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  • Day49

    The Rocks - the place of the convicts

    March 16 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Ha, the city tour was not the only tour I did. Just a bit more than half an hour later I joined the "The Rocks" tour of the same provider. "The Rocks" is the area next to the harbour (opposite of the opera house) where the British convicts used to be brought to. So, it used to be kind of a rough place. The tour was only half about sightseeing and half about stories, e.g. about governor Bligh who was victim to mutiny several times in his life - the first time as commander of the Bounty -, a convict who later became a rich butcher or the youngest ever sent to Sydney convict, a fourteen year old girl who later became known as the "mother of Sydney"; when she died in the age of 82 she had more than 350 living descendants. Very interesting also was an "archeological" site from the 19th century which shows the remainings of the butchery of the before mentioned butcher. Today, one of the youth hostels of Sydney is well-integrated into the historic site. Right for sunset, we had climbed up "Observatory Hill" - amazing views, even with a rainbow at the Harbour Bridge👋🏻. During the tour we also passed by three pubs, each of them claiming being the oldest pub of Sydney🤔 The tour ended just under the Harbour Bridge with a nice view on the opera house again. It was dusk by then, some big bats were flying above us - what a great atmosphere for the mystic "The Rocks" tour. After the tour, I stayed a little longer in the Rocks area and then made my way back through the city to the hostel. However, I stopped for dinner at a Nepalese restaurant😊Read more

  • Day3

    Tikt līdz Sidnejai

    April 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Šoreiz pasaules elpu mēģināsim sajust Austrālijā, pāris nedēļas apceļojot tās austrumu krastu un pie reizes apmeklējot Zandiņas jaunatklātos radus, kuri mīt netālu no Brisbenas. Ceļojam šoreiz ar Zandiņu divatā.
    Laika cilvēkam ir dots maz, tāpēc esam izvēlējušies vistaisnāko iespējamo maršrutu Sidnejas sasniegšanai - ar Etihad Airways caur Abu Dhabi. Saskaņā ar sarakstu, tas aizņems precīzi 24 stundas. Svarīgi arī, ka atbalstam savējos, cik tālu vien iespējams - līdz Abu Dhabi mūs ved Air Baltic ar vienu no saviem jaunajiem Bombardieriem. Lai arī reiss ir savienots, tomēr servisi īsti savienoti nav. Etihad, piemēram, saka, ka varam bagāžā nodot pa koferim šajā ceļojumā, turpretim Air Baltic tā neuzskata. Mūs gan tas nesatrauc, jo esam ierobežojuši sevi mugursomas izmērā - tas vēlāk ceļojuma laikā dos milzīgas prieksrocības. Radiem pirms tam no Rīgas aizsūtījām paciņu.
    Abu Dhabi lidosta sajūsmina ar savu spēju apvienot arābu tradīcijas un stilu ar vēlmi un vajadzību pārdot Rietumu pasaules zīmolus visiem, kas “ievilkti” šajā globālā transporta mezglā.
    Esam izvēlējušies uzspēlēt spēlīti ar Etihad - norezervēju 2 vietas katru savā pusē ejai 39. rindā par 40€, spekulējot uz to, ka, ja reiss nebūs izpārdots, tad tik nepieprasītā rindā būs brīvas vietas blakus. (Es to saucu par Edvīna teoriju).
    Nekā nebija, reiss ir pilns. Spēlīte zaudēta. Toties blakus pilnīgi nejauši Etihad man iesēdinājis latviešu kungu no Rīgas, kurš brauc biznesa darīšanas. Viņš vismaz nav maksājis par iespēju sēdēt 39. rindā.
    Labā ziņa ir, ka no Abu Dhabi startējam precīzi pēc saraksta. Nekavējoties ievēroju, ka Etihad pasažieru monitorā nepārtraukti rāda attālumu līdz Mekkai - tas laikam kārtīgam musulmanim jāzina pat nakts vidū. Tagad rakstīšanā taisu pārtraukumu, turpināšu jau no Sidnejas.
    Un tagad jau no Sidnejas. 14 stundas lidmašīnā - tik daudz vēl nebija nācies sēdēt, dibeni liek par sevi manīt. Toteis šeit jau uzreiz viss patīk. “Shuttle buss”, kas maksā AUD 22 (€16) no lidostas ir ar ekskursijas elementiem, šoferis visu ko stāsta, neaizmirsdams arī lamāt valdību. Spēka mums nav vispār, tomēr nolemjam nomāt divriteņus un ar tiem doties ostas apskatē. Tiešām iespaidīga arhitektūra, vienīgi jāsaka, ka slavenā Sidnejas opera likās mazāk pievilcīga, nekā gaidīts, toties 1932. gadā uzslietais dzelzs tilts pārspēja visu.
    Šodienai pietiks rakstīt, jo spēki galā.
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  • Day5

