i have arrived at ayers rock. a bit of another hotel mishap. the one i had
booked into forgot to mention on their website that they do not have tvs, desks
or, indeed, windows in the bedrooms. the major point of being here is to see
ayers rock so not having a window seems a little strange. the guy at the desk
agreed and told me it was the managers decision. they obviously have a lot of
people a bit surprised as he immediately offered to move me to a different
hotel (there are about 6 or 7 places here, but they’re all run by the same
people) and upgrade me. so now i have a much more reasonable room. it’s a bit
obscured by the brush but i can see ayers rock off in the distance so i’ll have
to set the alarm early to get the sunrise tomorrow.

i have been advised that this is a great place to go in a helicoptor, and as i
have never been in one before, tomorrow seems like the ideal opportunity.

it’s been raining in new south wales for the last couple of days, everyone else
is really happy as it is helping to alleviate the worst drought in living
memory but for me it’s a bit of a pain. when i was driving to kingsford smith
(the main airport in sydney) yesterday it rained for the entire 6 hour journey.
at one point we were stationary for an hour as a truck had come off the road
and there was no way past. up here it is a bit cloudy but very hot at 36
degrees, no humidity either which makes a welcome change.