The first few days...
Sorry it's taken me so long to get this started but I've been busy trying to organize myself and seeing all the sights Sydney has to offer. Our flight was very long but pretty uneventful. I actually got some sleep on the flight from England to Singapore. We arrive in Sydney at 6 in the morning and jumped on a train to the center of the city. Thankfully our hostel is only 3 blocks from the station so we didn't have to lug our heavy bags too far. I'm really impressed with Sydney, it's clean, safe and the people are so friendly. The architecture is really beautiful as well. My favorite place here is teh Royal Botannic Gardens. It's a bit like central park, however the grounds are maintained amazingly and it's on the waterfront over looking the Sydney Opera House and the bridge. We've been spending a lot of time there.
We also went to the Zoo for the day. The Zoo is really neat becuase you have to take a ferry to get there (which is a trip in itself... amazing views of the harbor) and once you are there you take this sky lift to the Zoo entrance (more amazing views). The zoo was different from the ones back home. It had a lot of native Australian animals like kangaroos, koala, echindnas etc... but my favorite exhibit was of the roosters and the spotted deer . The giraffe pen overlooked sydney at the top of this hill. I got a really great picture of the giraffes head and in the background is Sydney Harbor. While we were at the zoo we witnessed three very odd things... 1) by the giraffe exhibit we sat down to rest and some guy comes up the path screaming at some person threatening them as he's walking away. 2) about thirty minutes later an ambulance drives by us as we're walking. We follow it and see some guy on the ground holding his head with a bunch of people around him. 3) As we were walking by the seals we overhear two zoo workers say they had to get extra security to break it up. Well we surmised from these three incidences that there must have been a fight at the zoo. How ridiculous is that! Fighting at the zoo is like fighting at Disney Land it's the happiest place on earth! It this guy fights at the zoo I wouldn't want to meet him on the street!
We also made it to Manly Beach... a famous beach about 7 miles outside of Sydney by ferry. We had a little troubel figuring out where the beach was but once we found it it was amazing. The sand is so fine here. The waves were really cool too... people were surfing. That trip allowed us to work on our tans.
The weather up to that point had been terrific in the 80's sunny with a nice cool breeze. We couldn't have asked for better days. The sun is really strong here and my head got pretty badly sunburnt one day... I have bought a hat. Yesterday was absolutely horrible... I think it must have reached 45C which is about 110 fahrenheit. It was humid and you would just sit and sweat. We couldn't move at all yesterday the heat was oppressive so we spent the day in our hostel with fans blowing hot air at us or in the mall across the street from us. It was so hot that my chocolate santa bars have melted into liquid. The heat finally broke last night around 3am when a thunderstorm hit. Today it is drizzling and only 20C about 68 Fahrenheit. Over a 20C degree change overnight! We were planning on heading to the blue mountains today but due to the crappy weather we're postponing it until tomorrow. The Blue Mountains is a national park just 2 hours outside of Sydney. We're going to the town of Katoomba to see some famous landmarks like the 3 sisters. Today we're going to really expore the town, we're planning on going to the Rocks, Hyde Park and the aquarium today.
I'll try to update this a couple of times a week. it will be hard once we start our journy up the east coast but I'll do my best.