Australia – Back in Sydney

Things have been going good in Sydney so far. I left Melbourne Monday, took a 12 hour train ride and arrived in Sydney Monday evening. The train ride wasn’t too bad…although I had this lady sit next to me that was all cracked out on caffeine…and some guy a few seats in front of me just staring back at me most of the trip (a little creepy…but I was too tired to pay attention to him).

Life has been pretty mellow. I’m low on cash and trying to save for Fiji…so partying really isn’t an option right now (drinks in Australia are quite spendy) which is kind of a bummer, but I think I can make it through ok. Hopefully.

I had a good day yesterday. Spent the day walking around doing a lot of sight-seeing. Went to Circular Quay..saw the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens….then I went to Darling Harbour, the Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall, etc. etc. Sydney is probably one of the coolest modern cities I’ve ever been to. It’s so clean and has so much character. I love it. I just wish I had more money to enjoy more of the sights. I took some great pictures yesterday though. It was a beautiful day and there were just a few clouds in the sky to make it so that it wasn’t too bright for pictures. Although it took me about 10 different tries to get a good one of me in front of the Harbour Bridge, which is all I wanted. I think I was cursed or something…no matter who I asked to take a picture, they would just mess it up so bad…being too far away or putting me at some weird angle in the picture…or something else or another…I didn’t want to ask people to retake it…so I just kept asking different people to take. It was quite comical at the time. Literally, by picture 16 or so, I finally got a decent one. Not sure when I’ll be able to upload those, but I’ll be sending the rest of my photos from Australia soon.

I’m staying at a little beachside town called Coogee Beach. It’s fairly small…lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and the like. It’s near New South Wales University, so there are tons of young people everywhere. Went to the beach this morning and got a little burnt. But the weather is great here, so I can’t complain. I’m just going to spend my last few weeks of vacation getting as much sun as possible I think….before going back to the Oregon winter.

Only a few more days in Sydney, then it’s off to Auckland for a few days. Then I’m off to Fiji. Renee sent me some info about where we’re staying and it looks like we’re staying in some pretty cool places, so I’m stoked about that. It’ll probably be like heaven compared to some of the hostels I’ve stayed in….although Australian hostels are quite good comparatively.

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