I am posting from a hotel!

…which is surprisingly not at all awful. It’s pretty much exactly what we were expecting considering the price. No idea what the hell the reviews were complaining about, everything’s clean and tidy.

The Zig Zag Railway was fun, and very sooty! I ended up with a bunch of black ash in my hair, which looked disturbingly like dandruff. After that we drove to Katoomba and stopped off at the viewing platform. There’ll be some rather spectacular photos coming on Monday or Tuesday! The clouds were all puffy and angry-looking, which made for much more interesting photos than what just blue sky would have.

We checked into the hotel about 5, and were pleasantly surprised as mentioned above. Dinner was at Savoy on Katoomba St, which was a wonderfully 50s-feeling cozy place. The food was absolutely fantastic. After that we went for a wander and stopped into a couple of antique-type places. The first one was bizarre… everything was just average crap, but so overpriced it was insane! They had a set of four “vintage country” wooden chairs for $320! had almost identical chairs in her unit in Boston that she picked up for $5. The second one was much more interesting, it actually had legimate old stuff (like a first edition leatherbound version of the Titanic disaster hearings from 1912 for the lowly sum of $17500!) and just all sorts of cool bric-a-brac and things.

By the time we were leaving it was properly night time and all the angry clouds had come over, followed by a bunch of fog that was on the way. It was very creepy! Probably also because of the lack of people around in Katoomba at night.

Tomorrow the only solid plan is the Jenolan Caves, and we’ll see what else looks interesting!

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