Sydney with the Locals

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Jan 23, 2010

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Mick and Brie's House

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sydney was awesome! We were lucky enough to have met some cool people in Phuket that were from Sydney and they let us crash at their house with them. It turned out to be a great experience because Mick and Brie ended up taking us to just about every part of the city that was worth a visit. We spent a day checking out the amazing sea cliffs that are in the far south end of the city. Another day, Mick drove us around and showed us some of the more popular beaches, such as Bondi Beach and some others. We also ate tons of kangaroo meat, which is just delicious! Definitely one thing I will miss about Australia is the "roo" meat. We also got to go to quite a few of the best pubs in Sydney; and no, none of them had Fosters on tap or in the can, so we didn't drink any of the stereotypical Aussie beer. In fact, we couldn't even find a Fosters beer the entire time we were in Australia, and we were looking. We took a day to drive south along the coast to where we were all going to camp for the night on Saturday, but all of the campgrounds were sold out when we got there (and we forgot all sleeping bags, which somehow none of us thought about taking them when we were leaving their house), so we ended up dropping a lot of money to stay at a hotel.                                                                                           Possibly the best part of our stay though (for me) was Mick had an XBOX and the new sweet, sweet Call of Duty game, which I have been jonesin to play for quite a long time. Mmmmm! Finally, our last day in Sydney, just Tara and I took a train down to the downtown area and walked around for the whole day. We saw the typical sights that are a must-see in Sydney, such as the Opera House, The Rocks, we walked across the bridge, and went through the Botanical Gardens. We also went to both harbors and attempted to watch a documentary on the world's biggest IMAX screen, but we missed our showing. $30 per person was a little bit more than what we would have wanted to pay to see a movie anyway, so it was fine with us that we missed it. The next day we got on our flight to leave Australia and fly to Auckland, New Zealand, where we will begin our 1 month visit in many locations on the north and south islands. Australia was a great place to visit, the people are generally really nice, it was very backpacker-friendly, but the cost of the visit was quite a bit more than we had budgeted for. We are looking forward to having an upper-hand on the currency exchange once again when we arrive in New Zealand. 


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