Checked off the bucket list...

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Aug 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, January 3, 2013

-flew to Sydney, pouring rain all day but dried up at night
-got a free tour of the city as we were the last stop of the airport shuttle
-walked around Chinatown in Darling
-grabbed a pizza and watched the Town Hall building projections (Christmas theme), then went to see the Cathedral projections (better)
-had yummy eggs ben at café of the corner of our hostel
-walked around Kings Cross to get a multi day card transport card
-Steve got a haircut
-checked into our Bondi digs, we had to book a week just to be there for NYE and at crazy expensive prices but at least we got our own private room, Internet downstairs too
-Coles for grocers
-morning walking tour for about 3 hrs to get the lay of the land
-checked out Syd Harb and Opera House
-made Mexican lunch
-spend the rest of days looking into flights to Japan, researching our NZ trip and car rental
-took ferry to Manly, Spit to Manly walk for about 3 hrs with stops
-walked beach but tons of tiny jellyfish in the wharf, way crowded too
-looked around the shops
-freezing ferry ride back and cloudy
-Paddington Mkt and Resevoir
-hung out at Bondi Beach
-drank too much goon, redecorated our room, moved furniture, did laundry
-Bondi Mkt
-ferried and walked all over Syd coastal to scout NYE spot the day before, people were already camping out at 3 pm!
-NYE we woke up early and headed out, we got right up in front of the SOH by 9:30 am, camped there all day lounging and nibbling on snacks, chatted with our neighbors, had Internet for a good portion the day
-bars opened up and we were in one of the few places that allowed alcohol, people said they'd be searching bags extensively but we totally could have snuck in drinks!
-9 pm was the first set of fireworks, aerial plane show, Aboriginal smoke blessing, Parade of Lights (lame), second set of fireworks and we rang in the New Year!  (checked off the bucket but once is
-brekkie in Bondi (man are they into breakfasts here) and coastal walk to Coogee
-checked out of our stay and into Kings X (we booked the wrong date!), camped out with the colorful people in McD's for Internet (there's a theme here)
-walked to Chinatown for Chinese food and souvenirs for the pups and human family
-walked Darling Harbour coast back to our Kings X stay
-bum or not at the hostel kitchen?
-off to NZ
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