Back in the city
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We got back to Sydney on Tuesday and it was great coming into a city you know. No wondering around aimlessly trying to find the right train or bus, we just hopped onto the bus like proper locals! We spent Tuesday afternoon sorting our Vietnam visas. We are sure it was a test of things to come. We got the train to the area we thought the consulate was, walked about 1.5km to the address we had been given only to find a notice on the gate saying they had moved - to nextdoor to the train station - 1.5km away! So we filled in the form and left our passports with them.
On Wednesday we attempted to buy travellers cheques - unsuccessfully, apparently you cannot use a credit or debit card to buy them - cash is what they want, so we have had to spend the last 3 days withdrawing our maximum from the cash machine in order to purchase them on Friday! Emma found out how much she appreciates having a good national health service back home when she went to an Australian doctor to get a prescription for malaria tablets and had to pay $55 for the privilege of just stepping foot in his surgery! Never moan about the NHS, it may have its faults but it would be a shame if we were to lose it.
Wednesday evening is meal deal night in Glebe. We went to a bar where it was buy a jug of beer and get a free steak, so we did. The pub was quite scruffy but it ended up being quite a good night. It was open mic night and the local talent was excellent, we listened to a really good band called 'Caroline.'
Yesterday we got back to the business of sightseeing. First stop was Leichardt, Sydney's 'Little Itlay.' After a wander up and down the main street we went for our lunch at the very authentic piazza that has been built recently, apartments, cafes, shops and restaurants all around a big square.
We later got on a bus to Newtown - another funky suburb of Sydney where we had another wander and got a haircut. Much needed in Diane's case.