We stayed at:
The Leisure Inn in Spire (or so Mil says it was called). Photo below is what the buildings looked like.
We went to see: The Caves The three sisters/ echo point
What I enjoyed: Snuggling on the benches, taking walks together
Now IF I had paid attention to the stations while I was on the train I would have realized that I had missed my stop a bit earlier. Originally I wanted to spend the day walking around in Chinatown, and Darling Harbour. Instead I ended up across the bridge. And as I was sure I could walk the distance, and find my way without a map or directions I took an on foot detour.
Locations I hit:
The Harbor Bridge (Walked it!) and the park under it on the side far from downtown. I also walked by the strange carnival park thing.
The Rocks (walked through the area near the bridge in downtown)
The Quay (walked through on the way to the gardens)
The Opera House (outside only walk around)
The Botanic Gardens (for some relaxing and book reading)
Rest stops and food:
I got lunch in a store built into the bridge! A quite large and tasty burger. Though I’ve never had one with beets and no ketchup before… By far my favorite part were the fries, perfectly crispy outside gooey insides.
My next stop was for a Hot Chocolate close to dinner time.
Day’s Dinner with Mil:
A Japanese-ish meal. The restaurant style is uniquely Australian to me. There is a touch screen with pictures of food, you pick whatever you want and it shows up, no interactions needed with staff. So strange. Sadly I wan’t feeling seafood brave that night and so had lots of edamame and teriyaki
My path to and from Sydney.
Getting on the first plane:
The ticket counter didn’t read my passport… The staff didn’t have my VISA on file… and the security line was over 40 minutes long. Sigh that’s why I get to the airport 3 hours early. Otherwise the plane was on time and the two hour flight was well a flight with no screen or snacks.
We arrived on time (sort of). This meant that I had 15 minutes to get to my next gate and board. Thankfully I wasn’t changing airlines in LAX so I didn’t have to leave the security area and go through a security check again.
I was seated in the very uncomfortable spot of middle column aisle seat. This meant that I couldn’t lean against a wall and got in the way of the attendants fairly often. But I also got the joy of seating with an elderly pair of Vietnamese women, whom I helped with the entry forms, requesting food etc. United airlines didn’t have great meals, but at least I got something.
The best part of the whole trip was that I got to get picked up at my final airport. ❤
Oh my goodness I have only three weeks until I’m on a plane! This means I need to plan my days, pack and get ready to go in only three weeks. I like planning a lot more than that. Sigh studying always takes away my concentration off of travel and getting ready for going. I’m going to have to double check weather and such when my trip is two weeks out to be sure my clothing options won’t be too warm or too cold.
I need to make a day to day schedule (as Mil works from about 9-5… as in he actually has to do over time until 6 or 7, unless I pick him up from work). This means planning things for me to do, walks and food. I’ll be taking pictures and trying to find easy places to take Mil to eat at when he gets off work. In addition to sight-seeing and wandering I want to do some cooking and food shopping.