23.08.2012 - 23.08.2012 81 °F
Today started (after a good night's sleep - yahoo!) with some coffee and breakfast in the hotel room, then we headed out for a run in the Botanic Gardens (and Kev crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, shown below post-run). When we headed out for lunch, I couldn't forget about "Food for Thought," an organic vegetarian restaurant we saw yesterday, and we headed in. Kev got the falafel wrap (and liked it!) and I got some brown rice, lentils, chickpeas with turmeric, and roasted vegetables. Heaven!
We then walked to several landmarks, seeing the Harbour Bridge, the Circular Quay, and the Opera House! We were on a mission ... to pick up our tickets for South Pacific later tonight! Seeing such an iconic landmark in person is always pretty cool.
From the Opera House, we headed through the Botanic Gardens. We have each run through them twice already, but decided to take a more leisurely stroll to make sure we took it all in. They are gorgeous! We also saw the Government House, the official residence of the Governor of New South Wales.
We headed to Hyde Park next, and stopped in beautiful St. Mary's Cathedral on the way. After walking through Hyde Park, we picked up breakfasts and snacks for the rest of our trip, and walked through the Queen Victoria Building (a mall with great architecture!). We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for tonight.
We had planned to walk back to Circular Quay to grab and early dinner before the show, but just before we were heading out, it started pouring and gusting! We grabbed some umbrellas and gutted it out, and 20 minutes later were in a cozy pub, watching Australian football and having a drink. For dinner, Kevin got a grilled chicken sandwich, and I got a grilled chicken salad. Then ... we were on our way!
Of course, there were no photos allowed in the theater, but suffice it to say that South Pacific was fantastic. I absolutely love seeing musicals, since I performed in them in middle school and high school (I remember seeing South Pacific the year before I was "eligible" to be in musicals, and wanting to be part of the action!), and this one did not disappoint. Emile, Nellie, and Billis were particularly great!
We enjoyed the walk home, and are now working on some stuff for our future townhome ... closing is in 7 business days and we are, um, not quite where we should be, so we're trying to ignite some urgency (thanks, Gary!). See you tomorrow for another great day in Sydney!
-Megan and Kevin