Before beginning today’s blog entry, I’m going to say a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing travel companion, Sarah. I hope that everyone has been keeping up with her blog too, which is linked to mine on the right hand side, or you can get to it through here: http://sarahmtravels.wordpress.com
The Sydney Aquarium is absolutely massive and a great place to spend the day. We arrived early for Sarah’s birthday, which was a good thing since the queues were out the door by the time we arrived. The lines were still quite long when we got there, but we passed the time by randomly breaking out into “Happy Birthday” to embarass Sarah (mission: accomplished.)
Sometimes aquariums can seem “same old, same old,” but the Sydney Aquarium is quite special. The Great Barrier Reef exihibit is particularly spectacular with massive sharks and rays and a huge number of fish. I can’t wait to get to the reef itself. We should be there in a few days and since getting my PADI in Zanzibar, I’ve been looking forward to scuba diving in the Whitsundays.
We spent the rest of Sarah’s birthday getting silly on the pedalo boats at the harbour and in the arcades. She whooped me at Dance Dance Revolution but I got my own back in the driving games. We went out to dinner at Dock in Darling Harbour, then out barhopping for drinks around Watershed, Pontoon and Cargo. There is no shortage of places to go out in Sydney, and during the Christmas holidays it is buzzing with activity.
Today we took the long stroll from our hostel up to Circular Quay. Circular Quay is the postcard place of Sydney. From our perch at the front of the Manly Ferry, we could see the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney sky tower. Tons of yachts sailed past beautiful condo buildings on the waterfront. Sydney is incredibly photogenic and today, with the sunshine out in full force (finally), it was truly showing off its beauty.