We were flying with Quantas to Sydney and were looking forward to flying with a new airline. It was another night flight so we wasted the day away then arrived quite early in the evening. We knew we were there a bit early but as it turned out we didn't have too much time to be bored and its good we were there early as it took us over 40min to check us in and we created a nice little queue behind us. We got up to the desk when it opened, said where we were going, handed over passports etc and off he went to print out our tickets. After a little while (he was in no rush) he came back telling us we couldn't go on that plane?! Instead he was going to transfer us to another flight, a BA one. There were about 6 flights doing the same route within 10 minutes so it didn't bother us moving. Off he went again to sort out our tickets (in an unhurried manner) and he finally reappeared. 'Sorry girls can't do that'. What?! The ticket that we had couldn't be transferred for some reason. Whilest he had been away were we concocting our own theories about why we couldn't be on our original flight. Mine was that the flight wasn't full as we had booked our tickets so far in advance and they wanted to cancel the flight and move everyone on to another. But he then explained to us what was happening. The flight was coming in from Frankfurt and they couldn't get us 2 seats together. He then said there was really no choice but putting us on the flight in seperate seats. But they could try and fix this. They were having to contact someone else already on the flight to see if they would swap seats with one of us. We agreed to this and it seemed to be sorted. He was just about to hand our tickets over when a woman came along and told us we couldn't have one of those seats. Argh. So he moved our seats again but the same thing applied with asking someone to move for us. Off he dissapeared again for a little while in his urgent manner to reprint our tickets again. Finally it was sorted, 40 minutes later. It all worked out well and we sat together for what turned out to be a really nice flight. The food was good, we had potatoes yay. Hed been missing them. I also discovered a love for toblerone. We were on a mission to spend the rest of our pennies and 2 bars is all we could afford. If we had 5 cent more I would have got a mars and it would have been a different story. I would sill be in the dark about how good toblerone is! It was fate.
We had a bit of a bumpy start to Sydney. We got dropped off outsdide our hostel, rang the bell, knocked the door but there was no answer. After about 5 minutes a workm,an walked past and told us that the place was shut for renovation. Great of them to let us know! He went and fetched someone else and we were told there was an associated hostel just up the road. So off we went to find that didn't open til 8 and it was 7.30. It wasn't too bad as someone came into the reception early and we only had to wait about 20min. He then told us we would be staying at the other associated hostel across the raod so off we went again. We were staying in a 10 dorm room and I think I nearly cried when I walked in. It wasn't even possible to tell which beds were free. Everyone's s*** was everywhere and there was hardly any room to put our bags down. We also ended up at opposite ends of the room which didn't help. We dumped our stuff and left to go and explore. Luckily we got used to the room and by the end of our 4 nights it didn't seem too bad. Although one night far too many people came home drunk and with others!!
We had a nice couple of days but didn't get up to too much as we knew we would be back there in a few months. We just saw some of the main sights and spent quite a bit of time in the botanical gardens. One evening we also sat and wathced the sunset behind the opera house. We visited Darling Harbour and The Rocks. There was a lovely market at The Roacks selling lots of unique items. There was also a great little food area where I had the most amazing meatball wrap! One day we also took the footpath over the harbour bridge to the other side to see even more angles of the opera house. One evening we went for a walk around the harbour and they were playing footloose outside on a big screen. Everyone sat on the opera house steps watching it and there was even a little dancefloor set up. This was the evening we also put our appetite to the test. We were looking for something small to eat but ended up at McDonalds. We walked in aying we were just going to have a burger, not even a meal. But then we saw the family boxes: 2 cheeseburgers, 2 big macs, chicken nuggets, 4 fries and 4 drinks. We let the coin decide if we should be greedy: heads = the family box, tails = a burger. Heads it was. And yes, we ate it all and enjoyed. Sheamfully this wasn't our first McDonalds experience as we had also been there early hours of Sat morning after my birthday night out. It was a good and random night which envolved getting on a 'party bus' into town with all the piss-heads from our hostel. Drinking seemed to be the only thing they were there to do. It was like turning back the clock and starting uni again but having to share a room. Not surprisingly we didn't spend too much time with any of them . Random we were talking to an Aussie Rules team who were on tour from Adelaide. It was nice to talk to people form Australia and as you can imagine there was a bit of banter. We also talked to some locals in McDonalds, mainly about English football! I didn't really have too much input to the conversation, just let them show off their knowledge and agreed. They were all really friendly though and it was funny as they were asking us to say random words with our accents. For my birthday we also had a bit of a feast at lunch. We had decided we wanted a nice sunday dinner type thing, but we couldn't find anywhere. We were just about to give up the search when we came across an all you can eat buffet. It perhaps wasn't as good as it could have been but we enjoyed it still. Make your own sandwhichs, potatoes, soup, chicken, jelly and a lovely bottle of birthday wine....And that is it from Aus for now.