    On Top of Sydney

    January 10 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    Day 5
    When in Australia there are a couple of must do things that come to mind, one being the Sydney Bridge Climb. Today I headed down to the bridge to do one of the morning 3 and a half hour climbs. The building that you get all geared up in has an industrial feel to it and is directly attached to the bridge through a small tunnel. You get a gray jumpsuit (you had to take your clothes off to put it on, I knew this beforehand so I decided to wear a bathing suit) to put on and a harness which attaches you to the bridge during your climb. I would say the beginning is the scariest part, it is really narrow and in order to get to the top part of the bridge, you have to climb a series of skinny ladders. Once on the top portion it was really thick so I wasn’t worried at all and the views were well worth it. We were given headphones so that the guide could tell us about the history of the bridge, which was really interesting. Our guide was amazing, she was outgoing, knowledgeable and really made everyone feel confident and at ease through the whole climb. The weather was perfect, not smokey or cloudy and there was a nice breeze that kept me cool while on the bridge. The view at the very top was so incredible. I stood there for a moment and was overwhelmed with emotions. I felt so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience something so incredible but also felt sad knowing that there are so many people who won’t ever be able to. I will never forget how amazing it was and it was definitely worth every penny. I paid a little extra to get the picture package for the memories because you are not allowed to bring anything on the climb. Once we got changed and returned our gear, I headed to a brewery that my Dad frequented called Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel (the oldest hotel in Australia) for a couple beers and a snack. Since it was such a beautiful day I then met up with Alix and we grabbed the ferry over to Manly Beach for 2 hours of tanning on the beach. I headed to Darling Harbor around 9pm to a bar called Cargo to grab a drink with a girl I met at Scary Canary who is working as an au pair in Sydney. I am not usually a city person but wow I have really been loving Sydney!

    Day 6
    Weekends in Sydney are booming with markets, they have several throughout the city some focus more on food while others on local crafts and clothes. I met up with Gaby’s friend Kim, who she met and became close with when she studied abroad. We headed to The Rocks Market and spent some time walking around and looking at the local crafts. They had jewelry, soaps, fudge, painted tiles, skin product, clothes, leather goods and more. It was a cooler day out and after all the humid ones everyone was out and about really enjoying the weather. We facetimed with Gaby for about 45 mins and had worked up an appetite. We went and had lunch at a rooftop restaurant with amazing views of the harbor called The Glenmore. It was a Saturday and the place was packed with brunch goers and family parties. We shared a jug of alcohol, salt and pepper prawns and a chicken parmigiana schnitzel (there is a huge debate in Australia on whether it is a parmi or parma for short). After lunch we headed over to see the campus of the University of Notre Dame (where Kim and Gaby studied) and she walked me by the apartment Gaby used to live in. It was nice to spend the day with someone who is Australian since all the people I had met until this point were fellow travelers, mostly from the UK. I went back to the hostel to begin packing my bags since it was my last night in Sydney. Alix and I hung out in our room drinking goon and talking about our future travel plans. Traveling alone is such a unique experience that allows you to open yourself up to meeting so many new people. The con to it is that you are constantly having to make new friends and say goodbye to some really cool down to earth people.
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  • Day3

    Tourtje Sydney CBD

    November 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Vandaag buiig in de ochtend, dus natte start op de OBike huurfiets, het centrum in. Ja , en dan ga je toch de toeristische hoogtepunten bekijken ...
    Oa de Royal Botanic Garden

  • Day4

    @sydney Rocks

    July 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Spaziergang zur und durch die Brücke um auf den rechten Pfeiler zu steigen. Sehr windig heute! Alle etwas müde.
    Walking to and through the bridge to go up the pylon. It was blowing a gale. All a little tired!!Read more

  • Day50

    Wer suchet, der findet

    March 5, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Sonntag, den 5. März 2017

    Die Wohnungssuche geht weiter... Aber nicht mehr lange! Gestern haben wir uns eine neu renovierte Wohnung angeschaut, richtig schön! Leider sind noch keine Möbel drin und alles andere wird nach und nach erst gekauft.

    Als die Zusage kam, haben wir uns riesig gefreut, vorallem weil Fokko, den wir kennengelernt haben, auch mit einzieht. Insgesamt ziehen 8 Leute ein, 2 Studenten aus Kolumbien und zwei Franzosen und eine Spanierin. Da wir es nicht erwarten konnten bald einzuziehen, haben wir geholfen, die IKEA Möbel aufzubauen.

    Da im Hostel ziemlich viel Trubel war und wir uns mit den Engländer "angelegt" haben, beschlossen wir spontan, heute noch das Hostel zu verlassen. Wir waren aber nicht die einzigen, die heute einzogen.

    Zum Thema Engländer: Die benehmen sich richtig scheiße, sind arrogant und aggressiv, vorallem unter Alkoholeinfluss. Sie provozieren die Deutschen, sind laut und spülen ihr Geschirr selten ab. Jeden Freitag abend sitzen sie im TV Raum und schauen einen Film, weshalb kein anderer sich in diesem Raum zur späten Stunde unterhalten darf (es ist der einzigste Aufenthaltsraum zu dieser Stunde). Aber wenn wir einen Film schauen wollen, verhalten sie sich noch viel schlimmer!
    Naja, jetzt sind wir sie erstmal los!

    Im Lauf der Woche soll der Sofa, TV und Essbereich kommen.
    Jetzt muss noch einiges mit den Mitbewohner geklärt werden ... Es fühlt sich super an, die eigenen vier Wände zu haben! Zwar bezahlen wir hier in zwei Wochen soviel, dass es in Deutschland eine Monatsmiete in ner schönen Wohnung reichen würde, aber das ist hier ja nichts neues ;)
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  • Day62

    Sydney: Harbour Bridge

    November 21, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Nach dem Mittag habe ich mich mit zwei Mädels getroffen, die ich am Abend zuvor kennengelernt habe. (Sarah: Deutschland, Annika: Amerika)
    Haben zusammen einen Kaffee getrunken, sind durch die Stadt gelaufen und dann auf die Harbour Bridge gegangen.
    Von dort aus konnte man den Rauch ein wenig sehen, der über Sydney durch die Buschfeuer liegt.
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