this past week was our easter holiday (they give a full week and one day off for easter) and some of my friends and i spent our break in sydney and port douglas seeing the great barrier reef. because i have so much to say, i’m going to break it up into smaller sections, not day by day or anything but just as i remember stuff. i’ll add 10 pictures to each post because that is the max. i know this isn’t probably the best way but i don’t remember exact days, just the events and stuff i did.
so i left sippy downs on friday night, the 18th to catch a flight to sydney. i arrived late so i there was nothing done that day besides for checking into our hostel and getting food. it was a very nice place however on one of the nights at 4 am, someone sprayed a fire extinguisher and it set off the fire alarms so a few hundred people were forced into the street while we waited for the fire dept to come (at this time we thought there was a fire and people said there was a fire in a kitchen on the 3rd floor) and i was panicking. evacuating from the 2nd floor (which we would call the 3rd floor but here it always starts with floor 0) took almost 15 minutes so it’s a good thing that there wasn’t a real fire.
while in sydney, i toured the opera house, shopped, saw the botanical gardens, climbed the sydney harbor bridge, visited bondi beach, went to easter mass, saw the royal family, and explored the city. i’ll get to the rest of those things in my next posts.
exploring the city was incredibly fun. being from tiffin, i always love visiting big cities. the architecture was so interesting because there was so many older buildings and modern buildings all intertwined throughout the city.
1st picture - town hall which i stayed just across the street from, showing that i stayed right in the middle of the city. there were shops and restaurants all over around our area, it was great!
2nd - court house which was right around our area too
3rd - public library of new south wales, this was a massive library and just looked really cool from the outside. i passed this on the 25 minute walk to the opera house each time.
4th - eric’s adult bookshop. i thought it was funny and had to take a picture of it.
5th - a painted rhino. anyone from tiffin will know exactly what i’m saying when i say that the rhinos were their painted squirrels. if you aren’t from tiffin, people/companies painted the rhinos and they were displayed around the city all over. we saw about 4 or 5 of them but i didn’t get pictures of the first few because i thought that it was isolated things not a city wide event.
6th - a cool fountain that was right next to the botanical gardens and also along my walk to the opera house. there was a sign next to it that said “this fountain is the gift of the late j. f. archibald to his fellow countryman and is intended in terms of his will to commemorate the association of australia and france in the great war 1914 - 1918. it was erected in 1932 and is the work of francois sicard, sculptor, paris.”
7th and 8th - a pig statue which is said to give you good luck if you donate money to the sydney hospital and then rub the pig’s nose. i’m not sure if the nose or the body is the original color but the nose is a different color from people rubbing it. obviously i’m a believer in luck so i donated a few coins and then rubbed the nose! on the trip, i had some lucky moments. i didn’t have to pay for a single bus in sydney (i only took 2). the first time, on the way to bondi beach, i tried to pay for the bus with a $50 bill because that was all i had and the bus driver was in a hurry so he said don’t worry about it. the second time, the bus pulled up and i got in and tried to pay but the bus drivers ticket printer was broken so he said everyone gets free rides. that was about all of the good luck i had though because my macbook got messed up on the trip (which is why i couldn’t blog as the days went), but i got it fixed in brisbane on the way back to sippy downs.
9th - a really cool bank right across the street from the pig. also to show how the architecture is just so different all throughout the city.
10th - some of the scenery along the walk to the opera house. pretty much the entire walk was beautiful with the buildings, plants, etc.
10th - a really cool bank right across the street from the pig.
i have plenty more pictures and plenty more stories to tell but i still have homework and i’m getting tired of typing today so i will be posting more about the trip as i can, shooting for at least one a day until everything is done. feel free to ask me questions about my post if you have questions about what i wrote so far.