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Published: February 22nd 2019
well the cyclone is still messing with our itinerary. we are now in sydney harbour and were supposed to stay for only 2 days, and now it as been changed to 4. captain cook announced the cyclone is now in brisbane, exactly where we were headed. so we are staying sheltered in sydney harbour until it passes. i am still not sure which ports we will be making over he next week. it could all be changed. the cyclones name is cyclone Oma, which is funny because Oma is german for grandmother.
my first day in sydney i was booked on a 2 and a half hour walking tour around the city and harbour. the first night we were anchored out in the bay, and had to use a tender to get to shore. i am not too keen on tendering because i find it very rocky and it makes me queezy. i was lucky going off the ship because they took on some extra ferries to transport passengers, and i was lucky to get on the bigger ferry. a cruise ship called the queen elizabeth was docked in the circular quay, beside the opera house, where would be going
that evening after she leaves.
i really enjoyed the walking tour. the weather was perfect for me. 22 degrees and overcast with light showers. quite cool for summer here. but i'd rather it cooler than 37 degrees. we walked through the botanical gardens, around the city centre, then back to the oldest part of sydney called the rocks, built out of the rock by the convicts they used to send here in the 1800's. back along the quay to the opera house and on to a tender back to the acrcadia.
sydney has a population of 4.3 million. captain cook discovered it in 1770. i am sure it looks nicer in the sun, but i think vancouver harbour is much nicer with all the mountains in the background. there are so many people here. most of them cruise ship passengers. the smaller ships that can fit under the harbour bridge dock on the other side. there is a german ship there and an australian p&o cruise ship. lots of tourists choose to climb the bridge, but it is very expensive and the weather wasn't that great. downtown sydney is sooo noisy and loud with so much road work
careful these guys will steal your sushi
and building construction. i have never seen so much road work in all my life.
that evening after dinner my dining companions and myself all went up to the east bar which is the highest point on the arcadia to have one last drink together and to watch the arcadia re-position into sydneys circular quay. it was quite a sight with all the lights of the city and the opera house all lit up. we saw some large fruit bats flying over the ship. we had some last laughs together and said our goodbyes to one another.
the next day i woke up with a view of the opera house just outside my cabin. lots of activity around the ship. passengers leaving, food being re-stocked, ship being re-fueled, and of course new passengers arriving. it seems to be a younger crowd getting on and going only as far as hong kong. i now have 2 younger girls in the cabin beside me. i went on a tour to the featherdale wildlife park and saw all the australian wildlife. i should have been a koala bear. they like to sleep 22 hours a day. one can have their photo
opera house view from botanical gardens
taken with a koala but they have to keep changing them out because they keep falling asleep. after dinner that evening i went into town to see some nightlife. all the bars and pubs here are full of men in business suits. i don't really like australian men's mentality towards women.
so today i am in sydneys circular quay district emailing you all from customs house where they have a huge 3D map of sydney under the floor with glass on top. quite impressive. there is also a market today in the rocks where i might make a wonder over to later. i haven't met my new dining companions yet, maybe tonight.
so i am not sure when and where we will be going next, but i will try to keep you updated.
cruisin susan 😊
here is a limerick for you to go with the pelican photo. i learned it when i was 10 from my uncle joe gottlieb.
a remarkable bird is the pelican.
his beak can hold more than his belly can.
he can hold in his beak enough food for a week.
i'd be damned if
i knew how the hell he can,
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