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... a tourist!
Oh boy did I feel like a tourist when I got up to the famed Opera House. Not many other cities than NY have a famous skyline (Paris, of course). Like so many people in Manhattan take pictures of the famous buildings that define the city, well Sydney Opera House is that building. I think I have about 50 pictures of it. From above, from across the water, from in front, from the water...ridiculous. But it was my moment.
On the other hand...I had a non-tourist moment as well. I got into Sydney on Wednesday around 1p and immediately hit the streets. I was walking back from Darling Harbor (after taking a little hour and a half boat trip) and on my way back to the hostel I was walking down a busy street and for about 30 seconds felt right at home.
Sydney is fantastic. The weather is amazing! 80 yesterday and 75 today with not a cloud in sight. And it's supposed to be fall? There's a free shuttle bus that runs a loop through the main city centre (CBD), so I've taken that up to "The Rocks" and Circular Quay and walked around up there. That's the harbor area where the Opera House and Harbor Bridge are. There's a massive amount of restaurants along the water with delicious sounding seafood entrees. There's some shopping up there as well, but expensive shopping.
The main strip that leads from Central Station, the main train/subway/bus depot and also the south tip of town, is George St. There's shopping along as well as the staple of any respectable town...Chinatown. I haven't ventured too far off George St (since the shuttle runs up and down it), but there's small streets the run across it, but does't look like too much action along them. On the east side of town there's more to explore and I'll head out there on Sunday. Tomorrow morning I'm taking the subway out to Bondi Beach and spending Friday night out there, returning to Sydney Saturday evening. Since I don't leave until Sunday at 9p, I have most of Sunday to explore the other parts of town yet to me seen.
If anyone wants anything specific from Australia, let me know!
Well, I'm off to a quick work-for-accomodation seach again before heading back to the hostel for my lovely pasta with parm. cheese and tea for dinner.
I ate out the other night in Canberra for my last night. Even treated myself to wine. I got Pumkin Rissoto!
PS: Australian accents are preferable to New Zealand ones...They're similar, but Aussies are close to Brits in their speaking. The difference would be like how the Midwest pronounces their vowels differently compared to the east and west coasts...well New Zealanders pronounce their vowels different than Aussies...but the base of the accent is similar. Also, the saying out here is "no worries mate" where as in NZ it was "sweet as."