I know it’s late, but I’ve been busy since my trip! Sydney is my new favorite place in the world. It’s absolutely amazing! The culture, night life and size of the city is what I love about it.
My first night there was a little rough as I waited at the airport for 2 hours waiting on my shuttle to Nomads’ Westend Hostel. I thought they forgot about me and I felt lost. After I found them, I had a nice ride to the hostel, where I checked in and fell asleep instantly. The next day, I met a new friend from Germany. We got breakfast and then walked down Pitt St. towards Circular Quay. The city was amazing! Since it was Good Friday, Sydney was empty and I had the streets to myself!
My jaw dropped as soon as I saw the huge Opera House! I couldn’t believe how big it was. Pictures really don’t do it justice. My favorite sight of the city was looking from the opera house towards the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The colors were so vibrant and I felt like I was in Europe with the different color houses and red/orange roofing.
During the week, I went to Maloney’s Hotel for fish & chips and for a few happy hours. Maloney’s was one of my favorite places to go at night. The music was good and there was always a rugby game on the TV. I also tried a lot of different food in china town and all around the King Street Wharf.
My favorite place to go in Sydney was the King Street Wharf. During the day they had street performers everywhere and at night it was the highlight of nightlife. I also went the IMAX there to see a movie on the world’s largest screen! It was epic. I spent a lot of time in McDonalds & Happy Jacks to use their WiFi. I tried to Skype my friends and parents as much as I could. I had no contact with them from the previous week while I was in the Whitsunday’s!
I also strolled around the Royal Botanic Gardens, which were sweet. For me, it was Sydney’s central park (NYC). Throughout the week I met a bunch of people, but I’d say my roommate Louis was the coolest. We hung out everyday and partied at night. He’s from the UK traveling around Australia and New Zealand for a few months. I’m kind of jealous that he has all that time.
I went on the bridge climb, which is worth the $215. The views were stunning as I climbed over 134 meters! The climb was my favorite activity of the week. We has a group of 10 people and followed our tour guide the entire time. once we reached the summit, we took pictures in our ridiculous wind suits. We learned about the bridge history and why it was a symbol of hope during Australia’s depression. I also went on a hike to the Blue Mountains and saw the Three Sisters at Scenic World. I was expecting a lot more hiking and was disappointed with our group. They were caring babies and basically dressed up like they were going out to dinner. I thought it was a HIKE… On my last full day, Louis and I went to the Taronga Zoo. It was pretty cool, but I’m not a zoo person. We spent about 2 hours walking around then decided to leave to beat the thunderstorm that was rolling in from the east near Bondi beach.
Overall, Sydney was the best experience of my life. I can’t wait to go back and visit. I would move there if I had the opportunity. I’m not sure if I would live there forever, but I would consider a few years. Who knows, maybe I’ll go to graduate school at the University of Sydney! I really hope that you have the chance to travel like I have. It has been such a great learning experience that I’ve enjoyed.