My good friends from Los Angeles arrived in Sydney late yesterday afternoon after a long flight. They arrived tired, unshaven, and excited to see what this city has to offer. We spent yesterday afternoon doing Sydney 101…just the overview of the neighborhood: here’s where your hotel is, here is where you catch the bus, here is where I live.
But this morning we hit the ground in earnest. I drug there butts all over. I used a shock and awe approach and their jet lag had kicked in hours before the even realized it. They finally said UNCLE around 8:00 p.m. after a great Greek dinner.
I met them around 8:30 a.m. at a cafe in Darlinghurst where they were having breakfast and being introduced to the ridiculous prices in Sydney. From there we walked downtown, through Hyde Park, and then on to Circular Quay. We took in the views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the Botanical Gardens. This was all done in a downright frigid gale force wind and they were wearing shorts and tee shirts. What troopers they were.
From downtown, we caught a bus to Bondi Beach (see earlier post). When we got there it was so cold it was unbelievable. It was definitely not a beach day and it was hard to explain to them that I had been sweltering just a few days ago. Given the inclement weather we decided that we needed to figure out some sort of inside activity and we took to the bus to Kings Cross and then the train back downtown. We walked up George Street to the Queen Victoria Building.
We enjoyed looking at the old building…it really is quite impressive. From there we walked over to Darling Harbor to take the ferry back to Circular Quay where we could get the bus back to Darlinghurst for a L O N G but excellent Greek dinner prepared and served by Greek guys that were great on the grill but had no business getting anywhere close to the cash register. It took us forever to get the check and even longer to get it right.
I’ll know just how abusive I was if they don’t call me back for more tomorrow, which is the longest day of the year here. They don’t even realize yet how easy today was since it was relatively short. Oh, and it started off with this beautiful sunrise on this last day of Spring!