01.10.2010 - 01.12.2010
After such an amazing month in New Zealand it’s hard to imagine what else could lie ahead of us, but it’s time to move on to Australia… (and with a new country, comes a new blogger, so bear with me)
Upon arriving in Sydney we were greeted with warm, humid & sunny weather (also known as “fine”) which was a pleasant surprise after the past 2 weeks of cool and rainy weather in NZ. We set out on foot to explore the heart of Sydney and in no time were taking in views of the Harbor Bridge, the Opera House and Circular Quay.
After a walk through the botanical gardens the heat was catching up with us, so we decided it was time for a nice cold Australian beer (or “piss” as the locals say). We found an Irish pub in the historic Rocks District which is known for its cobblestone streets and coincidentally, its pubs. No more than a few gulps into our first beer and we’d made our first Aussie friends. Dave, Pete, Ben and their friends were absolutely hilarious and were gracious enough to invite us to join them for a true Sydney experience – A PUB CRAWL! Honestly, it was too hot to do anything else and what better way to immerse ourselves in the local customs, so we imbibed!
Needless to say, we had a great afternoon touring the Sydney pubs with our new friends. Well, that is until I managed to slice my foot up on some oyster shells while getting out of the harbor waters from a swim. We wasted half of the next day trying to get a doctor to look at my foot, only to be told that it would heal with time.
Although I was a bit gimpy, we still managed to see the iconic Sydney beaches of Bondi and Manly. I had always imagined these places from a surfboard perspective, but I couldn’t go near the water with my bandaged foot.
Our evenings were spent indulging in wonderful dinners and late night strolls through Darling Harbor. We absolutely loved Sydney and wished we had more time to get beneath the surface of this vibrant harbor city. We’ll be back…
Syndey Opera House and the Harbour Bridge
Amy loves taking photos of others taking photos
Cityscape from botanical gardens
One of many fountains
Sydney from the ferry to Manly
Nightime photos Sydney