Blogs from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney September 10th 2015

WE'RE BACK!!!!! Made it home safe and sound after a gruelling 39 and a half hours since waking up yesterday morning in San Diego. Noel got a few hours sleep last night on the LAX to Fiji leg but I have only had a 2 hour cat nap on the Fiji to Sydney leg today. I'm starting to feel pretty shattered but I promised the boys a returning home celebratory dinner tonight down at the pub. I only need to hold out another 3 hours then I can crash big time. Thank you everyone for all your lovely and/or funny comments on the blogs I have written. I'm so glad so many of you find my blogs witty and informative. It was great having you all come along for the ride, so to speak. See you ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Kings Cross August 21st 2015

Sitting in yoga class, my knees up to my ears when they're supposed to be touching the ground, wrists like limp noodles stretching towards the mat, and my neck bent in on itself in shame, I'm humbly reminded that some things are indeed harder to do than they first appear. I'm supposed to connect movement to my breath, but first I have to actually breathe, which I catch myself forgetting how to do. Inhaling deeply through the nose, my eyes wander to the roll of my stomach and my mind to what I had to eat this morning, tallying up the carbs and fats; I throw myself a bone by acknowledging I bypassed the chocolate croissant that would have gone perfectly with my coffee, which then brings about the thought of the Snickers I bought on ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney August 8th 2015

In keeping with tradition, we went to bed yesterday at 2pm, got up at midnight for a snack, went back to bed at 1:30am, and got up today at 5:30am. A bizarre schedule, yes, but very effective at getting us caught up on sleep and adjusted to the 17 hour time change (14 from Indiana)! Thanks to ample rest, we hit the ground running today, and spent almost 12 hours out and about in Sydney. We started our day with a delicious breakfast at a local cafe and walked down George Street to The Rocks area of Sydney where there are beautiful views of the harbor, the bridge, and the opera house. We decided to walk across the harbor bridge, enjoying the views of the harbor and opera house along the way. Then we had lunch ... read more
Freezing at Bondi Beach!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney August 7th 2015

We made it to Sydney!!! Our flight was smooth almost the entire way and we were both able to sleep some. We landed at 7am local time after 14 hours and 45 minutes of flying! The Sydney airport was a madhouse this morning, and Aaron got stuck in passport control when the automated system couldn't match the photo it took with what was on file for his passport. A long assistance line and 30 minutes later and he cleared. In the meantime I got the bags. I met him when he was cleared and we headed to customs where we had to go through special inspection because we have been hanging around a freshwater lake all summer. Turns out that ended up being no big deal, but my backpack was attacked three times by an exceptionally ... read more
Australia Day One
Australia Day One
Australia Day One

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Randwick July 13th 2015

Well the big adventure starts in 19 days. I hope it will be as good, in real life, as it is in my imagination. All we need now is for the AUD to move in the RIGHT direction instead of the downward spiral it is curently enjoying and to pack. I added my special friends (that's you) to my TravelBlog account so that you can read my posts while I'm away. Send me a quick reply or a message on Facebook if you see this post so I know that I have linked you up to this account properly. Thanks. Love Marg... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 15th 2015

Still not really on Sydney time, Sonia, John and Andrew were up early to take some photos of sunrise over the harbor on the viewing platform just upstairs from our room, and to check out the swimming pool. Although small, the indoor pool is very pretty, has a window so swimmers can enjoy the view, and has an aquarium-style window allowing observers to watch swimmers from below the water. Back in the apartment we collected Lauren and after a breakfast at Starbuck’s we headed out for our big adventure for the day. The Bridge Climb is an opportunity to climb along the arch of the Sydney Harbor Bridge to the peak (and back down). It took fully an hour to complete preparations, which consisted of donning jumpsuits, safety harnesses and attachments for all of our gear ... read more
Good morning kiss
Swimming pool
Giant aquarium

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 14th 2015

We arrived in Sydney a little after 10am on Sunday morning after about 19 hours of travel including a few hour lay-over in Auckland. John was reasonably excited that the three hour flight from Auckland to Sydney was on a 787 dreamliner, although it really didn’t turn out to be that different than any other airplane. Navigating customs and immigration was reasonably easy despite a few missteps on our part. Confident that Australians were our mates and would be quite happy to have us visit, it hadn’t crossed our minds that they would want us to get travel visas. Fortunately, the staff of Air New Zealand in SFO caught this and were able to fix it on the spot before we left the US. Secondly, Sonia had shamelessly brought trail mix into the country, causing her ... read more
Out on the Harbor
Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 28th 2015

We saw Sydney straight away at its best by keeping our travelling hat on. Jon, our host, told us to take a taxi to Mosman from the airport. We opted for the train to Circular Quay and the ferry across the harbour to Mosman Bay. A public bus waits for the ferry to take you up the hill to Central Mosman. We had landed at 6am from Darwin and the sky was already blue. Like most visitors in the digital age we took far too many pictures of Sydney harbour bridge and the Opera House as we cross the harbour. Jon walked us around the North shore of the harbour in Mosman which had some impeccable sandy beaches. Sydney impressed us as a New World city. There were lots of events and galleries to visit. The ... read more
Friendly parakeets in the park
An exhibition at the NSW Library
New South Wales Library Reading Room

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney May 16th 2015

A dream came true today when I saw the Sydney Opera House. Wow - it is just breathtaking. We were docked so close to it. Took a tour with another couple, Bob and Sandra, and we all fell in love with Sydney. The pictures speak for themselves.... read more
A Walk Along the Beach
Beautiful Waterfront
University of Sydney

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Beach May 12th 2015

WE'RE BACK! I know it's only been a couple of weeks, but our adoring fans (our mums ...) need their fix. So we left off the last blog having arrived in Sydney - to be more specific Bondi Beach. Our home for the next week was to be Bondi Backpackers, imaginatively named as it is a backpackers and is in fact based right on Bondi Beach. This place was a recommendation from a nameless, no longer friend of ours - RACHEL McKENZIE - as she had stayed here before. On arrival we were delightfully told we'd been upgraded. What was this upgrade we speak of? A queen size double room? A suite with panoramic views of the beach? No, no - unfortunately they thought that the people who had booked a 4 person dorm 4 weeks ... read more
Could sell this as a postcard!
One too many?
Assaulting Samantha

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