We arrived last friday after 18hrs of travelling...it took us 13 hours to fly to New Zealand then we hung about there for an hour until we had to board the plane again for the remaining 4 hours to Sydney. When we arrived it was 7am local time but 5pm to us coming from Santiago. We checked into the hostel and headed straight out again, we took a wander around the local area, Glebe, which is about 30 minute walk to the city. Its a lovely area, really pretty and not as busy as the city. We managed to stay up until 8pm that night but it was hard, we slept for about 13 hours that night! After that we didnt feel so bad, I think staying up all day and going by local time helped a lot with the jet lag.
I cant believe we've been here a week now, feels like a lot longer though. The hostel we are staying in is pretty good, we share a room with two other people and have a wee kitchen area (fridge, kettle, sink and pots n pans) our own bathroom in the room and a tv. We have to do our cooking on the roof, hense the name Rooftops travellers lodge. They have bbq's up there too but its not exactly weather for a bbq. The weather hasnt been great, its been a mix of sunny and warm with cold and wet...a bit like the UK! Pretty disappointing but we are told it will pick up soon. Its spring time here heading for summer which is very confusing. I saw a christmas tree in one of the shops today!! It will be weird being away for christmas and it being hot.
On monday we took a walk through the city to go and see the Sydney Operah House. Before we got there we stopped off at the Botanic Gardens to have lunch. The gardens were amazing, so peaceful. Until we got to one area, all we could hear was alot of high pitchetd squealing. At first we thought it was a large mass of birds but we took a closer look and we realised that the creatures were hanging upside down. Obviousley we realised they were bats. We got alot closer and I tell you these bats were huge. We found out their species is called the Grey Headed Flying Fox. It's the largest bat in the world, absolutely amazing. The council are trying to get permission to get them moved though because they are destroying the plants. There were so many different types of plants and birds that we have never seen before, it was really pretty. I kept thinking that the birds had escaped from a near by zoo because I had never seen them before.
From the gardens we walked along the waterfront to the Sydney Opera House, which was amazing to see close up. We couldnt believe that we were stood in front of another famous landmark that we have always wanted to see. Its hard to take it all in, it just feels so unreal at times. We had a walk around and them headed inside when it started to rain. We took a guided tour of the inside, which was supposed to cost us $72 but Kev managed to sweet talk the lady and get a discount. She asked us if we had any discount cards and Kev said 'no, but I have a nice smile. Does that get us a discount?' and it worked! She gave us a 20% discount!! We couldnt believe it and couldnt stop laughing about it after. Kev is getting sent up to get the tickets from now on
Inside was amazing, its like a maze. We saw inside a few of the halls...they were a lot smaller than I had imagined. We couldnt get into the main hall because there were rehearsals going on so I dont know if that would have been a lot bigger. The building is not that old, made in the 70's. It took 16 years to build and $100 million, it was supposed to take 3 years and $7 million!! The architect was Danish and only died last year in his 90's. Its a stunning building, inside and out.
Yesterday we signed up with an agency that helps backpackers find work....really dont want to work but I guess we have to if we want to keep travelling. I think its supposed to be quite hard to find work just now but I'm hoping that with the christmas period coming up shops will be starting to look for seasonal staff which would suit us fine. Fingers crossed we get something soon.
Once we did that and handed out a few cv's we went to the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. It was massive, the best aquarium we have been to. We saw all sorts of sea life...sharks, massive stingrays, crocodiles, turtles, blue star fish,stonefish (most venomis fish) and a dugong which is a huge sea mammal that looks a bit like a sea cow. It took us hours to walk around the aquarium, it was really good. Tomorrow we are going to the wildlife park that is next door to the aquarium. It will be interesting to see all the beasties that roam australia....not looking forward to seeing the spiders though!!
We have tried to upload photos but couldnt find a computer that would let us do it, so we will have to work on that one. Hopefully we will get some up soon.
Hope everyone is well and happy xxxx