Sydney Part 2
On Saturday we headed to the Rocks markets, which was full of arty and crafty things. There were lots of things we wanted to buy but we decided to wait until we come back round to Sydney. We had lunch from one of the food stalls. Rachel had paella which was nice and Sion had German spaetzle which he also enjoyed.
We climbed the Harbour Bridge on Monday, it was really exciting. We wanted to do it on a clear, sunny day so we didn't book ahead. We waited to see what the weather was like and then we turned up early and there were plenty of spaces. We did the Discovery Tour, which took us up the lower arch and then upto the summit. This way we got to see more of the actual bridge. The climb lasted 3.5 hours but the first hour was spent getting into our very stylish grey suits and clipping everything on. The first part of the climb was the scariest. We were 50ft above the ground and could see through the wire mesh floor to the sea below. We then started to climb the lower arch, which wasn't as hard as we had first thought. Sion had some trouble because there were some low parts we had duck through. We got to the top quite quickly and the views were amazing, well worth the $400!
On Tuesday we went up one the of bridge pylons. They are there just for decoration and to make it look sturdy and safe but don't offer it any support. Inside there was a little museum all about the building of the bridge. They had no safety equipment to help them build it, so it was a very dangerous job. 16 men died but only 2 fell off while building it. At the top of the pylon we had great views of the whole of Sydney.
On Wednesday morning we went to the garage and got our van back. She is now fit and healthy and we are confident she will get us all the way around Australia. We spent the afternoon just sorting out and unpacking all our stuff. Then we found somewhere to stay for the night and had to cook our dinner in the dark because we arrived a bit late, but it was fine because Rachel had bought her headtorch!
We have spent two nights in our campervan now and we are starting to get used to sleeping in it. We have a kitchen area at the back with a camping stove, we do all our cooking on. We are having fried eggs on toast this morning and then we are off to Canberra, where we are staying for a few days. We will write more soon xx.