We landed in Sydney two nights ago and were given a brief car tour by Andrea’s grandparent’s friends, Noel and Denise, by far two of the cutest old people ever. Hearing them talk about growing up just outside Sydney definitely makes me a little jealous as they describe their weekends spent surfing and waking up before school for a morning swim. For dinner they brought us to get meat pies; I had a mice meat pie with mashed potatoes and ketchup on top? It was a little strange but surprisingly very tasty, especially after a day of traveling. Afterwards they dropped us off at our hostel that used to be a train station; the cool part is that we are actually staying in one of the old cars that has been converted into a room.
Unfortunately my feeling under the weather turned into a full-blown cold… while Andrea and Lara left with Noel the next day to get a full tour of the city I stayed behind to get some rest. I ended up laying out by our hostel’s pool the entire day reading which I will not complain about but was pretty bummed I couldn’t go along. That night Andrea and Lara went on a bar crawl while I took a couple Advil p.m.’s and passed out by 9:30—clearly living it up here in Sydney.
This morning I was feeling a little bit better but still pretty rough, luckily we planned to spend the day at the beach. We walked down to Circular Quay (the harbor where the opera house and bridge are) and took a ferry over to Manly beach. It was packed but soooo much fun; it had such a great atmosphere and was absolutely gorgeous. There was actually a huge surf competition going on which was fun to see all the get-up that goes along with that—totally made me feel like I was in Blue Crush. After we had spent the majority of the day at the beach we headed back to our hostel to get ready then left to walk around China Town. It was not what I had expected but was kinda cool to see everything they were selling and to eat some reeeeaaall good food. I am heading to bed again early tonight so hopefully I will be feeling even better tomorrow for the walking tour of the city.