Again we have another round of thankyous to do before we update you with Sydney and thats a mahoosive thanks to Cindy, Helen and Luke who had us to stay with them whilst we were in Sydney. It was a cracking way to get around the city and experience some of the culture too and by culture I mean of course the bbq before the K.O.L concert but more about that later.
So we arrived in Syndey on St Patricks Day and what better thing to do on this special day than go to the pub? Our flight got in pretty early, so we went to Cindys local and had a few drinks before she came to collect us. I spoke to a very nice chap behind the bar, who kindly gave me a Guinness hat when I asked for it. You all know how I get about daft hats and I'm sure you can all imagine the look that Heather gave me when she saw me with the hat. If there's one person who shouldnt be given a daft hat- it's me and I wore that hat all night (mum I bet you're so proud)
Cindy told us that she'd never been out on St Patricks day before, so what better way to kick off the tradition than with a couple of Scousers and a pub full of Aussies? (sound a bit like the non Irish Irish bar in Washington?? haha) So the night was wicked and we all got unbelievably drunk (well it would have been rude not to eh) We got chatting to a nice group of people who were standing at the same table as us and there are some beautiful classic shots on facebook, for those of you who care enough to go and have a look lol.
So with the first night over; Heather, Cindy and I all stumbled back to Cindy's house and awaited our hangovers to find us. We spent our first day in the city wandering around and I have to say that I can completely understand why people dont want to leave Sydney- as soon as I saw the harbour I think I fell in love with it.
Before we went to Syndey Harbour we visited Darling Harbour and went into the Chinese Gardens of Friendship. If China looks anything like this garden did then we are in for a treat and a half because it was beautiful. Our second evening in Sydney was spent wandering around the harbour, getting piccies of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, then around by the Rocks and then home. It was nice catching up with Cindy properly and it was lovely having her show us around her hometown. We have some nice photographs of all of us, nice and arty haha although Cindys direction leaves a lot to be desired hahaha.
Our third day was spent doing a hop on hop off tour which is where I discovered that there is soooo much more to Sydney than I originally gave it credit for. The few days that we spent in Sydney definitely weren't enough and I cant wait to visit this side of the world again so that I can explore it properly. We also visited Bondi Beach and although it looks quite nice, after 2 weeks in Fiji it doesn't really compare so I'd advise anyone wanting to do both of these- do Bondi first because you'll be blown away by Fiji.
Our third evening in Sydney was probably my favourite and the reasons are to follow. Cindys housemate threw a barbie and we had a few drinks. Helen...the wonderful wonderful lady that she is, had a spare ticket to see K.O.L and so I went along with her to see them play at Sydney Entertainment Cente. Apologies to anybody that I've already spoken to about this gig but they were incredible live! Their cd's definitely don't do them justice and I spent the evening being thrown around in a pit...which was so much fun haha.
We went to Featherdale Wildlife Park on our last day and it was a tough decision that I made to go there over the Blue Mountains. I really wanted to hold a kangaroo and decided that I would do the Blue Mountains when I next come back because I'll be spending a lot longer here and there is a lot of hiking involved (so there's a nice excuse for me to return eh) We're on limited time and figured that we wouldnt have time to do the Australia zoo because there was a small matter of Byron Bay and a skydive to contend with. The wildlife park was incredible and we stroked koala bears (although they look a lot less cuddly up close) and played with/ fed the kangaroos. It's nice that they're allowed to roam free and we have some wicked action shots with them.
We went for a meal and discovered fruity lexia (goon) on our final night in Sydney: Sally, Matt- you guys were both right about it and now Im seriously concerned about how the next 12 days are going to go as we have the Fraser Island tour, Whitsundays and Magnetic to get through haha.
We got to Brisbane in one piece and the flight was pretty calm.
lots of love
x x x