The wonderful wizard of Oz..

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Friday, November 19, 2004

After a soaking take off from Singapore (the air con was leaking all over us on the aeroplane is it took off!) we flew the 7 hours it took to get to Sydney. Landing at the Kingsford Smith airport, we grabbed our working visa's, removed all edible items from our possession, and progressed through numerous x-ray machines before getting onto Australian soil. We grabbed a couple of sim cards and called home to let all know we were ok, before we decided on one of the numerous hostels based in Sydney. We booked in at Boomerang Backpackers based on William Street (just outside the notorious KIngs Cross) and then headed off into the city to see what we could see. First impressions were great. We passed Phillip and Cook park, via St Mary's Church, then on through Hyde park into the city centre. First thing that grabs you is how much like the New York it is. But on a smaller scale. Second thing that grabs you is how bloody expensive things are. Compared to Thailand it was bound to be dear, but it still didnt prepare us for the shock that was paying more than 7p for a hearty meal. We had heard good reports from numerous people back home, Victoria and Jude about Coogee being a good place to go, so off we went. We met up with another travellers there named Lisa who explained about the housing situation (that is as soon as a place went for rent it was gone, and that estate agents avoid travellers like the plague...). We spent the rest of the 1st day in an internet cafe searching for a more stable place to live as the hostel was working out expensive. After no joy we headed back to the hostel, and thought about the massive dent in our cash flow this place was going to cost us if we didn't get a move on with a rental place for a few months. Lisa gave us a call then invited us down to the Opera bar for a drink. We got a cab there to Circular Quay, and saw the harbour bridge. Its so strange seeing it in real life after seeing it on tv so often. It took us a few moments to pick our jaw from the floor before we turned the corner and saw the opera house for the first time. Another jaw dropping moment. It looked spectacular, lit up against the dark night sky. We had a few beers, feeling a little better about things, and after seeing the views, it certainly made a better first impression than we had already had.
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