June 15 - Today I was going to investigate and then tell you about the unbelievably noisy and weird birds on campus, but I’ll save that for a more boring day (get excited). Instead, I’ll tell you about how I just finished eating a heart attack burger! Four years ago Blair and I had gotten burgers somewhere near one of the beaches, and the legend of the heart attack burger began. Today, it’s existence can be confirmed! I did have something similar in NZ, but it was missing at least one key component.
As you can maybe tell from the picture, this burger has a lot of stuff on it. Beef patty (obviously), lettuce, tomato, onion (normal so far), bacon (still reasonable), beets (weird), and a fried egg (wtf). I’m pretty sure it also has BBQ sauce, although I can’t be sure since it may just be a mixture of juices from other things. It also might have cheese but I don’t think so. Actually if I had gotten “the lot” it would have also had pineapple on it, but I really thought that would be disgusting (and I actually like pineapple, believe it or not). I like to think that the beets were somewhat of an afterthought in the whole process. Sort of like, “holy crap, this thing is really unhealthy…maybe we should add another vegetable (‘salad’ as they would say here).”
I walked back from getting dinner through campus, and discovered that some of the student’s brains have been officially broken by exam week. About half way through my walk back, a group of maybe 6 or so students came running out of one of the buildings with a shopping cart (‘trolley’ they were saying), and I really thought someone was going to ride in it down the promenade which would have been amazing. Sadly, it seems that whoever was supposed to do it chickened out, so it didn’t happen. However, one of the students did proceed to sing 4 songs over the next five minutes. At first he started singing “this is the song that never ends,” which I figured he would do for a little while to annoy his friends (and the rest of us). But after that, he continued on! Next with “I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves.” Then the evening took a real shift; “Do, a deer, a female deer, Re, a drop of golden sun!” Followed by “Tonigggghhhhhhttttt, we are young.” Sadly at this point we went in separate directions, so I didn’t get to find out what was coming next.
So, successful first week in Sydney, now it’s time for weekend adventuring! I think I’ve got the bus thing figured out, so tomorrow to downtown!