On route to Sydney 35,000 ft up!
Australia Sydney Here i come!!!!
Wow, this is going to be tough now writing this blog. It was 5 months ago when i arrived in Australia but i'll give it a bash.
I'll start this still in New Zealand. There was definitely a sombre atmosphere the day after the fun and much enjoyable Christmas dinner and party. It was the best send off possible as today it's time for Helen and I to leave for Sydney. In Particular I remember seeing Drew after ME and Helen had said our good byes and he sure look sad. Anyway, you can't blame the lad - who wouldn't be sad to see me leave lol.
At the airport we had some time to burn so me and Helen went for some retail therapy (well mainly me). As i had lost my last sunglasses in Maui i checked out the Sunnies and saw a gorgeous pair of Ray-bans that instantly looked great on me and fit perfect. I wanted them some much but i was having an internal debate and was torn on what to do, mainly due to the price. In the end i simply just had to have
In Bondi - Canadian Girls from Maui
them! I also had a few NZ dollars left so I bought some sambuka and Baileys - i figured as we're in Australia soon it will definitely get drunk and not go to waste. Based on that and there was an offer as well, i bought 2 bottles of Sambuka.
The flight over to Sydney was smooth and not too long and it was good to chat and laugh with Helen.
When we arrived Helen had her own arrangements to get to Manly. I was been met by Kathy and Becky, the 2 canadian girls from the banana bungalow in Maui. They had been in Oz for a few weeks now working and we had arranged for me to stay with them for a few days in Bondi. As i walked through Arrivals i was expecting to see them or more likely hear them and get ambushed as lets say they are a little bit enthusiastic and bubbly and not the quietest pair in the world. However to my disappointment and partial relief there was no sign of them. I give them a ring on they were on the bus and on route, stuck in traffic, will be
I think a hour had passed and no digh so i went for a walk in the terminal building then decided to give them another call. I just got through to them and was talking on the phone to Becky when i heard my name been shouted out in a Canadian but so funny accent from the other side of the terminal building. They could see me but i couldn't see them. I looked around and then i saw them , about 30 meters away running towards me and shouting my name - I felt everyones eyes in the terminal looking at me / them. Becky and Kathy certainly didn't care and I, well I didn't really care either - anyway they came running over and it was big hugs all around. It was really good to see them again!
From there we got a bus back to Bondi and to their apartment. It was quite late when we arrived. Kat and Alex were already in Sydney (kings cross) so we called them and arranged for them to come over. It wasnt long before the Sambuka was out. The Tennants of the apartment introduced us to
From left to right (Alex, Kathy, Becki, Kat) - the guys from Maui (Good to all again!)
a drink 1/2 Baileys and 1/2 sambuka - i thought it would be disgusting but actually is was really really nice. That night we had a few drinks, had a chat and a good catch up, took a walk to the beach and went to this nice spot on the cliffs over looking the sea.
Kat and Alex eventually left around 1am...ish i think. That was my signal for bed as i remember been totally shattered and in much need for some beauty sleep. Later that night Alex and Kat had returned to the apartment as they had waited for ages at the bus stop and the bus hadn't come, so probably they had missed the last bus so they decided to come back and crash on the floor and use some curtains as a cover lol.
The next morning I took a stroll to the beach thought i'd make the most of the warm sunny weather and top up my fast faded tan. I really didn't know what to expect of Bondi Beach. I'd heard so much about it and it is world famous so i guess i expected it to be a bit of a heavenly
1st night in Sydney! First time at bondi beach
beach with palm trees. But its totally the opposite. Its far from been secluded , peaceful and quiet. Its very open, busy, a grass area and lots of shops, houses to the back - to be honest its similar to what we have in England, like in Bournemouth....but much nicer and warmer. Anyway, It was pretty hot so decided to cool off in the water...and by god i wasn't wrong using the term cool off! The water wasn't exactly like the nice pleasantly warm waters of Fiji i had become accustomed too. It definitely cooled off the old cockles lol.
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