I woke up this morning really looking forward to the day I had planned. I showered and headed out to get some breakfast before meeting Edelyn and Matt. Australia is expensive, over £10 for a breakfast. Yuk. Edelyn and Matt are staying in a hostel around the corner. It was only a 5 minute walk, on the other side of the central train station.
They were both in the reception as I walked in. Before leaving their hostel, me and Edelyn had booked a day trip for tomorrow around the blue mountains. I'm not in Sydney long, and I need to get it all fitted in. The 3 of us got onto the train and made our way to circular quay. The home of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the fantastic looking opera house. I was pretty excited when the iconic landmarks came into view. Me and Edelyn walked around the botanical gardens, it was really green. The weather was a little fresh, however the sun was shining.
On the way back to the circular quay, we grabbed a bite to eat. We then had to hunt down the entrance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. We must have climbed about 150 stairs and around all these back streets, luckily there were signs & we found where we needed to be.
It was now 2:15 and we took the next 45+ minutes getting out gear on, jump suits, jackets, radios, hats and gloves, we all looked super cool. Our guide was called Caroline. Edelyn won't mind me saying this, but she was a little scared. When Caroline asked if anyone was scared Edelyn was the first to put her hand up, which resulted in us being at the front of the group! There must have been about 15 in total. We started with the practice run, which we all passed with flying colours, it's my second bridge climb, so I was a pro. The only bit that is a little scary is climbing the ladders and your face is in line with the 6 lane carriageway or the train tracks. When a massive train goes pass, there is a risk of sharting. For the 2 hours it took to walk up and over the bridge we just laughed and laughed - I think the guide really like us...!!! During the climb we must have gone through a entire weather system- sunshine, cloud, gale force winds, light and heavy rain and to end it all nicely there was a rainbow. Thank god we were given rain coats. It was flaming freezing. We stopped a couple of times for photo opportunities. (Between us we brought them all!) it had started to get a little dark on the way back down. In the distance you could see amazing orange skies and beams of light from the sun through the clouds. It had been so good, and I had survived my second Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. I got a posh certificate and a hat to keep! Not sure when I would ever wear the hat... Who am I kidding, it didn't even fit. God damn my massive nugget.
After the bridge climb we headed back to the hostels on the train, but before that we all got soaked to the bone, and the heavens opened. My feet, shoes, trousers, we're all dripping. Due to my limited supply of clothes, I has to go to the bathroom to put some items under the hand dryer! I was getting some funny looks from people walking in.
We decided to meet back up this evening to have a meal and a few (lot) of drink. I walked and meet them gang at their hostel. We started the night by eating pizza. It was tasty and the perfect thing to line the stomach. We then headed to the bar/club down stars. The drinks kept coming, and the later we were there the cheesier the music got. Had a dance and one of Matts friends brought a couple of other people from her hostel! Everyone was really nice. Me and Edelyn have a long day ahead in the blue mountains tomorrow. So after midnight, pretty merry I made my way back to the Bounce hostel where I was staying. I should have stayed in the same hostel...
It was a great day, great night and even the rain couldn't stop us have a amazing time.