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Published: January 14th 2017
View from Sydney Tower Eye
Iconic Harbor Bridge. The tiny bit of green in the middle left by all the boats is where we were with Dave on our second day.
Our last day in Sydney was around 100 degrees and quite oppressive. Jason and I went to the Sydney Tower Eye
and saw the city from the highest point. I especially liked the interactive screens next to the windows that allowed you to click on a certain building in the view from that particular window and learn a little about it. After the Tower, we took a ferry across the harbor to Manly and wandered around the beachside tourist town for a little while. Jason even took off his shoes and socks and walked into the water a little bit. We went to a raw vegan restaurant, Native Feel Real
, for lunch where we enjoyed some fresh juices and one of our only healthy meals of this whole trip. We did a little shopping, but due to the extreme heat and humidity, took the ferry back and hopped on the train a bit early. We were exhausted from the heat and napped until Dave got home from work. The three of us stayed in again for dinner because it was so hot, and the next morning we took an Uber back to the airport and got on our flight for the first leg of our
The 14 hour flight was mostly uneventful, until the end that is. When we landed, we weren't allowed to leave the plane, and it soon became apparent why. 6 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol police officers came onto the plane and escorted 3 Australian guys off one by one. It turns out they were in party mode on the plane, having drunk quite a bit of alcohol, subsequently getting cut off by the flight attendants, then getting their own alcohol from their carry-on bags and downing that, and additionally being suspected of being on drugs. Supposedly one of the guys had passed out on the floor at one point of the flight too. We heard all this after the fact, when one of the flight attendants was explaining the situation to the passengers behind us. It was weird though, because we were only 2 or 3 rows in front of and across from these guys and they didn't seem exceptionally rowdy or anything; we didn’t even know there was an issue until after, though I did recall hearing one of the attendants say something like "I'm not giving you another one" pretty early on, but
it didn't mean to me at the time.
My Delta app notified me our 1:00pm flight home was delayed by an hour and offered alternate flights for us, so we picked an earlier one at 11:00, which worked out perfectly. Neither of us slept much on the flight from Sydney aside from a couple of very short naps, and by the time we went through customs, picked up our bags, got our new boarding passes and made our way to the next departure gate, we were pretty zombie-like after having been awake for the better part of 23 hours. I kept nodding off in my chair at the gate, and knocked out for most of the 4 hour flight back to Minneapolis.
We're home now, and jet lag is in full swing. There was an emergency water shut off due to a nearby main line bursting, and we're not loving the inability to shower after almost 2 days now. Last night we ordered delivery from our favorite pizza place, Pizza Lucé
, we both passed out at 8pm, but woke up around 3am, back to sleep at 7 and neither of us woke up until 3
this afternoon. This is going to be an interesting weekend - neither of us have ever come home from that part of the world before and it seems to be affecting us differently than when we've come back from Europe. I did plan for photos accordingly, however, and lovely Amazon delivered my new replacement camera cord today; previous posts have been updated with photos. 😊
Well, now that the water's back on, it's time for laundry and showers.
Until the next adventure!
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