Opera House/Bondi Beach

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, March 2, 2006

Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day so we decided to go to the Opera House. On our way there, we passed through the Royal Botanic Gardens. We slowly strolled down pathways enjoying the view, watching the grey headed flying foxes (fruit bats) hanging around upside down chattering away. There was also a pathway where you could walk through. There you could see different kinds of trees, vegetation and not to mention the cockatoos. As we made our way down one path it led us strait to the harbour. We walked along the water and saw numerous boats including Russell Crowe's boat which we found out later from our tour guide. Around the corner, we finally got a peek of one of the points of the Opera House. Of course, we couldn't stop taking pictures! When we got to the Opera House, we ran up the stairs and touched it. Wow, we still couldn't believe we were actually here. We went inside and signed up for an hour long tour. The tours were given every 30 minutes and we had just missed the last one. But that was ok because we sat down and enjoyed our free drink included in the tour. We met up with our tour guide, Will, and he explained to us that we couldn't take pictures inside the theatres. He then brought everyone into a small drama theatre where the were showing DOUBT, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer prize for Drama and winner of four Tony awards including best play. We sat in the rows and he explained the history of the site. We then went to another room where the Sydney symphony was actually rehearsing for tonight's Mozart's concert. We were really lucky as our tour guide said that this was a real privilege and you don't get to see this on every tour. So we watched them perform an entire song about 3 times as the conductor would stop the musicians and have them start over again. It was really amazing! Afterwards, we continued walking and Will talked about the architecture. The only thing is that we didn't get to see the Concert Hall but seeing the symphony made up for that. We thought that it might be neat to see the Mozart concert but of course, there were no good seats left and to pay that much money to be in the nose bleed section, we rather spend it on something else.

We spent the afternoon walking around Circular Quay enjoying the view of the Harbour Bridge. Later that day, we checked out one of the Sydney's hot spots called The Rocks. A lot of fancy and expensive restaurants. At 8:00 pm we took an evening cruise that lasted 1 hours. We went around the harbour and saw beautiful homes worth millions but we were more interested in seeing the Opera house and the Harbour Bridge all lit up. It was a great day, one that neither of us will ever forget.

Today we went to the famous Bondi Beach. We took a 15 minute bus ride that brought us directly to the beach. The sand was white and there wasn't too many people because it was a cloudy day. The only thing is that it wasn't the best for swimming. The waves were really big and would crash right into you. We still had fun staying near the shore line letting the waves push us in. Later that night, we made some hamburgers on the BBQ. Were changing hostels tomorrow and will be going to another one for the week. We went to visit it earlier in the week and it looks a lot nicer. Every room even has their own fridge. After this second week, were thinking about going up the east coast towards Cairns. We will be buying a buss pass that will allow us to get off and on. On the way, there's a koala hospital. It's Australia's oldest koala hospital. So were looking forward to that.
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