Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
27Trip End Jan 17, 2009
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On Monday, we arrived at Sydney at around 2pm. We dropped out stuff at the hotel, which is very central and in what seems to be the Chinatown, and we decided to go to the harbour for a coffee and to plan our six days in Sydney.
On the way there we walked through Hyde Park and the Botanic Gardens and we were really surprised to see such parks, rich in colorful flowers and palms right next to the city centre. We actually walked up to the very end of the Botanic Gardens, where we had great view of the Opera and Sydney Bridge. After that, we walked to the Opera and ended up at the box office booking tickets for a ballet (guess who convinced who for this!). From the Opera we could see people doing the Bridge climb on the Harbour Bridge. Not yet sure whether we will be doing this. The harbour itself is beautiful. Surrounded by tall skyscrapers, stylish cafés and restaurants, modern glass apartment buildings, flooded by boats and fashionable people, it is quite breathtaking. Especially at night.
After a looooooooong sleep, we began our day at Darling Harbor. A great place for a walk, combining nice cafés, museums, entertainment parks, the sea... everything really. After a quick visit to the maritime museum (the submarine was not there due to planned maintenance) we headed to Sydney Wildlife World.
After a late lunch (or early dinner?) we headed toward the opera. Given the bad transportation system in Sydney, this meant yet another 30-min walk. The whole walking thing keeps reminding to Thomas how expensive his favorite energy source (chocolate bars) is in Australia. No wonder Australians are not fat. $2.50 for a kit kat? Are you kidding? Given the amount of chocolate that Thomas consumes we might have to leave our hotel and stay in a tent somewhere in the harbour...
We finished the day watching the ballet performance "Interplay" in the Opera. Quite a unique experience. It was funny to see both of us in touristy outfits among the elegant Australian ladies and the serious gentlemen in suits who came to watch ballet. Funny contrast, but who cares. The performance consisted of three separate plays, which apparently was a bit confusing for Thomas.
Having read the story of the plays in the guide, during the FIRST play Thomas tried to understand what was happening with these crazy people dancing on stage while having in his mind the story of the SECOND play. No wonder he didn't make any sense of the play. Too much cultural activities for him over the last week... quota exceeded!
Quote of the day:
Mina, while watching the kangaroos: "These cuties remind me that I need a nice coat!"