Ah, the joys of jet lag

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Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay

So we arrived at the Funk House, which is in Kings Cross, the backpacker/ red light area of Sydney. I'll admit, as a fairly green 19 year old, I was a bit worried when I'd head from so many people at university that King's Cross was somewhat notorious, but it was time to expand my horizons.

We'd booked a twin/ double room, which was pretty small, with a set of bunk beds (double size on the bottom, single on top, a wall mounted TV and a small fridge with some shelves for smaller things like books and toiletries. We opted to use the top bunk to store out bags and make do as a wardrobe!

We arrived at about midnight, but the hostel was open, we got up to our room pretty quickly and realised that we should be going to bed, but the jetlag had smashed us.

Circular Quay from the Opera House Steps
..it was 1am in Sydney, but our bodies were still on UK time, 10 hours behind, so we were ready for lunch. We did try to sleep but soon set out to have a quick look around the area. For all it's cracked up to be a bit seedy, King's Cross was pretty safe when I was there, I didn't feel at all threatened, even walking or using the train system on my own - Kings Cross Station was right beside the hostel. Ever the open minded travellers (ahem) we ended up in MacDonald's for a bite to eat, wandered around and made our way back to the hostel, which is conveniently painted purple for ease of location!

For all we were wide awake at the wrong time, we managed to get some sleep, and woke up around 10am, got something to eat near the hostel and headed into the city. For all that Kings Cross isn't exactly central, i.e., not right beside the Opera House or anything, it is a very quick train ride into the city, and I think we walked a few times too.

I'd been in Australia two years earlier with my parents so knew roughly were we were headed (just as well as we didn't think to take a guide book with us) and we spent a lovely day in the sun wandering around near the Opera House and the Harbour bridge, Darling Harbour and the Rocks, where the weekend Market was on, and we had to be very strict with ourselves not to buy lots of lovely bits and pieces, ranging from Aboriginal art to clothes and bags.

But alas, around about 6pm tiredness began to creep over us, so we made the most of being tired, headed back to the Funk House and hit the hay...

AndiPerullo says:
Congrats on finally making it to Oz. What a journey you had...
Posted on: Oct 19, 2007
Adrian_Liston says:
It is odd to hear of Sydney being exotic :)
Posted on: Aug 28, 2007
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