No worries in Sydney

Fortunately I have only once had trouble with a jet lag (Mexico), but the long journey to Australia did not give me any problems. I started in Amsterdam where I flew to London Heathrow and then to Sydney. It is a long journey, but it is worth it!
After arriving the first thing I wanted to do was to go with the flow: eat and sleep when the Australians do, so that I would not be bothered with a jet lag and be able to enjoy the fullest of Ozz on the next day!


Welcome to Sydney love!

With a ferry from Parramatta I had my first impressions of this amazing city. While sailing underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge it seemed as if I saw people standing on top of this enormous building. Later I discovered that you can climb the bridge with a guide and a harness full of cables which attach you to the bridge – I wanted to do that too of course! Luckily the Bridge Climb is easy to arrange and you can enjoy this adventure in the morning, afternoon or evening.

“Welcome to Sydney love!” says my big and friendly giant of an Australian guide. He takes the photos during the climb, since you will be too busy holding on to the railing. Unfortunately you are not aloud to bring anything with you, such as bags or cameras, to the climb. The bridge climb is a very exciting experience on its own, but next to the challenge, it gives you an amazing view on the city and of course a bunch of beautiful pictures. It is mostly the hard wind that makes the climb exciting, but hey, then the Australian flag on the middle of the bridge will be visible a lot better.

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Can you imagine yourself walking on top of the bridge?

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My sister and I climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While I was walking on the street later on, I noticed that everything in Ozzie works the other way around (referring to the Netherlands) – not only the water flows counterclockwise direction drain, but everybody seems to pass you on the right sight instead of the left. I had to get used to the British trafficflow, but a big advantage is that even so far away from home you can speak English with the locals.
The English language in Australia is a bit different from what we hear in England or America. “G’day mate, howaya?, “No worries mate” and “thanks love” are things I heard quit a lot in Ozz. A friendly parlance.

Hidden treasure

The Botanical gardens of Sydney are still a hidden treasure to my opinion. They face the Sydney Opera House, but you will find much more peace here in contrast to the crowds at other sites.

It seemed to me like a good idea to drink a cappuccino in the afternoon on the terrace, in the middle of the park, where many trees shelter you from the sun.

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Advise: never walk away to take a quick picture when you are drinking a cup of coffee in the Botanical gardens. Because before you will know it, your coffee will be gone.

I thought I heard many birds in the trees, but they appeared to be bats – never assume, because that makes an ASS out of U and ME / ASSUME. Impressive actually, because I would have never expected to find bats in these gardens. Especially during the day.
You can see them quit well hanging in the trees – good enough to take a few photos of these creatures you would expect to find in the later and darker hours.
In the Botanical gardens of Sydney you will find the bats during the day squabbling in the trees of the park. I though it was a nice surprise.
There are indeed birds as well. The Australian white ibis can be found everywhere, but there are also some cockatoos flying around.

In the Featherdale Wildlife Park I had another encounter with the bats. Featherdale is a park where you can find all the Australian animals in a zoo habitat.

Eventually, I think they are pretty awesome creatures, those Dracula’s.

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An afternoon nap for the bats in Sydney.

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And more animals

The city itself is pretty green too. Trees are everywhere and beautiful colorful birds fly through the shopping streets. The rainbow parrots even kept on eye on me from the rooftops as I was holding a little bag of sugar I brought from the coffee shop.
suddenly there was one on my hand who had quickly pecked a hole in the bag of sugar. Incredible that a wild parrot will come and sit on your hand.
Sydney is a port, so whale watching is a big must do! Unfortunately I had chosen a day when we saw no whales. But… No worries mate! The crew offered me to come aboard for free another day for a new chance to see whales. And BINGO! I saw many whales at the second cruise and even dolphins and a seal.
What an amazing experience.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.
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