Well again we did not have a very successful journey on the night bus, we were used to dvd's being played on the bus so that kept you entertained for a while, but this bus was that old that it only played video's and the bus driver didn't have any videos. This was annoying as me and Tess a had sat near the front just so we could watch the film. It got worse though- about an hour into the journey we discovered that there were lots of bugs on the the bus, and they were quite big, this wasn't helped by the fact that the air-conditioning so the hatch bit was open letting more bugs in. Tess managed to get some sleep but I didn't get much at all. Oh yeah forgot to mention that the bus broke down for 2 hours as well. We finally reached Sydney about 3 hours late and luckily managed to check straight into our room.
The hostel was nice everything you really needed and in a good location. The first thing we did in Sydney was go to find an i information centre to help us decide which attractions to visit as we only had 3 days. When we found one we got a really enthuastic man who was telling us to go everywhere and pretty much told us everything about sydney- we ended up walking out with a library of leaflets. Next we wandered around Darling Harbour, then to Paddy's market, Tess did surprisingly well and didn't buy anything, but i got a naff I love Sydney t-shirt which I will probably not wear- lol. After going back for some tea we then headed back to Darling harbour to see it at night and to China Town which was rather disappointing to be honest- but we didn't care as China is our next stop.
The next day was very busy- we woke up really early as we needed to get our chinese visas sorted which meant getting a bus to somewhere- luckily we found it pretty easy, however we had only anticipated that it would cost 50 pound to get it done the same day but actually it was 100, but we had no other choice- so we just had to go back and collect it between 12-3- which meant we had to fit seeing Circular Quay, Sydney opera house and Harbour bridge in these times- which we managed to do- we were quite proud we saw it all, took a lot of photos (will try to upload them soon). After our mass tourist morning we went back to collect our visa which was all fine. Now it was time for some more sight seeing- we went to the Sky tower- we saw it from the outside but we weren't fussed about paying to go to the top, so instead we wandered around the shopping area and brought a few souvenirs- not many though.
Our friends Jen and Marg were in Sydney at this point- but as they are Irish and it was St Patrick's day they were already drunk, so we didn't go to join them, instead we ended up sitting in the tv room and watching tv for 6 hours- lol- but it was just what we needed- and we got a bit addicted to a tv programme called the biggest loser. Oh yeah and I randomly met a girl (Kat) from my placement year in the kitchen of the hostel which was really weird.
The next day we decided we wanted it to be a bit more lazy so we went to Bondi beach which was really nice, but not as warm as it had been in previous days so we didn't stay long, instead we headed back and some last minute things that we needed and sorted out our bags for the flight the next morning. Oh yeah and we went and had our last Basking Robbins Ice cream even though we both weren't hungry - but it didn't stop us from having a double scoop and then feeling sick afterwards. Obviously we had to watch the biggest loser- however we were really upset that we didn't find out if the girl took the money or stayed in the competition which really upset us (God we are sad).
The next morning we had to go to the airport- we got rid of all our food bags- which was really nice not to have to carry them round . Then we said by to Jen and Marg and got the Train to the airport.
BYE BYE Australia