We had decided to spend the night in the airport the night before our flight out of NZ. I have learned that i can not sleep in airports... or on planes. Despite our lack of sleep we headed out that afternoon to stock up on the usual. Being as our hostel was located in Chinatown we bypassed the chain supermarkets for the asian one round the corner. For a Sunday afternoon we were suprised at how many people were around, finially noticing the huge market full of fresh fruit and veg we came away happily stocked with noodles, pork buns (our new favourite thing) and yummy chinese pears. We crashed out on the huge sofa's at our YHA hostel even if it was justto catch our breath for how much we had just had to spend on getting the internet.
You know when you just wake up and get a bad feeling about how you day is going to go.. well i wish i had, today wasn't going well and it was only 9.30, had i known i wouldn't have bothered getting up. Amongst other things all our yummy food was stolen. Sods. Reception was helpful in that its such a problem there that they have a preprinted form for you to fill out, she did give me a free breakfast (toast and coffee) but it really didn't make up for the $25 we spent.
In a sweet attempt to cheer me up kev took me to Darling Habour stopping at the Chinese Gardens. It was lovely, koi fish and beautiful carvings, even dim sum, scones with jam and tea included.
After being in NZ for so long and falling in love with it it was hard to adjust to Oz over 3 days we tried to cover as much as we could on foot walking over the Sydney bridge, visiting the Opera House, Museum and the botanic gardens.. twice (its pretty big) once with our friend Emma that had just arrived . We spent a lot of our time walking up and down George St. which is the main road through the city to the harbour Its quite an experience for us as we aren't used to being in a big city. After getting our bearings we started to warm to Sydney with its huge amount of shops, beautiful bars and harbours i can see my sister and brother-in-law fitting in perfecly!
On Wednesday we met up with some friends that we were in NZ with it was lovely to catch up, they're staying in Manly which is a 30min ferry from Sydney. Its pretty small and if your not a surfer and you don't have a nice full bank account to pay the hefty bar prices theres not a whole lot to do. As we are neither of these things we hopped back on the ferry to go to our favourite place an Irish bar called Scruffy Murphy's cheapest bar we found for drinks and food with a fab atmosphere.
Overall i can see why people come here, its easy to get a well paid job and the standard of living is high. It isn't cheap to stay even for a few days but there are ways around it if you look hard enough.