Sydney, Australia November 2006 The start of my Trip
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I arrived in Sydney, Australia at 6.30am Monday 20th November 2006 after a 21 hour flight from London Heathrow. I had been planning this trip for a year and it all felt a little surreal. I had arranged my trip through Realgap.com and they had arranged a number of activities throughout the first week as well as providing the e-mail addresses of the other people on the same programme so we could meet up at Heathrow and not feel so alone!
I stayed in Sydney for 2 weeks, staying both weeks at Wake Up hostel situated on the corner of George and Pitt Street. Although i loved parts of the city including, Darling harbour and Circular Quay i was also dissapointed with other parts. Initially i was very impressed with Bondi beach (until i visited other beaches around Australia) and also loved Coogee.
In that first week i went on Hunter Wine Valley tasting day out whilst visiting a local reptile park, i visited Taronga zoo and went on the Harbour cruise and took part in a 3 hour surf school which i hated although we did visit Home and Aways Summer bay so i was slightly passified. I went on day and night trips to Manly and got caught up with some drunken men who had just got out of prison that morning (although i was slightly disturbed by their criminal backgrounds they turned out to be very nice lads!), joined the casino and lost the huge sum of $30 on the roulette table and generally had a good time.
During the second week i was feeling more like a resident of Sydney than a traveller, i knew my way around and was settled, i had a good group of friends who i had dinner with (we hadn't grasped the idea of budgetting yet!) and went out drinking until the early hours.
The next day i was to leave Sydney and the safety net of friends that i had made.