1st day in Sydney

by Melissa on December 31, 2010 · 0 comments

After 26+hrs of traveling and skipping December 28th entirely, I arrived here in Sydney on Wednesday, December 29 at roughly 6am.  What can I say?  I could definitely get used to being in this country.  I stepped out into the fresh air and it was a nice 26 degrees Celsius. My very 1st day in Sydney had begun! sydney opera house

My flight itself was okay — after having my only past experience with a 12+hr longhaul flight being in first class, economy was a touch uncomfortable.  I, sadly, was stuck with a middle seat in the middle row of the airplane.  That sucked.  But I was sitting next to a really nice girl from Montana, and we chatted for a good while and became (as Brad Pitt from Fight Club would describe as) single serving friends.  The greatest part of my flight was the flight attendant who was serving the back part of the plane (where I was) who was a clone of Chris Meloni (Stabler from Law and Order: SVU… aka the only reason I really watch… rawr!).

After navigating my way through customs, baggage claim and quarantine, I made it to the trains and hopped on, and made my way to Sydney’s Central Station — right across the street from my hostel.  I arrived here, at the WakeUp! at 8am and had to waste a couple hours before I got my room.  So I went off to get myself an Australian Sim Card/ phone number – which is now up and working great.

sydney harbour bridge

I met Ian — one of the founders of Travel Massive — for a pint and lunch.  It was so nice to get to know a local and get some advice about what to do and check out during my 15 weeks in the country.  After a few hours, we parted ways and I made my way to the iconic Sydney Harbour.  Saw the bridge and the Opera House.  It was kind of surreal to actually be there.  It was the same kind of feeling I had when I made my way to the Eiffel Tower in Paris (except just a touch less excited, thanks to the jet lag).

After I got ridiculously exhausted I decided to skip Darling Harbour and just make my way back to the hostel and take a nap.  I came into the room, and met Chrissy, from Germany.  It was a great 1st day in Sydney.  Yesterday, we went to Manly Beach together with a bunch of her German friends whom she met while traveling.

at manly

Manly was incredible.  Gorgeous 30 degree weather, nice cool water, and surfer boys.  Everyone loves surfer boys.

After spending a good 5-6hrs at the beach, and working on our tans.  We decided to head back to the wharf to catch the ferry, however, Chrissy realized that she had to pay her Swedish friend Jared some money, so the two of us took a cab over to his house in North Manly.  We hung out with Jared and his friend Chris, had some great conversation, drank decent wine and got eaten alive by mosquitoes. By 11:30pm we had to catch a cab and make our way back to the wharf because we didn’t want to miss the last ferry back to the city – or else it would have been a $50 cab ride.  YIKES!

surfer boy

All in all, I had a wonderful first few days.  I will be updating this as regularly as possible, but there are no guarantees on how fast the posts will come.  Bear with me.  But man, I friggen LOVE this country.

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