G'bye Thailand, G'day Australia
Trip Start May 16, 2006
41Trip End Aug 15, 2006
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When I took off from BKK the sun was setting, as I landed in Sydney(SYD) the sun was rising. What a change of pace, I no longer have to worry about crazy BKK drivers who will stop for nothing. Its nice to be back where pedestrians aren't human pylons! Thankfully SYD and BKK both drive on the wrong side of the road so that is one adjustment I do not have to make.
I hit the ground running this AM. I thought it best to fight through the jet lag and the 5 minutes of sleep I had in my MIDDLE SEAT on the 8.5 hour flight coming here. It was a beautiful day here in SYD. Cloudless Carolina blue skies Probably mid 60's at best and a little breeze. Quite a change from the past 6 weeks, but refreshing. Today was spent walking all over SYD
My first shocker here were the prices. After 3 weeks of $18 a night rooms and $2-5 dollar meals, reality check. SYD is expensive by comparison! The place is loaded with Thai restaurants though!!! About 4 X's what I was paying in Thailand. Rooms are almost double and that's for a hostel. I had found a place to stay in a private home but passed because I totally misunderstood the pricing system for hostels here. The price the rooms was priced per person. If you are one person you pay the rate for two people, which stinks. I'm staying in the Kings Cross area which is not exactly the best area in SYD. Tomorrow I switch over to another hostel a little newer, bigger, and cleaner.
Lets see Ive been awake now about 33 hours so I think I am going to go crash. I have an ambitious itinerary mapped out for tomorrow, so it will be a long day.