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Monday, August 15, 2011

Australia - Sydney


I'm back!

We had an awesome trip. Australia was similar enough to the US that we didn't feel out of place, but different enough that we got to experience some cool new things. So for the next couple of days, I'm going to write a series of blog posts with a few photos to let you know what we did on our trip!

So without further ado...


We left early in the morning on July 28 and, after a 10 hour flight, landed in Sydney mid-afternoon on July 29. Time jump!

Once safely on land (oh, I don't like flying), we got our bags, went through customs and quarantine, and then bought our week-long train/ferry/bus pass. It was invaluable and paid for itself at least twice over! Our next stop was the train into town. Oh goodness, we were so tired.
Once we got checked into our hotel room, which was a little place above a bar (and really cool!), we got some dinner and fought sleepiness. Australia is 20 hours ahead of Hawaii, so really it was a 4 hour time difference. But yikes, we were feeling it for half the trip! Going to bed at 7:30pm and waking up at 5am.

The next day we wanted to introduce ourselves to Sydney. In the morning, we headed to Paddy's Market for souvenirs. It was a real cool market with tons of stuff - we ended up going there again!
There was a full produce market there. The prices were great and the produce was so fresh. I wish we had a kitchen there so we could cook some of the stuff!
Then we hopped on a tram to Central Station, which our hotel was right beside, stopped at our room to drop the stuff off, then hopped on a train into the city!
We decided to buy tickets up to the Sydney Tower. This was one of Brandon's favorite spots. We got 360 degree views of the whole city. We took pictures from every direction, but I won't bore you too much. Here are a couple:

After the Sydney Tower, we walked around a city block and through the Queen Victoria Building - an old building turned into a shopping mall. Then we headed to Hyde Park just down the street. It was so pretty! Tall trees, cool gardens and fountains, and a big military memorial called the Anzac Monument.
Once through the park, we went to see the St Mary Cathedral. Brandon had never been in a real cathedral, so we had to see it! We had to wait for a wedding to finish first, but it was a nice break for our aching feet. We couldn't take photos inside but I can say, it was very beautiful! Kinda makes me want to be Catholic ;)

After that LONG day, we headed back to our hotel. Sure, it was still early (like 5pm), but with the time difference, it was nearing bedtime. We passed out right around 7:30pm.

3 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Can't wait to hear all about the trip!

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  2. Glad you are back safe & sound! Love your pics, I'm sure you had a wonderful time!

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  3. Ooo! Welcome back. It already sounds like you had a great trip. I can't wait to read more about it!

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