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Published: January 1st 2017
I will learn the name of this bird before I go back to the States
After the last travel fiasco coming home from Iceland, we purposely built in a 7 hour layover for this trip to Sydney. Rushing through the airport was a wonderful thing and the 15 hour flight was mostly uneventful, though sleeping in a middle seat is just not that easy. Fun fact: they have Uber here, so when we finally landed in Sydney, we used the familiar app to grab a ride to Dave's apartment in Glebe. We were smart enough not to nap when we got here, and after showering and changing, the three of us headed out together.
First stop, lunch at the adorable all vegetarian Badde Manors
café, then we headed over to the shopping center to pick up a hair dryer and some hard ciders for the New Year's festivities. The walk to the train station from Dave's is just under a mile, but with the temp and humidity both barely shy of 80, it was quite the hike. Dave brought us to his office first for refreshments and a quick game of ping pong before we moseyed over to Circular Quay to scope out our options for viewing the much talked about NYE fireworks. Unfortunately,
we had 6 hours until the fireworks, and every place we looked was packed with people reserving seats already (even on concrete walkways and the stairs of the famous opera house). We just knew we weren't going to make it that long sitting on cement in the heat after such a long flight in tight quarters, and also didn't feel like maneuvering through the crowds to get back to the apartment later, so we headed back early. We grabbed a fast takeaway dinner from Lord of the Fries
by the train platform and hustled back to the apartment for the evening. (P.S. the two guys I'm with are almost a foot taller than me and Dave makes this walk multiple times a day , so I am wiped out.) We had a few drinks after dinner, then I crashed super early, and the boys only made it to 11:45 - totally missed the fireworks on TV.
For day 2 in Sydney, we started with a yummy takeaway breaky from Badde Manors
again, then took the train across the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge to check out the harbor. The breeze was so welcome that
Sydney Opera House
This is the view from the ferry
I wanted to hang out there for a bit, but we had a lot to see and were trying to be efficient since we were expecting rain later that afternoon. We took a ferry across the harbor back to Circular Quay and stopped for a snack at Gelatissimo
for a snack. The green apple sorbet was perfectly refreshing. I've been teasing Dave about his didgeridoo
skills since we started planning this trip, and mere seconds after I paid for my dessert, I recognized the sound of the unique instrument very close by. We stood around with the crowd for a bit and watched the show, but alas, Dave wasn't keen on picking one up to learn for himself. Nor did any of us purchase a (possibly authentic) boomerang the indigenous people were selling alongside their show. After we were thoroughly refreshed and entertained, we walked over to the Sydney Opera House
and took in the sights. Since we were starting to wonder when the rain was coming, we headed back to the apartment and enjoyed the a.c. (or aircon as the locals call it) and hung out for a while planning tomorrow's adventure - the Blue Mountains. Once Jason wakes up from
his nap, we're going to Soul Burger
for dinner and will get to bed early tonight since our train to the mountains leaves around 7am tomorrow.
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