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"We're in Sydney, mate!"

sunny 77 °F

Title courtesy of Kevin, after asking repeatedly if I thought the Goonies aired in Sydney with or without an Australian accent ;). Well, as you've figured by now, we're here! Today started with a brutal 5am wake up call and bus ride to the airport ... where we sat on the plane, got off, boarded another plane, you know the drill. We ended up taking off several hours late, but we were in no hurry. We did notice that the flight attendants were incredibly accommodating and felt terrible about the delay - re-booking people instantly, offering everyone $20 food coupons because they could only serve buckwheat crepes instead of lunch for the later flight, etc. We were impressed!

We headed to our hotel and tried to take a nap. Now, a 30-second tangent ... I have all of a sudden developed insomnia! I have always been a fantastic sleeper, as in, I literally cannot remember a single night ever that I have taken more than 5 minutes to fall asleep, unless there was something huge weighing on my mind. And I have always chastised Kev's inability to sleep by saying that once your body is "caught up" on sleep, some level of insomnia is normal (which makes sense, as I also cannot remember a time since at least late middle school when I have not been sleep deprived). But ... after "catching up" since late June, I didn't expect the insomnia to hit me so suddenly! It's like now that my body is satisfied, it thinks I can function on 1-2 hours of sleep per night, or wants to build back up a deficit? OK, rant over!

We each went for a beautiful sight-seeing run around the Sydney Botanic Gardens, the Opera House (and Hyde Park for me since I got lost). The Opera House is just as stunning as we had imagined, and the gardens are so well-maintained! There are tons of runners in Australia - maybe not quite as many as Melbourne, but everyone seems to be in generally good shape. Have I mentioned that the weather is gorgeous?!?
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After showering, we walked around Sydney a bit, including some great pedestrian-only areas like this one (right beside our hotel) that are lined with restaurants/ shops. We meandered to The Rocks, another shopping/ eating area, and had a glass of wine and an appetizer (grilled ciabatta + olive oil + spices) outside while people-watching.
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We walked to a new restaurant for dinner, and chose a quaint little restaurant purely for the ... (wait for it) ... Kangaroo Burger! After seeing our (very large) furry friend a few days ago, Kev was anxious to try it, and he got his wish tonight! (Even I have to admit, it was really good!) I got the lentil and vegetable soup, and a rocket (like arugula), pear, and balsamic reduction salad, which was amazing!
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We're going to (try to) rest up for more fun tomorrow ... I get to cash in on my anniversary gift from Kev tomorrow night!
-Megan and Kevin

Posted by megandkev 04:04 Archived in Australia

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Hey guys, sounds like you are enjoying Oz. Kelley and I got to spend 10 days in Sydney a long time and three kids ago. One of the best things in Sydney that we enjoyed was the Harbor bridge climb over the harbor. If you have the time, the ferry from Sydney to Manly beach was nice and you get to see the city from the water and visit the beach. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time. Tommy Haff (Kevin's cousin)

by Tommy Haff

WOW - this trip keeps getting better and better.
I hope the play at the Sydney Opera House was fantastic! Kangaroo burger - really ?

PS Kevin, your car is fine. :)

by Mom / Karen

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