26.08.2012 - 26.08.2012 68 °F
Good evening! It's one of the last few Sunday nights before we start work on September 13th that we are not dreading or stressed about ... enjoying it . Today started as usual with coffee and a run (Harbour Bridge + Dawes Point for me, Centennial Park for Kev). Just as I was thinking I wasn't really in the mood to run, didn't sleep well (return of the insomnia!), and felt a bit sick (just a cold), I was passed by two super-fit runners, each holding one end of a yellow ribbon. It seemed a bit odd, until I realized that the one guy was leading the second guy, who was blind! What a perspective-bringing and inspirational reminder of how very lucky I was to be running across a bridge in Sydney just because I felt like it - don't worry, I enjoyed the rest of the run!
In the late morning, we took a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach, another of Sydney's famous destination beaches. The ferry ride in itself was great, with lots of nice views of both Sydney and Manly, and Manly Beach was much bigger than we had expected! We walked through the Corso (shops and restaurants) and were amazed at how many people were milling about, and stepped onto the beach, which was very pretty but still too cold for us Southerners! While there were tons of outdoor cafes, we preferred to just grab something and sit outside to eat it, so Kev got a chicken kebab pita (unpictured since I wasn't back by the time he started eating!) and I got a salad from a grocery store.
After lunch, we decided to take another coastal walk, similar to the one at Bondi yesterday. It was full of people, and included more beautiful views, and we stopped again to read by the ocean - very relaxing! Once we got a ways into the walk, though, we lost the trail! We ended up meandering through the suburbs of Manly before tracing our steps back to the beach. Check out these humongous lizards we saw everywhere - they gave me the heebie jeebies .
We took the ferry back to Circular Quay, and experienced more great views. We then relaxed at the hotel and showered up before heading out to dinner.
When we went to Darling Harbour yesterday, we knew we had to return, so we walked back for dinner tonight. There are many great restaurants on the water, and even though it was a bit chilly, it was very nice to sit outside. We meandered around looking at menus before deciding on "Plate," which turned out to be great. Kev got the special drink of the day (although he made me pretend it was mine since it looks not-so-Manly, but hey, we already covered that for the day!). He then got 3 small plates - fried gnocchi "stack," kangaroo filet, and buffalo mozzarella and cucumber with a berry sauce. I got a chicken kebab with a side salad, and a side order of steamed vegetables. All 5 dishes were excellent!
While we are incredibly mentally relaxed from so much vacation, we are feeling a little physically tired today. Aside from Thailand, we really have walked 3-8 miles per day (estimated), on top of running 5-10 miles per day, and these desk employees are not used to so much time on the feet! Because of this, we're changing plans a bit for tomorrow and going to enjoy a relaxing and spontaneous day - soaking everything up in our 2nd to last vacation day. We'll let you know what happens!
-Megan and Kevin