After escaping the dangers of riding a backwards sidecar through the backwards, and surprisingly narrow, streets of Sydney (I'm only sort of kidding - sorry MOM!), Kristen and I decided to defy our jetlag and explore. Turns out Sydney is pretty wonderful.
Like any self-respecting tourist, we had to hit up Sydney Harbour.
Convinced by the numerous endorsements of nearby shop-owners, we further defied our sleep deprivation (we were completely out of our minds at this point) and stayed downtown for a light show called "Vivid". One shop owner trying to sell us a possum-fur, Russian-styled Ushanka for $600 USD told us, "Vivid has changed my life." How could we say no?
The light didn't speak to us as promised, but it was lovely to be down at the harbor at night. By the time we stumbled off the bus and fell into bed, we were both already asleep.
A full night of sleeping like the dead left us reinvigorated. We headed down to brekky (yeah, that's right - we're Aussies now so we say "brekky") and ran into several players from the Bulls, a South African Super Rugby team. I am not a small man. I'm 6'5" and 210 lbs. I'm used to to being bigger than most people I meet but these guys... these guys are monsters.
The blonde dude in the picture was eating what looked like 2 dozen eggs, a rack of lamb, an entire pineapple and a gallon of Guinness for breakfast. He winked at me when I walked by with a piece of toast and coffee...
Side note: we're hooked on rugby now because it's on every channel down here.
Anyway, after being emasculated by the giants of South Africa, we took the ocean walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach.
We are major fans of the swimming clubs with their own natural swimming pools.
The world famous Bondi Beach. During the summer months there are apparently upwards of 35,000 people a day covering the sand. Whatsup?
Not a bad place for some fish and chips:
We grabbed a cab and were reminded that taxi drivers are a great source of information about driving in a foreign place. We asked a ton of questions, most notably about the numerous roundabouts that are scattered all through Oz. Rule: no matter where you approach always yield to the vehicle to your right. Genius.