03/01/2009 - 03/16/2009
Figured I'd post some additional pictures from the two week visit by everyone, just to fill in the gaps.
We did spend a lot of time in Sydney. One of the places that everyone visiting Sydney needs to experience is Scruffy Murphys. From the outside, it looks like a cool Irish pub. Hearing about the multiple level bar (top level—laid back pub atmosphere, ground level—bar with live music, sub level—dance club) you'd think they would have something for everyone. Walking around Sydney the first day, Dawn and I were drawn to it to have our very first beer in Australia. However, it is also one of the most frequented by backpackers, instantly making it sketchy and a place where people just get absolutely obliterated. There is drag queen karaoke every Wednesday night. The dance floor is techno only, which is often filled by over hyper people dancing spasmodically. The night we went, it didn't disappoint.
We also made it back to the beaches. After going to Manly the first day, we went down to the "world famous" Bondi Beach. Bondi received its latest world notoriety due to multiple shark attacks in the previous week (after supposedly having no attacks for the past 50 years). It didn't stop us or the surfers from getting in the water. Lifeguards patrolled the beach in jetskis (possibly looking for sharks, I had never seen them do that before). Multiple news helicopters floated overhead as well. Jason proclaimed the helicopters were there because "they had never seen guns like these" and began his body builder poses. Soon enough, we were all striking poses at the helicopters. This eventually progressed into trying to take pictures of us all synchronously jumping.
I wanted the guys to meet some of the coolest drinking partners in Sydney, so I called up Nick, Caroline, and Leighanne. We met them at their local bar, a place I was dieing to try out.
There was another experience the guys did not miss out on. Typically after leaving the bars, Dawn starts chanting one phrase over and over again—"I want Hungry Jacks!"
The prettiest views of Sydney (in my opinion) are seen from the Botanical Gardens. Not only are the Botanical Gardens close to the harbor, they also offer great views of the Opera House and the Bridge. Of course the gardens by itself is absolutely beautiful. I made sure to show Greg the huge flying foxes that hang out in the trees (look for the bats hanging in the trees in the picture of the spider). We took our time going through the gardens, stopping for a break at Mrs. Macquarie's chair (in the 1800s the governor's wife spent so much time on a lookout viewing into the harbor that a chair was carved for her out of the stone).
Greg, Dawn, and I also made it back to the zoo. Just like I was, Greg was enthralled by the lion feeding. Being able to stare into the eyes of a hungry lion is quite an experience.
One of the top things I wanted to do with everyone was hit up the German beer garden. We did all make it to Lowenbraus, but since it was Friday night, they weren't serving their liter beers. Greg, Dawn, and I did make it back before Greg left. Notice that Greg and i got man size while Dawn settled for the woman-and-baby-carriage size.
Greg, Dawn, and Will made it back out to Watson's Bay for the incredible views of the ocean from the cliffs (it was also where we watched the Boxing Day Yacht Race).