Australia Day 1

Today we woke up at 4am and flew to Sydney, Australia. On the bus to our hotel (or Travelodge) we learned fun factoids about Australia, courtesy of Matt. We dropped our bags at the hotel and practically sprinted through Hyde Park to get lunch. We intermittently stopped to listen to Matt’s commentary. Our lunch break was at the best food court I’ve ever been to. I know, it’s a funny thing to  take notice of, but it was filled with a variety of different restaurants that all smelled delicious. Then we walked to the Opal Museum, where we watched a movie presentation on opal mining.

I love opals, they’re my birthstone after all. But when we were allowed to check out the jewelry store attached to the museum, everything was a bit out of my price range. But I talked with the woman behind the counter for a while and really enjoyed telling her about our trip, and what I’d noticed the major differences to  be between her city, and mine.

From there we walked to Sky Tower and did the overlook. The city was beautiful, but the rush Matt had put on the afternoon made it hard to appreciate everything the city of Sydney had to offer. But hey, it’s only day one.

Back to the hotel to relax before dinner. Something I’ve noticed between New Zealand and Australia: you really have only two choices when it comes to tv channels. One resembling TV Land, and all things 70s. The other, 24 hour Simpsons. So we filled that afternoon with Mork&Mindy, Happy Days, and the Brady Bunch.

After a chance to relax, seven of us (perhaps the randomest group of seven teens you’ll ever find) went to find a light dinner. We asked three people for recommendations, asking around the city, dodging the over 18 pubs, and getting progressively more and more frustrated. Finally, we found a place where we could order water and salads, and waited an hour for the food to arrive. The wait was long but the company was good which made it worthwhile.

Stomachs full, we walked back to the hotel, stopping in the nearest 7/11 for Tim Tams. Note:  Tim Tams are the most delicious cookies you will ever try! I now have an unhealthy obsession. Then my roommates and I returned to our room to watch Wilfred.

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