Day 1 and 2
Sooo... yeah, failed at this travel blog. One thing is that internet is so expensive over here, hard to have time to write everything down. I will write these last two entries from Melbourne and then finish up the rest of my trip from back home. I know it's not the same but I do want to have everything written down so I can look back and read through it, plus it will still be a good read for those of you who want to know about my adventures So more on Sydney...
Tim and I woke up in the morning for breakfast and we got ready for the OZ bus that was coming around 10:30. We watched some Aussie TV, some crazy morning show that was having it's 5th birthday, pretty similar to Good Morning America. Finally the OZ bus shows up and parks to let its passengers already travelling a chance to stretch. One of the passengers looked familiar, I went up to him and it was Tamir, my Israeli buddy from Surfers paradise and Byron Bay! He was trying to get down to Sydney too and was going to take the train as well. I introduced hime to Tim and then we said good bye to the surf camp and got on the bus. It was about an hour drive from the camp to Coff's Harbor, where we were catching the train. our bus driver was really nice and went out of his way to dive us to the station as well as to the super market so we could get some food for our travels. I got some crackers, cheese, chicken strips and chips for the 10 hour train ride, and sawpped a few things with the boys for a better meal. The train was about 45 minutes late just to add to the fun, but we settled into our seats and started off. The train went through some beautiful countryside, it was a great view, also saw the areas that were flooded fromt eh days before. I snoozed for awhile then had some snacks and wine with Tamir and Tim and we chatted. Thats pretty much all we did the whole trip, napped, eat and talked. FINALLY we arrived in Sydney, it turned out we were all staying at Base as well so we grabbed our bags and headed to the hostel. After a pretty long walk we finally made it to the hostel and we checked in. Being the crazy travellers that we were all three of us decided we should go out for a drink for our first night in Sydney, so we grabbed some Pie Face then went to the hostel bar, the Scary Canary. It was pretty bumping and crowded, couldnt even get on the dance floor. The three of us just drank our pints on the side and lazily looked on. After an hour we called it quits and went off to bed. Tim and Tamir were checking out the next day, so I made plans to meet up with them in the evening and said good night.
I woke up around 11am Saturday morning since I was soooo tired from the day before. I had a quick breakfast and headed down to see the Harbor and the Sydney Opera house. It was a long walk, but beautiful the whole way. The city has very interesting architexture and a lot of art work and exhibits going on. I got to the harbor and was greeted by some fantastic sights. The Opera House and Bridge of course, but also the docks, the Skyline and the ferries, so much going on, I was so excited. I went up to a kiosk to see how much the tours were and I was given a deal on a 3 day attraction pass. I paid aroun 100$ to be able to get into every attraction in Sydney, including the Oper House tour, Aquarium, Wild Life park, museums, beach tours, ect. I started off right away and went on a speed boat tour of the harbor. The boat was pretty fun, playing rock music as we sped along, and then the guide giving us infor about the history of the harbor. Got some amazing views of the Opera House and bridge, as well as other parts of the bay and harbors. We came back to dock and I made it over to the Opera House just in time to do their in house tour. Our group was taken trhough out the two main building as we learned about the history of getting the house built as well as what kind of productions are put on there. We got to go into the main symphony hall as well as one of the big opera rooms. It was so beautiful and an awesome tour. I really wished I had time and money to go see an opera there, that will have to be for next time.
I headed back to the hostel to get ready for a night out with the T boys (Tim and Tamir). Went to a bar in Kings Cross, which is the party central of Sydney. There we met up with another guy I knew from Surfers Paradise and Byron, Bas from the Netherlands. We caught up, had a few drinks and danced a bit. I was talking to another very cute Dutch boy, and we seemed to be hitting it off. We came around to the age conversation, and I knew he had to be at least 22. When I told him how old I was he got this funny look on his face then I asked his age. He went from 28 to 25, and I told him to tell me the truth. The truth was he was 19, ARG!! We both laughed it off but then he went to the other side of the bar for the rest of the night... oh well. Me, Tim, Tamir, Bas and Bas' lady friend then went back to my hostels bar and finished the night off there. It was a long day and I had to get up early for the next round of tours...