We’ve arrived! All safe and well.
The flight was a breeze – no, it really was! We ate dinner soon after departure and then we both slept for the rest of the first leg of the journey (~12 hours). We had to leave the plane for an hour or so at Bangkok airport, had an awesome thai lamb curry for dinner once we were in the air again, and then watched Inception, Salt and Toy Story 3, before sleeping a bit more. The second leg of the flight was about 8 hours.
When we arrived in Sydney, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the temperature was already 20 degrees. And it was only 6.30am! The airline, Qantas, was excellent, the airport very efficient (put Heathrow to shame!), the hostel is fantastic, and the harbour is amazing! We think we’re going to like this place.
We have done an open top bus tour around Sydney this afternoon, and loved the $million properties in North Bondi and Rose Bay that overlook Sydney harbour. We’ll keep on dreaming on that front… On a more positive note, we have started to add some colour to our sickly white skin =)
Sydney Harbour, by the way, is the most amazing place! Every now and then, whilst walking down the narrow lanes in The Rocks, the Harbour Bridge would appear through a gap between buildings and it would be like, ‘Oh hello, I forgot that you lived here!’. I have a feeling that we will never grow tired of this! And the Opera House… when we walked around the corner and saw it for the first time, it was simply amazing!
Tomorrow we have an appointment with the bank, then we need to sort out SIM cards for our mobile phones, and we’ll probably kick back in one of the many gorgeous (and green!) parks with a picnic for lunch. No joy with the campervan hunt yet, although there is a 4×4 for sale on the noticeboard in the hostel – looks excellent, but is more of a jeep than a home. Sarah fancies “flushing”, as opposed to “digging”, so we’ll probably give this one a miss. In the mean time, we will look to book more hostel accommodation – perhaps out of the centre of town, on the beach…
Just in case we haven’t made it clear – we’re having a great time! The only downer, if we can call it that, is the cost of food and drink. $12 (~£8-10) for an OJ and a pint of beer, for instance. Perhaps this is to be expected though, being in the State capital. We anticipate that things will be cheaper once we head out of Sydney, but also when we explore the more “backpacker” parts of town. Our hostel is situated next door to the Shangri-La hotel ($500 per night), and next door but one to the Four Seasons hotel, so we have very affluent neighbours!
We’re feeling the jet lag now, and having managed to refrain from having an afternoon nap, we can’t wait to hit the sack tonight. We’re planning to eat at the hotel next door and intend to try out their famous Kangaroo and Emu pizza! And a salad, for Sarah, of course…
Love to everyone back at home. Speak soon xx