New Years Eve in Sydney Harbour.
Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
99Trip End Jun 14, 2009
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We had received a very generous invitation from an old school friend Emma Duncan (nee Craig) who had noticed via facebook that we were also now living in Sydney. Emma lives in a beautiful apartment in McMahon's Point, which is the opposite side of the Harbour from Circular Quay and the Opera House. The apartment has spectacular views over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House is right behind it. Quite simply, it promised to be the ultimate vantage point from which to witness the world famous NYE fireworks. Oh, and the booze and food was free too due to strict police regulations preventing people from carrying alcohol into the area. It was a no - brainer for me. SOLD to the little man with a huge appetite for free food and booze! I'm there!
Seriously though, we were thrilled to receive the invite, but a little apprehensive at first because it had been so long since we'd seen Emma (15 years or so) and, even though we all used to live within half a mile of each other, we were never really close due to Emma being a couple of years older than us in school. Accepting the invite would guarantee us possibly the best seats in Sydney for the night, but would also mean abandoning our friends and house mates for the night and spending it with strangers. Decisions, decisions, why do we always have to make so many decisions? We're not good at them. They hurt our delicate little brains and rob us of our "Go with the flow....ness". Eventually we were persuaded by our house mate and Guru, Hoken to just go for it, and if we didn't like it, do a runner and try and meet up with the gang but try and stick it out until the fireworks were over. Swedish sensibility. I now know why Volvo's are so safe.
We worked until 2pm, rushed home for a shave, shower and shampoo and caught the last possible ferry that would enable us to catch the second ferry to Emma's. This is because, on NYE, all ferry activity in the harbour ceases at around 6.30pm and starts again after 12.30am. When we arrived at Circular Quay we were amazed at the amount of people that had turned out. There wasn't a square inch of grass that wasn't occupied by the hundreds of thousands of revelers, some of whom had camped there the night before in order to get a good spot. This made us feel both slightly smug and slightly disappointed because the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing and part of us wanted to be right in the middle of it all.
We arrived at Emma's at around 6.30pm and there was only about four people there at this point (including Emma and her husband) this was not a problem though, more people were surely on their way. What was a problem however, is that we were almost convinced we'd be watching the fireworks from the balcony, somewhere you can have the occasional cigarette. The apartment had the most amazing panoramic view you could possibly imagine but the view was through huge windows. On the 4th floor! Every time we wanted a fag we had to take the keys and go and stand at the rear of the building.
Anyway, the party was OK. Not quite what we had in mind but we couldn't have wished for a better spot and we are very grateful to Emma and Stuart for the invite and for allowing us to witness such a truly spectacular event from their beautiful home. We absolutely demolished their red wine supplies and gobbled up the delicious nibbles. The guest list was a little more eclectic and somewhat reserved compared to the company that we are accustomed to, but everyone got along great and a good time was had by all. After the new year celebrations were over we did decide to try and go find our friends but were extremely unsuccessful and didn't get very far. We ended up staying the night. Thanks again to Emma and Stuart for looking after us.
The following morning, we got up and left quite early. Too early really as the ferries hadn't even started running so we ended up trawling through the aftermath of the biggest party we'd ever seen. We grabbed a McDonald's breakfast and caught a train in to the city before catching the ferry back to Manly and slept until 6.30pm the next day.
The firework display was called 'Creation Storm' and was out of this world! We managed to catch the first 10 minutes on video and got some absolutely fantastic photos. It was an experience that we shall both remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.