SYDNEY (Australia). March 10

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, March 10, 2008

Arriving at Sydney Airport we found a large queue to clear customs. Australians are very careful so that tourists do not introduce animals, plants and fruits they bring to their country possible pests, so do they not hesitate to carefully review all luggage, fortunately, a guard must have seen the face of good people and we snuck without reviewing luggage and or wait in the queue.
We left our bags at the hotel and walk through one of the major avenues that ends in Syney Cove, the harbor, we headed to the Opera House to see sunset. On arrival was celebrated in one of its rooms a graduation and we witness the beautiful people of the city, including executives in suits and misess with long dresses tand or short skirt, daring necklines and high heels. Similar to a congress of Elsas Patakys!
The first impression, compared with New Zealand is that here the majority of persons of European origin, mainly Anglo-Saxon. Their culture has deepened, not only drive on the left but also in buildings and way of life. Unlike their British descendants, they are friendly and talkative, do not hesitate to offer their help if you are hesitating in front of a map or poster, even spontaneous photographers are offered without asking.
Sidney is a well-planned city, so clean, neat and cosmopolitan as Auckland. It is the land of opportunity, a continent for only 20 million inhabitants. Here we enter into conversation with a Peruvian and two Chilean. The Spanish presence is found in many restaurants opened by our countrymen as the Casa de Asturias and Capitan Torres, clear, only that we saw.
The next day we took a ferry to the Taronga Zoo, it  passes near the Sydney Opera House and from the other side of the Bay affords panoramic views. Here we walk through the paths of Sydney Harbor National Park, with huge termite mounds and and big spiders.
In return, we visited the Opera House, become the symbol of the city, but its architect J. Utzon, after endless discussions during construction, angrily left Australia never to return more. The building, like a young bride, is equally beautiful from afar than up close. The four auditoriums that houses the building, it receives a total of 3,000 performances a year.
Very close to the Opera House, on a hillside overlooking the port, the Royal Botanic Garden, is the oldest institution in Australia, this garden was inaugurated in 1816 and have over one million plant. Within the gardens is the Governor's House, an English-style mansion, there is a library with dried plants and an interpretive center.
From here we went to The Rocks district near the historical site where the city was founded, with houses of sandstone and red brick at the end of the neighborhood is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, known as "the clocthes rack", a bridge made from riveted iron beams, which marked a milestone in engineering in 1932, worked 1400 and killed 16 workers in its construction.
There is a modern monorail, but we caught the City Rail, expensive but very effective and modern, with double-deck wagons, and  we moved to Daling Harbour. What was once a simple harbour, after the Olympics, has becomeis the only place where fun begins at 7 pm. The site is full of restaurants and shops. See reflected the lights of the skyscrapers in the calm waters, is a postcard that you get to remember.

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