Sydney - we are back!

Trip Start Feb 18, 2011
Trip End Feb 17, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, June 16, 2011

After a trouble-free flight below the volcanic ash-cloud with our replacement flight run by Emirates, we arrived safe and sound in Sydney.

Because of our 7 day stay, we decided to take the weekly pass for Sydney's nice public transport network - including train, bus and harbour ferries.

The biggest reason, why we didn’t cancel Sydney – as the rest of OZ – was, that we wanted to meet some old friends of Sayo, namely Hannah – her coffee shop-coworker, Namisan – her language-school-classmate, and Tamurasan - who organized her stay last time and became a helpful and wise friend.

Besides meeting with these lovely people, we spent our time by extensively using our ticket – visiting Bondi beach, the botanic garden, Watson’s Bay, Manly, the weekend markets of Rozelle and Glebe (there we discovered how nice fresh-pressed-sugar-cane-juice tastes and enjoyed the live music of "Andrea Soler" (check out her sample-songs:

Totally by chance we stumbled upon the movie titled “Happy” in the famous and comfy “Govinda’s Cinema”. The producer/director of the movie just happened to pass through Sydney and made up an unadvertised last-minute show of their new alternative movie. Giving an introduction before and question-time after the show made the whole thing a real experience – and we hope we can get the DVD soon, to show it to you. ( )

As Sayo had never seen a 3D-movie before, we also visited the world’s biggest IMAX theatre to see “Into the wild 3D” (btw.: the story of the movie itself is also really well made and worth to see!), and finally went to see “Havana Rakatan” - a Caribbean dance-musical in the opera house – which started not so nice but became gradually better, leaving us quite satisfied in the end =).

So, probably for the first (and maybe last?) time of this travel, we were able to do ALL things we planned for one location – and a bit more (=

PS: considering the prices, Sydney is probably not among the places you wanna go to right now. The city was never really cheap, but after the multiple natural disasters along the east coast the past 6 months (flood, hurricane,…) the prices of some basic things skyrocketed (bananas went up 1000%!!). June was already better, but still above normal.
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