

Those shapes on the Opera House are all pieces of one sphere. If you were Godzilla, you could rearrange them and play soccer!

siouxsiebee said...

Aww I miss you guys. Keep the updates coming and try not to pee on anything important while you're down under. Crikey?
sue

bobby & elisse said...

The photos of the dude in the SARS mask made my day...sorry it ruined yours.
Have fun in Australia - hope to see you in the near future!!
xo

sophie said...

GREAT POST. I love stuff that's about me!

Hello there, I'm 1/6th of Sydney blog Movestill. We'd like to commission a guest post while you're in town. Perhaps a review of your own show?

Sure our blog has a far smaller readership than yours and occasionally errs on the sub-par side, but we are diverse in ethnicity and dietry requirements!

If not, well, it's cool. There's not heaps in it for you guys, it's true.

Shall look forward to bombarding you with smug information about Jóëæòñrn Utzon's design influences for the Sydney Opera House, constructed in the late 1950's, when we cross paths at Iku.

Have a lovely time in Sydlol.

neha said...

hey i'm also 1/6 of movestill. we liked this a lot.

the guy with the SARS mask sounds like an absolute buzzkill. but for take-off and landing seats need to be in an upright position right? i hope the steward/ess told him that.

ibis' are the scariest fucking birds. can you believe they can fly? wtf.

there's a couple of decent mexican places here but nothing really note-worthy (maybe newton's cocina, if you have a bad craving). but while you're here, go to japanese, seafood etc. instead.

p.s. sophie is sad she spelt 'dietary' wrong.

Michaella said...

I am another 1/6th of Movestill and interviewed Randy for the new issue of my magazine Groupie which comes out next week!

I would also love you to guest blog and love the idea of a show review! Or a review of Sydney's Mexican eateries?

I do agree there's not much in it for you, but there is always so much time to kill when touring, no?

Enjoy Sydney (its so warm today!) See you at the show!

seanbelling said...

SHIT YES TO EVERYTHING
especially burgerlicious

see you guys tonight!

sophie said...

I'm pretty sure Neha meant seaweed when she 'seafood' back there.
(they are vegans babe)

[On that note, Wafu on Cleveland Street in Surry Hills is a nice Japanese place with a gluten free and very vegan-friendly menu]

Sorr for the bombardment!

neha said...

i did not seafood sophie!

what are you talking about???

sophie said...

No Age, please excuse my grammatical chaos. Neha, STOP SEAFOOD!

snoz said...

"I am not sure what to make of Australian mexican food. If anyone has any good suggestions I am up for hearing them. "

Beach Burrito company at Bondi beach

come Sunday, ill shout you a beer

eudemon said...

sweet headphones

Anonymous said...

"sexual in-da-window" HAHAHAHahahHAHAHAHHAhahaaha

anyway, i love Nouns so much that i actually bought a physical copy of it, which i virtually never do. you guys rule.

nickcf said...

mad mex is shithouse mexican - so is guzman y gomez - so ignore them

try out...

Rider - about the Hopetoun hotel in Surry Hills

Cafe Pacifico - riley st darlinghurst

The Flying Fajita Sisters - glebe point rd glebe

!!!

Cooper said...

Amazing vegan eatin' to do while in Oz:

Melbourne:

Trippy Taco in Collingwood
Shanghai Dumpling House in China Town
Shakahari off Lygon St.
Casa Del Gelato on Lygon St.
Lord Of The Fries in the city

Sydney:

Green Gourmet in Newtown
Naked in Newtown (full vegan breakfasts on weekends)

UPSET THE RHYTHM said...

Loving the facial hair, Randy! Hope Australia is as awesome as it looks and keep away from all those deadly critters chrxs and claire x

Stono Caves said...

Steer clear of Mad Mex, it's so shit. Montezuma's in Parramatta (Mexican) is pretty good. And Green Palace in Newtown is great for vegetarian Thai, methinks.
See you guys soon.
x

dogbeardbirdbeer said...

ha! funny stuff, sars dude and all...
you guys don't read these comments do you??
1 of yr songs shuffled on and i realized i actually missed you guys.
but seriously when next you coming back to n-y-c?
STEWART AVE BROOKLYN.

Matt said...

Hey guys,

Not really sure how to contact you but I wanted to let you know some photos from your Brisbane performance are up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/letsmakeart/sets/72157613217262770/

Check it out!

My email is matt@letsmakeart.com if you want to chat about photos or Aussie icons.

Louis said...

The car that looks like an El Camino is a ute. Way more of an aussie icon than the harbour bridge or opera house. Thanks yo

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