Brisbane / Sydney Austraila
04.30.2007 -17 °C
This morning we got up and headed to the train station bright and early to catch the train back to Sydney. It was a long train ride, but I loved it because we got to see the whole countryside between Brissy and Sydney.
We didn’t get in till late that night and there’s really only one thing that sticks out in my head from that day. We arrived at the Sydney Station later in the evening and got off the train, thankful to be able to stretch and walk around. We gathered our bags and started to head out to call a cab to get back to our hotel, the Radisson again. As we were walking out, I noticed that along the side of the platform were some blankets and you could tell that there were people lying under them. Homeless people have always made me sad, but this was worse. It was a chilly night and they only had a big piece of cardboard under them on the concrete and one thin blanket over them. As I walked by I tried not to stare, but I heard a small wail come from under the blanket. The man adjusted the blanket over the woman and when I was raised I could see that she had a newborn baby lying on her chest wearing only a diaper. It broke my heart. I got very emotional right at that moment. I don’t know why they were sleeping in the subway but it was absolutely wrong that they had a tiny baby out there with them. I can’t imagine being a mother and not wanting to do absolutely anything to make sure that my child had clothing, food and a bed to sleep in. There would be no way that I would have a child, especially at that age, out in the streets on a cold winter night to sleep in a train station. It was really sad to see and really upset me…I was happy to get back to the hotel and have a nice hot bath and just let the ick of the day on the train just ooze off me. The next day was the last day that we were going to spend in Australia and we wanted to make sure that we made a day of it.