April 17, 2014. Greeted Mama with a birthday cake as soon as I woke up. I had secretly bought one the night before when I went out with a friend. It was our last day in Sydney, and we had the day to ourselves, no tours booked whatsoever. Guided with GPS and Google Maps powered by prepaid mobile internet on my phone, we wandered around downtown Sydney, did a few shopping, before hopping on our ten-hour train to Melbourne.
April 16, 2014. We were booked on a tour to the Blue Mountains, a national park west of Sydney. Spectacular views. We were likewise brought to a small zoo where we were able to interact with some kangaroos, koalas and emus. Instead of taking the road back to Sydney, we were ferried on a, well, ferry along the Parramatta River as the sun was setting down. I met up with a childhood friend and her sister for a night out in Sydney.
April 15, 2014.
April 14, 2014. One reason why my family chose Australia as our destination for a family vacation this summer was that I had told Mama that being in the Southern hemisphere, temperatures in Australia would be much colder as their seasons are opposite those of us in the ‘North’. Borrowing a tagline from a popular television series, “Winter is coming,” to Australia, for real.
Our first day was spent walking around Darling Harbour in Sydney. We went through the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, ate at McDonald’s, and celebrated my younger brother’s birthday at a Japanese restaurant a few blocks from our hotel.