G’Day Mate to Australia!

The first few hours in our plane ride from San Francisco to Sydney were filled with regret at having to leave America, but a couple of airline meals and movies later, we were looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead Down Under. Our two-hour stopover in Auckland was timed perfectly, with us coming out into the lounge just in time to catch a New Zealand sunrise and grab a coffee.

The most exciting sight in the world... a travel sunrise.

The most exciting sight in the world… a travel sunrise.

And take an airport selfie!

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And then, before we could shake the dust from America from our shoes, we were blinking our eyes in the Sydney sunshine. And posing for pictures at interesting spots.

One direction is where we came from. One is where we are headed. And the rest are all on the wishlist.

One direction is where we came from. One is where we are headed. And the rest are all on the wishlist.

We lived in a youth hostel for two days, and will spare you the photographs of the  tiny room, the shared bathrooms and the anti-social elements on the street outside. Instead, here are some pictures from our time in sunny Sydney.

Me and ...um... going by the expression, the Terminator, apparently.

Me and …um… going by the expression, the Terminator, apparently. At one of the most photographed spots in Sydney.

The Opera House

Artsy shot of the Opera House

We spent a lazy day walking down along Sydney Harbour, which is incredibly beautiful, and stopping to admire the gorgeous greenery all around.

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I’m a total parks and garden buff when we’re travelling, maybe because we don’t do them so well back in India, and so traipsing about in the Royal Botanic Garden was a large part of the plan.

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Thirty lush hectares in the midst of the city

We took advantage of a free guided city walk, and fell in love with the historic Rocks district. Sailors and convicts and nurses and barmaids lived in small shanties in this area when it was one of the poorest areas in the city, and our tour was full of grisly murder and robbery stories (brilliant!). Today it’s all renovated and houses expensive shops, but the important landmarks have been preserved, and the legends are still repeated in hushed voices.

Photos taken in black and white to maintain the historic mood

Photos taken in black and white to maintain the historic mood.

We also discovered a wonderful diner with traditional British food, and made it a point to stop there to refuel.

Harry's (try the divine steak and onion pie with gravy and mushy peas)

Harry’s (try the divine steak and onion pie with gravy and mushy peas)

Where we spotted some retro wall art

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And tried to do some similar selfie art of our own

 

It didn't look as cool as the painting though!

It didn’t look as cool as the painting though!

And with that, two days in Sydney were done. Back to the hostel room without windows and ventilation!

 

 

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