I arrived around 10am in Sydney after a 14+ hour flight and a ridiculously heinous 10 hour layover in LAX. NEVER again will I do that. Luckily my Facebook friends helped me to navigate to an In N' Out burger, which made my life significantly better. Sydney was nice, warmish and muggy, but not overly warm and the flight in was gorgeous, as you can see.
On Saturday, I went on a grand Canyoneering adventure and did the Serendipity canyon. I don't have any pictures, but it was really amazing. It consisted of 4 abseils (rappel's to those climbers) adn then swims through slot canyons and lunch on a hot rock. Or it would have been hot had the sun been out. The weather has not been kind to me.
I then hopped a train back to Sydney. Check out my passport! Another stamp! (And look, my shiner is almost gone too!)
Did you all know that Opera was here a few weeks ago? Apparently she was, and there are banners!
They drive on the wrong side of the street here. Good thing they have street signs to remind you!
Monday was predicted to be nice weather all week, but apparently Mother Nature had other plans. It rained. On the Beach. Again. What is a 'Surfcraft' anyway?
So that's it for pictures! Now I'm in Christchurch borrowing a computer and planning the rest of my trip.
Some final thoughts on Australia: I felt like I was just hemmoraging money there. Seriously everything was SO expensive! From the trains to the food to just walking down the street, it felt like everything cost a ridiculous amount of money.
The bus system there is very good though. If you can remember the whole drive on the left thing, you're already one step ahead. However, do NOT get on the back door, because they will yell at you then you'll have to apologize for being a stupid american (sorry Australia). The busses are actually really nice and come equipped with survelynce cameras, which display your picture on a handy tv screen for all to see. they also show advertisements. It's kind of genius. Oh, and the busses have their only 24/7 designated driving lane, which comes in handy for the bad Sydney traffic, and in some cases they even have their own roads that are completely separate from the rest of the drivers. IT makes it feel like you are on a carnival ride! I liked it!
Another thing of note...they spell Aussie 'Ozzie'...we made up the 'au' spelling.
So that's it! Overall I didn't love Sydney. The opera house is pretty, but lets just say it's very 70's and photographs realy well. The city was just too frantic for me. I'm looking forward to kicking back a little now that i'm in New Zealand.