Thursday, 4 September 2008

An Simple Second Day Exploration of Sydney

I usually can't stand those "Hop On, Hop Off" tourist tours, but Contiki sent me on a complimentary one, so I figured why not take the free transportation. I hiked up Observatory Hill located in the area the locals call "The Rocks." A quaint area, one feels like they've stepped back into a simpler time of small streets and mom-and-pop shops.

It was too cloudy to do a night tour and see the stars, so I just checked out the photography (I'm a bit of an astronomy lover, may I say so).

The Sydney Observatory atop Observatory Hill

Of course I lost my ticket, so they provided me with a fake "show pass" and then I headed back to Circular Quay. The $5.95 for a burger was utterly shocking, but when you need a fix of McDonald's, you pay it!

The Museum of Contemporary Art proved one of my favorites as the artwork was right up my alley (and of course, the museum was free). The taking of pictures was not allowed, but let's just say there were bubbles and large horses attached to the ceiling!

The Museum of Contemporary Art

I jumped back on the bus to the famous Bondi Beach. Orange Country beaches are MUCH better, but I was able to explore and discover the Bondi Pavillion Gallery. Next time I will take the jazz and hip hop class for only $12AU. We drove by the Olympic Stadium and Coogee Beach (another tourist trap, but still nice nonetheless).

The world-famous Bondi Beach

Purely exhausted and still jet-lagged, I went home and watched some good old Australian television. " The sarcasm of the news anchors were predictably welcome as they covered American politics! On to tomorrow!

Australian Idol, not as talented as American Idol, I may say...

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