Australia has been on my bucket list of places to travel, so when my friend from college called me up and asked if I wanted to go for the weekend, yes, just a weekend, I said yes!
Packed our bags, dusted off our passports, got our visa and soon we boarded our 10 hr flight. We had no plans, no agenda, but we both knew we wanted to experience Australia, even if that just meant for a cool 48 hrs.
We woke up early on a Sunday morning and decided to head towards the Sydney Opera house, the most iconic landmark in all of Sydney. In the heart of the Sydney Harbor, we found many picture perfect shots, quaint little cafes and shops, and just a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. With such limited time we decided to purchase the typical Double decker tourist bus tour. It was perfect for our needs, busing us to all the top destinations providing us with many stops along the way.
Next, while my friend suggested we actually climb to the top of the Sydney bridge (yes I know, a once in a lifetime opportunity) my fear of heights quickly shot down that, and instead, we opted to take an elevator to the highest lookout point in Sydney. We observed the city from the top which was breathtaking and was just enough for me.
For dinner we walked across to Darling Harbor where more shops and eats awaited us. We both tried a local Australian beer, and had my go at some Fish and Chips, which I heard is one of their specialties.
Our second and last day found us out on a Monday morning in the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s city life. The city reminded me much of San Francisco with it’s cool weather breeze and lots of people trying to get to work.
Bondi Beach was our last big destination spot. One of the most famous beach for its pristine clear blue water, soft golden sand, and beautiful surf sets rolling in, its no wonder this beach is a surfers dream with people from around the world visiting. The highlight of the beach for me was the Bondi Icebergs. Featuring a lap pool situated on the edge of the ocean, it was such a cool and unique thing to see. Another thing worth mentioning were all the very hip and cool artwork along the walls.
Our last night found us back at the Sydney harbor for happy hour and fresh oysters. The views were amazing, picture perfect for a spectacular sunset to an amazing city.
My expectations of Australia were definitely fulfilled. It was everything I had hoped for and more. The people were so kind, the architecture and artsy design were modern and unique. The food was AH-Mazing, and my experience there though for only the short period of time, will forever be cherished. I can’t wait to go back and experience more of what the country down under has to offer, because, there is so much more to explore, and this right here is the reason I love to travel, always learning, always exploring. Till next time Australia!