Wow, I can’t believe its been 10 days since I wrote anything on here. The flight here was very long and tiring. The flights only took about 20 hours all together. Not too bad when you think about how far we traveled. Within an hour of boarding our flight to Fiji from LAX there was a man that was tackled in the rear of the plane by three very large Fijian flight attendants (this area was 10 rows or so behind us). The man was handcuffed with zip ties and then zip tied to the seat in the back. Apparently he tried to open the emergency door during our flight — they claim that he was mentally disturbed! I was a little worried while they were tackling him – I wondered “what if this guy is trying to kill himself or others on the plane”. Just one more adventure we can write about
The time has gone by so fast. The last week and a half have been busy, fun and tiring. Sydney has so much to offer and so much to see. Upon arriving we took a taxi to a suburb of Sydney called Ashfield and were greeted by Cassiopee’ & Stephen- Our Couchsurfing hosts. They graciously took us in to their home. We stayed a week with them. Cass is Stephen’s daughter and she is funny and adorable. She and I had loads of fun together. We had wonderful conversations with Stephen and he cooked us a delicious Madagasar Meal (as this is his home country). I have so much gratitude for their openness to us. What a great way to begin our adventure here in Sydney.
Our first day here I was so happy because there were parrots flying freely in the sky. There were Rainbow Lorikeets, Cockatoos, Magpies, Kookaburra and others that I couldn’t identify. It literally sounded like I was in a rainforest.
There are many things that we have done in the little time that we have been here. Cass and I took a ferry around the Harbor to see the Opera House and the bridges and Luna Park – which is an Amusement Park on the harbor It was beautiful to be on the water and to just take in the size of the city from afar. It is very large, but reminds me a lot of Chicago. It is very clean and the public transportation is very simple and easy to use.
Jeremy, Cass and I also spent some time on Pitt Street. This is an area where busking is at its best. Jeremy has a friend (Shibaten – from Japan) that was performing. The next day Jeremy set up an area on Pitt Street and played the Halo. This area is probably going to be the best for Jeremy to play his music as there are many people in the area – shopping, walking, traveling through. We are also going to be in contact with local yoga studios. Jeremy has traveled all around the US playing in yoga studios and cafes. His music is wonderful for yoga studios.
The Royal Botanical Gardens (within the city) are just amazing. The flowers, trees and bushes are just beautiful. The camera can’t do it justice. There is no admission to the gardens, you just walk in and get lost. We came across many things but one the highlights was the Flying Fox – one of the largest Bats in the world. There are approx. 22,000 living in the gardens. They were hanging from the trees, screaming and fighting with one another.
After the Gardens, we walked to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (which was also free admission). There were many ancient artifacts and beautiful pieces of art.
I love hearing the different accents around me. The people are so genuine, open and friendly. Everyone we have met, has given us their phone number and tells us to call them if we need anything or have any questions.
We have decided to stay in Sydney for a few weeks and rent a place. We needed to get all 200#’s of our luggage and instruments across the town (approx 2.5 kilometers). Jeremy advised against walking as he said that is was too far. But, I thought, we can do it. Well, half way there I was exhausted. So we found a trolley “shopping cart” along the way and stuffed our belongings in and carted it to our new place. I had no shame.
We are staying with a wonderful women named Romani. She loves yoga and has traveled all over the world. I am excited to hopefully begin a friendship with her.
Yesterday we went to Bondi beach – in Sydney. This is the premier place to see or be seen. The weather was about 80 F, 26 C. I think I have my favorite temp. figured out Many people surf or boogie board here. Someday soon, we will have surf and boogie boards and will be out there with all the other people. It was a very cute city and the beach was lovely. The sand was white and soft. It felt so good to be warm in February. I also did some yoga while we were there.
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