Saturday, September 24, 2011

On Hawaii Time?

Todd and I arrived safe and sound in Sydney about two and a half days ago.  Much to my surprise, the flights here weren't nearly as difficult as I imagined.  Neither of us slept much, but we were able to catch up on some movies we wanted to watch and get some sleep here and there.

Not sure why I'm so excited to be on a plane for 24 hours.

By the time were arrived, I'm not sure Todd or I knew which way was up, let alone what time it was.  But, we did our best to stay awake as long as possible.

We saw the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens (a beautiful space similar to NYC's Central Park) and the Harbor Bridge.  Clearly, Todd's favorite part was showing off the bridge--I am convinced he might move across the world just to be in close proximity to a "cool" bridge.  Then, we walked through a great area called "The Rocks" which consists of old "hotels" (i.e. bars) and little shops. 

After a quick stop to grab a drink and a local specialty--potato wedges with sweet chili sauce and sour cream (so delicious!), we headed back to the hotel.  Our extended stay hotel is just across the street (make sure to look right, left, then right when crossing) from a mall.  One of the more surprising things about Sydney has been the malls.  The one close to us is quite large and has a couple of grocery stores inside--right next door to department stores.  There are also specialty food stores in these malls.  We walked up to a seafood store/fishmonger right next door to an electronics store.  It was a bit odd to say the least.  
Once we returned to the apartment, I completely passed out.  Todd woke me up to go grab dinner and then I went right back to sleep.  

Yesterday, we checked out the first of quite a few apartments and headed to a neighborhood called Kirribilli which sits very close to the harbor.  

Though that first apartment was a bust, we decided that either Kirribilli or a neighborhood a little farther north called Crow's Nest would be good choices for our first apartment here.  Last night, I yet again fell asleep early, woke up to eat dinner and then went back to sleep.  Todd seems to be pretty acclimated to this new time zone whereas I think my body thinks I'm stuck somewhere between Hawaii and here.  

After seeing a ton more apartments today, Todd and I worked up an appetite for some fish and chips.  We stopped by a hotel to grab some really good bar food and watch a football game--Australian rules, of course.  Todd is doing everything he can to explain the rules to both rugby and Aussie football.  So far, it is super fun to watch but I'm not positive I always know what's going on with the game.  

Fingers crossed, I'm going to do my best to stay up until a regular time tonight.  It's not looking so good though...

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