Finally SYDNEY!!!

Hallihallo

Love and greetings from Sydney!! Since I have just had a little time (and free internet) I’m going to summarize the last two days.

Sydney day 1: an annoying flight and sightseeing!

The first day began early for me, very early. I had to get up at 5.45 clock to catch my bus, which was to take me to the Southern Cross train station, drove from there with the shuttle bus to the airport. I do not know if I told you once before that, but it does not officially exist in Melbourne airport rail link with public transport. Actually there are only two options: the expensive taxi or the airport bus stop. Well, I stood around 7:30 clock in a looong queue for the bus. I hoped that I could catch this bus, since my flight left at 9 clock.

Thank God, I caught the bus and went straight to the counter of Jet-Star. They informed me that my flight would depart in the international terminal, which was convenient for me that I was a bit of time in distress. Because normally when you have a domestic flight, you have no major security checks and you are in 5 minutes at the gate. Well, since I had “thankfully” an international connecting flight (plane came from Bali which only had to refuel in order to continue flying to Sydney), I had to endure the whole customs shit about me. Thank God I had at the last minute decided to take my passport! Well, after  interminable 45 minutes, I was finally through customs and baggage check and rushed to the gate …. And waited about 45 minutes until we finally took off. Somehow, all my flights in Australia never run off without excitement. I should urge calm and work on myself.

About 11 clock I reached Sydney Airport and my driver took me to the hostel for free. After checking in, I just put my luggage in my room and went out, because this city wanted to be discovered! I went to get a day pass, which that I could use all public transport in Sydney and first I went to the … .. Opera House of course! I immediately jumped on the ferry to Manly Beach.

On the trip I will have a great view of Sydney Harbor with the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. And in fact, it was great, my camera was running hot and smoked the memory card! Incidentally, the weather was quite fantastic and wonderfully warm! Arrived in Manly I went to a large M (yes yes the other days I will be eating healthier, promise) and then off to the beach, where I lay lazily in the sun. Back at the dock, I spotted a “Bavarian Beer Café”  and got a  a dark Franciscans.
Then I went back through Sydney Harbor and Opera House and photographed again 1,000 times that tourist attractions . But that was not all, from Circular Quay (ferry), I then run off to walk to the Opera House and …. you suspect it, no, for my camera, there was no respite! I then had a few nice German acquaintance and sat comfortably together for a beer. As it was getting dark, I tried to get some good night shots, but unfortunately my camera batteries died and I had to come again for another try!

Also I got a really nice sunburn in my face!

Sydney Day 2: In the footsteps of Hugh Jackman, and again the Opera House!

After a good night’s sleep (I was alone in a 6-bed room) I got up very early.  I have made a Sydney programme a while ago. A list of what I wanted to see in Sydney. Hmmm, this list is actually quite short.

1. Opera House and Harbor Bridge
2. Bondi Beach
3. Blue Mountains

So today the Bondi Beach was on the program.

Many who know me know why I absolutely wanted to go to Bondi Beach … For all the ignorant, running on the beach usually around a half-naked Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately he is the days in New York and enjoy the summer (I have researched via the Internet, of course). The way to Bondi, I found it quite easy, even Sydney’s transport system is very clear and simple, can be impossible to get lost. The good weather today was somehow delayed, despite sunshine and 24 degrees were announced. A very cloudy sky waited for me at Bondi.

That, at least I was rewarded with crisp surfers who tried to catch the best waves. I chose to walk the 6 km long walk to the nearby Coogee Beach. Always on the sea. On my long journey I met soooo many joggers and athletes that I seemed a bit strange only “normal”  walking. Damn it, they are all sporty people here! On the other hand, I have time to do something! The Walk was beautiful and lasted just over 3 hours. And the sun finally came out and I was pretty sweating. This time, I didn´t forget to apply sun cream, I’m willing to learn. I allowed myself then at Coogee Beach to have Fish and chips for lunch (yes, I know, the diet starts tomorrow, I promise!) And still lay around a bit on the beach.

Then I took the bus into town and decided to once again take the ferry, but this time in the other direction ….under the bridge. This ferry trip took me to Darling Harbor, where the Aquarium and the Maritime Museum are. But I did not actually attend both. But is simply beautiful to do a ferry ride.  In Auckland, I have done it more often. In the evening I tried again to photograph the Opera House at night, which I do not succeed again, yes, my camera has a huge nightshot issue.

So that’s was my two days Sydney, now I am sitting under a shower in the hostel. I am looking forward to hiking, in the Blue Moutains, tomorrow.

Greetings from your traveler

Katrin

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~ by lelila78 on 18. October 2009.

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