Christmas in Sydney
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The week before Christmas, everyone is fully into parties. Although we had already had our official work Christmas party, we had another staff party the last Thursday. We rented a double decker party bus to do a sort of pub crawl around the city leaving at 1pm into evening. That more or less marked the end of the work week right there.
I have been enjoying alot of Australian wine. The best so far was a 1987 Rosemount Semillon that my friend had bought at an auction. We cracked that open for some Christmas drinks on the weekend. It was sublime and unlike anything else I've had. Some of my new favourite pubs/restaurants are in Wooloomooloo. I was with some Aussies last weekend at a pub there and one guy mentioned he had just come back from Whistler. The other guy then said to me as a joke, "Isn't Whistler an Australian state?" So many aussies seem to go there for the snowboarding.
On Christmas eve, I went with a Canadian friend to visit the Chinese garden in Darling Harbour. It was very beautiful and restful, you completely forget you're in the middle of the city. Later that evening I went out to a bar with a group of mostly travellers and a couple people I know from work. I actually have not been at all part of that whole scene - its a different life! It was fun, the CBD was crazy - it felt more like new years eve rather than xmas eve - everybody goes out to drink that night.
Christmas Day was quiet, I went back to Mosman to spend it with my "host family" - the people who I originally stayed with when I arrived. It was nice to have a traditional Christmas dinner since many Aussies don't take that too seriously. The weather actually wasn't very nice on Christmas so I stayed mostly indoors, other than a walk we all took to Cremorne point lighthouse on the harbour. In the evening I shared some champagne with friends.