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Published: August 21st 2007
What we saw from our room
August 16, 2007 Sydney
This morning we woke up and headed for the visitor center. We decided we wanted to take a tour of the opera house, go to the zoo, and do a “hop on hop off” tour of Sydney. I have decided that weather people cannot be trusted at all. I know, nobody believes the weather, but it is usually close right? Not today. Cold (50) and raining. Ugh.
I was feeling a bit blue, so I bought a phone card and called the only numbers that I knew by heart or that Mark had in his UK phone. I mailed my cell phone home to my mom, since I couldn’t use it and forgot to write down all the numbers in it. Krissy wasn’t there, but it was great to hear her voice on her answering machine. Then I called Denise, it was great to talk to her and catch up on things. It was a phone call filled with laughter and talking about everyday things which made me feel close to home. I then called my dad and mom, who assured me that the sun will come out tomorrow, well she sang it to me, but nether
The Opera House
On our way back from the Zoo via Ferry. I believe that is blue sky!!
less I am sure it will after that. My parents are the best! I had a nice chat with them and then it was off to explore the best of Sydney.
We went to the Opera house first thinking that the clouds might pass over and it will be nicer later in the day. We had our tickets so we waited with everybody else and started the tour when a tour guide called everybody. We were with a group that was a bunch of America’s on a bus tour. I thought great, People who sound like me. Well we got halfway through the impressive Opera house and then one of the women on the tour asked if we were on the bus tour. Mark said no and we moved on to the next part of the opera house. When we were walking in, the tour guide came up and asked if we were on the bus tour. We said no, she then informed us that we had to stop the tour and take another tour. Huh? Apparently a couple people on the tour were mad that we were on the same tour as it was supposed to be a
The Opera House
Inside the Opera House before getting kicked off the tour
group tour only for the bus group. Well it would have been nice if somebody had told us in the beginning. After all, we paid just like them and waited in the same area as they did, where all tours met. There were also other people not affiliated with them ( I know because they didn’t speak English). So because two women were selfish we were told to start the tour over. I have never been so mad, well I have but they got the evil eye AND that included the still popped blood vessel eye that I have been trying to hide. I am hoping they don’t run into any foreigners and act like that because that is where the selfish American impression comes from. Oh, and mom and dad don’t worry I didn’t give them any gestures, but I was really tempted to. I don’t get angry that often, but ohhhhh did they get on the wrong side of both of us.
We were so mad that we decided not to start the tour again. When we were walking away from the house, there was a break in the clouds and what do you know the sun came
The Opera House
Inside the Opera House. The Ceiling
out. We decided to take advantage of the sun and got on the ferry to the zoo. The ferry ride was only about 15 minutes at most and the zoo was awesome. When you get to the wharf, you get on a sky tram and go over the zoo. When you get to the top all the exhibits are winding back down to the wharf. Right off the sky ride, there was Koala encounter! I had to do it. Mark and I were able to go in with two Koalas and have our picture taken. Since there wasn’t anybody else waiting we were able to hang out a bit and chat with a zoo keeper and take as many pictures up close of the Koalas. Hanging out with the Koalas definitely made up for the Opera house tour. We have great pictures and it was an experience I will never forget. Oh and of course, I have changed my mind about having a pig or cow and would love a koala. Both of them were pretty young, only about 15 months old, and the boy became restless and climbed down the tree and had a walk around. It was fascinating
Hi, my little friend.
until he started eyeing my purse, and all I could think was passports are in there. The zoo keeper was actually watching very carefully because the koala kept drinking out of the water bowl. This is typically a sign that he is dehydrated or something else is wrong. Anybody ever see when animals attack? He didn’t but I was waiting for it. He decided to climb back up and hang out with the girl Koala. We left and head for the Kangaroos. It was really great because you could walk through their habitat and stand next to them. Definitely one of the best zoos I have been at.
After the zoo we headed down back across the harbor and jumped on the tour bus. It was pretty cold again, but still dry. Sydney is a fun city and we definitely would go back, just at a warmer time of year.
We stayed the night in the Holiday Inn at Potts Point, which apparently is the Red light district; I swear I didn’t know when I booked it. But we had a great time out and had another early-ish night
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