Sydney city (CONTAINS VIDEO)
Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
115Trip End Mar 21, 2008
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Despite our best efforts at a lie-in, the old body clock wakes us up at around 7.30, so we decide to get moving. All the buses go into town, so we grab one and it takes us down to Circular Quay on the waterfront. From there it is a short walk to the famous Sydney Opera House. Designed by some Scandinavian guy who cut segments out of a globe and then rearranged them, the Opera House is virtually synonymous with Sydney, even though most of the people who climb its steps or take its photo would never even consider going to an opera. That includes us, so we just do the touristy thing and move on. It is a very impressive structure though.
I have actually been to Sydney a couple of times before but one was when I was only 12 years old and the other was only for one day. It is a very pretty city, perfect for tourists but not 'touristy', busy but not crowded, modern but not tacky and multicultural but distinctly Australian.
The Chinatown section isn't much to write home about. It's basically just one short street, surprising considering that an estimated 25 percent of Sydney's population is Asian. It's major redeeming feature is a half-Chinese, half-Australian supermarket that had an entire aisle devoted to 2-minute noodles of all varieties. We can't resist the lure of this amazing array, so we pick up four packets, which later end up as the centrepiece of a delicious meal back at Terry's. We decide to walk home up Sydney's main drag, an exercise that takes about an hour.