Arriving Down Under

Trip Start Apr 10, 2005
Trip End Dec 09, 2006

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Descending in to Sydney airport we had to pinch ourselves, we're really arriving in Australia - famous for its outback, the didgeridoo, kangaroos, its great weather and of course Neighbours, just to name a few! For years we have both talked about coming "down under" and now here we were arriving in Sydney airport.

Being organised for once meant a shuttle bus was just a phone call away and would take us straight to our hostel, Pinkhouse (it's a big pink house) in Kings Cross, a recommendation from a bloke we had met in Laos all those months ago. Once checked in to our room (no stinky dorms for us) we swapped our trainers for our flip flops (or thongs as they are better known here) and went out in the spring sunshine to explore the city we would be living in for the next 3 to 4 months.

Kings Cross is better known for being Sydney's red light district (think Soho in London)-it has a strange mix of prostitution, strip joints, stylish & trendy bars and restaurants and backpacker hostels galore. There are certainly some interesting characters around and there is never a dull moment, whether it's a tramp shouting along to his radio, buskers playing or some loony having an argument with themselves, there is much to keep you entertained on the streets of Kings Cross. The bright lights of 'The Cross' certainly attracts people from all different walks of life. Probably really not selling it to you- am I?!?

We hadn't planned on doing any sightseeing on our first day in Sydney, we have months to do that but after a 'walk about' (ha ha) with no map, there it suddenly was in front of us, we had stumble upon the famous Sydney Opera House - it looks even more fantastic in real life and it's huge! Just to the right of it over the glistening blue harbour water was the Harbour Bridge - wow the two biggest attractions on our first day. Excited as we were to be in Sydney though the reality had hit us, it's now time to get a job and start earning some Aussie dollars to help with funding the rest of this trip.
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