Australia

Sydney City Tour: Part 1

It was rainy the day I arrived in Sydney, and I had just spent the night in the Auckland airport, so I wasn’t in the best of moods. I wasn’t blown away when I first arrived.  After I was well rested and the clouds cleared, I saw a different side of Sydney.  It is a beautiful city with lots to do, and it is certainly worthy of its reputation. Here’s a short tour of the main attractions.

Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay

The Sydney Opera House is an international icon, and it is the first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they think of Sydney.  I didn’t take a tour of the interior, but I had a good time walking around and snapping some photos of the interesting “sail” architecture outside.  Since the Opera House was built in 1973, it’s got a little bit of that 70s look going on, and it was kind of dingy up close, but it is still spectacular.  Adjacent to the Opera House is the Circular Quay, a main port area where ferries and other ships come and go, taking people all around Sydney and to other parts of the harbor.  Restaurants and cafes line the Circular Quay, so you can grab a drink or some food and take in the harbor and city views.

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Sydney: First Impressions

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When I left Japan, it was below freezing.  When I arrived in Sydney, it was a comfortable 80 degrees.  I appreciated the temperature change and being able to feel my extremities again.  I wasn’t in the best of moods when I arrived at the Sydney airport after 14 hours of travel time, but once I was in the sunshine, things got better.  Here are some of my initial observations about Sydney: (more…)