Goodbye New Zealand, hello Sydney!!

Trip Start Mar 03, 2005
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Friday, March 3, 2006

Well, it's bye to New Zealand. Booooooooo hooooooo. My working visa has expired and to make sure that I wasn't kicked out of the country by the heavies, I flew to Sydney today. It was a sad moment for sure. But I was looking forward to seeing Sydney after hearing so much about it from people I'd met in NZ. One thing I was really looking forward to was the weather and getting a lovely sun tan!!! And of course the scenery, the beaches, the surfers, the Harbour Bridge, Opera House......... and the rest.
So I landed in Sydney airport, and called the hostel that I had booked online the previous night only to be told that they didn't actually have any vacancies; instead they had booked us into a hostel around the corner, which he assured me was 'really nice'. So off we went in this little crammed shuttle bus off to the hostel. After a couple of stops to let other backpackers off we got to this dodgy looking hostel in a seedy back alley. And guess what, this was the 'nice' hostel we were booked to stay in for the next two nights. Fortunately we had a welcoming committee of some skagheads and alkies who slurred 'welcome to the Bernley'. Great.
Not wanting to hang around this crack den too long we headed out for a walk through the Botanical Gardens to the Opera house and Finger Wharf. Saw some really strange birds walking through the gardens, and some huge spider webs - fortunately not the spiders though. The approach to the opera house was great, the views were just fantastic. It looks really different up front to what I'd expected, and it's actually 3 different buildings. Really good.
We headed to a posh bar underneath the Opera House for some nice scran, sitting outside in the sun, at which point the heavens opened and any notions I had of al fresco eating in a posh bar in Sydney were quoshed..... Never mind! The rain eased off after a bit, and we went for a wander around the harbour, and to an area called The Rocks, which was the first settlement in Australia, and therefore as you can imagine, it used to be a right dodgy place to be! Nice now though, and we had a taste of some culture, looking in a gallery at some $250,000 paintings. Thought that I might pick up a couple of those at the end of my stay in Sydney, but they'd be too bulky to carry around that day........
Anyway, the rest of the day was spent catching up on some sleep and then exploring the seedy area near our hostel - Kings Cross; which is a melting pot of whores, rich posh sods, and backpackers......... Weird.
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