Jet Lag

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Our delegation in front of the Opera House

I left my house on Friday, June 20th. Our first flight from Charlotte to LA was 4 1/2 hours long. The next one from LA to Sydney was 14 1/2 hours long. I barely slept and watched a few movies. Mostly I checked on the students and read. We crossed over the International Date Line and completely skipped over June 21st. When we arrived it was Sunday morning, June 22nd.

Right off the plane we we met our delegation manager, Dion, and were whisked away to the Sydney Cricket Ground. First we visited the Rugby field. Then we toured the famous Cricket stadium and were able to go into the VIP lounge and locker rooms.

View of the Sydney Harbor Bridge for the first time out the Coach window
In my jet lagged state, I was less than enthused but our guided related it to Fenway Park so I started to appreciate it a bit more. We walked out on the field and they attempted to explain to us how the game is played. Despite my sleepy state I actually was able to follow some of it. We went across the street to an indoor batting cage area. We were able to try “bowling” and hitting.

After cricket we went to a local mall for lunch and shopping. We found out really fast that there would be a lot of shopping on this trip. I actually grew quite frustrated with it after a while. One can only buy so much crap. Oh and you can believe that the students were buying plenty of it!

Still sleep walking we headed to the Sydney Opera house. I had a breathless moment as soon as it came into sight out my coach bus window. It made me realize that I really am here… in Australia! We had a private tour of the inside. We learned that a Danish Architect, Outzen, won a design contest for his opera house plans. They had lots of problems with the designs and also lots of financial problems. Outzen began the project when he was 38 and never saw it finished. Although he is still alive today, he is too old to fly from Denmark to see the finished product.

 

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Our delegation in front of the Ope…
Our delegation in front of the Op…
View of the Sydney Harbor Bridge f…
View of the Sydney Harbor Bridge …
Sydney Cricket Grounds
Sydney Cricket Grounds
Rugby Field
Rugby Field
Rugby Field
Rugby Field
Long Bar
Long Bar
Rugby Field
Rugby Field
Members Pavillion
Members Pavillion
Womens Pavillion
Womens Pavillion
Some of the students getting a les…
Some of the students getting a le…
Kaitlin bowling
Kaitlin bowling
Me Bowling
Me Bowling
Me Bowling
Me Bowling
Sheri Bowling
Sheri Bowling
Me batting
Me batting
Captain Cook
Captain Cook
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Our Delegation in front of the Har…
Our Delegation in front of the Ha…
Delegation Leaders
Delegation Leaders
Harbor Bridge
Harbor Bridge
Opera House
Opera House
CBD (Central Business District)
CBD (Central Business District)
Opera House
Opera House
Opera House
Opera House
Inside one of the sails
Inside one of the sails
Inside the Opera House
Inside the Opera House
View from the back of the Opera Ho…
View from the back of the Opera H…
View from the back of the Opera Ho…
View from the back of the Opera H…
View from the Back of the Opera Ho…
View from the Back of the Opera H…
Jill and I in front of the Opera H…
Jill and I in front of the Opera …
The Rocks area
The Rocks area
The Rocks
The Rocks
The Rocks
The Rocks
Not sure who this is but I liked t…
Not sure who this is but I liked …
Jill and I at the cricket grounds
Jill and I at the cricket grounds
Aussie Flag
Aussie Flag
Sydney
photo by: Sunflower300