August, 2012There was really no rhyme or reason for any of it. Carli and I were just bored one day and thought we should "buy a ticket and go." We had no particular destination, we just wanted to go somewhere. Anywhere! So, that very day, we did...(well, the "buying a ticket" part of the equation happened).
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A "small" trip turned into a "not-so-small" trip when we booked our first plane ticket...to Australia. And since we were essentially flying across the world, I mean, it made sense to see some other places while over there, right? And what's close to Australia? Well, to us, it was Bali...and also Singapore. (!!!)
But back to destination 1: Sydney. After searching for accommodations, we selected the vibe HOTEL in North Sydney, because of its name (we liked the vibe of the Vibe), reasonable pricing, and because of its location. The latter was perfect for us tourists; the train station was a stone's throw away, and the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge could not have been better (ie tourist heaven).
En route to the hotel!
the vibe HOTEL
Sydney Harbour Bridge (hotel view!)
Hotel room view
Train station / hotel location
We were running purely on adrenaline after our flights (thinking back, I have no clue how we did it), and decided to grab a bite to eat and walk along the Harbour Bridge down to Pitt Street, where we managed to put a good dent in our wallets after not even half a day--our first day nonetheless! Aside from the fantastic shopping, I couldn't get over how beautiful the city was; the intricately designed buildings, coolness--literally and figuratively speaking--brought on by the end of winter, and the well-dressed people...ugh! I kind of loved that we went during the off-season too, because we were really able to get a feel for what life would be like if we lived in Sydney, versus merely vacationing there.
Photo op! (natch)
Sydney Harbour Bridge jumping
(and apologizing for said jumping)
Sydney Opera House
Locks (of love)
Australian Hotel (where we ate lunch/I ate my first Australian french fry)
Pitt Street (& fruit market!)
Anddd here's where the wallet-denting began to take place...(it was so worth it)!
...now I want to go back to Australia!