Whale Watching in Tasman Sea
Trip Start May 18, 2004
51Trip End Jul 08, 2013
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On the next day, I arrived at departure point in the harbour and thought I was right. The small boat was for my tour. The number of participants of the tour was around 15 and the small boat was in the right size
(The next paragraph is just a complaint. Please skip it if you want.)
Then I visited the Consulate-General of Japan. I had many troubles in the consulate. First, it was a bit difficult to find it because it was just a small office in a building without no sign. Second, although I had prepared enough information to apply for a certificate by reading the website of the consulate beforehand, more information was needed to fill out its application form
Anyway, I spent too much time in the consulate and it was four o'clock when I got out of there. The next destination was Hyde Park Barracks. It is a new World Heritage Site and I was very interested. I don't like museums so much, but there is an exception, that is the case that a museum building itself has a important historical meaning like Auschwiz Museum. Unfortunately, Hyde Park Barracks Museum was not like that. The items were just displayed with a description like common museums. Some parts of the building looked old, but not so impressive. After I read some reviews on Tripadvisor, I felt like trying the museum, but now I think it was not worth visiting
I left the museum at five, just the closing time, and headed for the Royal Botanic Garden. When I visited there in 2004, I was impressed by huge trees of the garden, but this time nothing attracted me there, because I have been used to big trees. So I just went through the garden to the Opera House. It was around six and it was still light out. After I went to Darling Harbour in the evening in February and caught a beautiful night view, I made up my mind to visit Circular Quay in the evening, too. So I decided to stay there until it got dark. At around half past seven, it got totally dark and, as I expected, the area was very beautiful. It was well worth waiting for the sunset there!
When I came back to my hostel, I saw a Japanese couple Hiro & Kana. I heard that they had learned English in Fiji and just come to Australia. Because I had a plan to visit Fiji in the next month, they game me much information about Fiji. Come to think of it, since there is an English school for Japanese students in Fiji, I have a chance to see some Japanese there.