06 Feb 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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The distillery being one of the popular local attractions of Bundaberg, we headed over for our 12:00 tour. One of Katie's friends had already booked us in for the tour and paid for our passes. When we arrived we reimbursed her and began to look around, since we were still a little early for our tour.
The self guided museum tour portion at the beginning was informative and encompassed a wide variety of the distilleries history. By the time we made it about 3/4 of the way through, they called us in to a indoor amphitheatre to begin the safety breeding for our guided tour.
For the tour they brought us through the several rooms where tanks held the mixed up sugar cane, yeast and water forming molasses and later on alcohol.
Our tour guides Jackie and Angus, were energetic, engaging and attempted at some humour. They kept the tour interesting and enjoyable with their catch words "huzzah" and "poppycock", as well as the tastings of the molasses, and two drinks of our choice of flavoured rum in the bar at the end of the tour.
For any rum drinkers out there, I would suggest Bundaberg's rum, as it offers many flavours and percentages to fit a variety of interests.

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Cowboys vs. Broncos

Kaity and her family had offered Lauren and I extra tickets to the game if we were interested and since we had nothing else planned we decided that we would join in on the experience. The rain for the past few days had altered our plans quite a bit, but tonight we came prepared with rain jackets, and ponchos.
We drove over in Kaity's car and since it was an all wheel drive we parked up over the curb on the grass, giving us a close walk to the stadium.
Shortly after entering the stadium the first bout of rain came through, and with no shelter to hide under we took the rain for what it was and went and got a hot chocolate.
We stood around the fence line separating the field from the stands watching the teams warm up, until the security cleared the area. Lauren and I were sitting with Ben, Kaity's brother on the opposite side of the stadium, so when they cleared us away we went to find ourselves a seat on the bleachers.
Watching people pass by, quite a few of them looked quite muddy, and as we approached the other side we soon began to understand why. The path circling the field turned into a mud pit, so we decided we would be better off shoeless than to try and keep our shoes on our feet. Embracing the mud we waded through it and eventually found ourselves a spot on the lowest bench sitting with our feet squishing into the mud path about ankle deep.
The match began and Ben began describing to us the rules and reasons for the plays, goals and try's.
The match was interesting to follow and learn and with Bens help I think I almost fully understand rugby now. By cheering for both teams it was easy to go home happy. The Broncos won the match leaving a mixture of both happy and upset fans. None the less it was a really fun experience, especially with the amount of rain, mud and the fun company. The three of us ended up going home with mud painted legs, wet feet, and a few stories to share.