Seeing as we didn’t have any business visits during our last two days in Australia, I was able to catch up on some much-needed sleep, even though that will be completely ruined by the jetlag I’ll experience in the upcoming days. During my days off- aside from sleeping- I was able to spend some quality time with myself, as well as with Floyd and some of my classmates.
On Thursday it was nice to not have to wake up to an alarm, especially after going to a couple of the secret bars the night before. After lying in bed for a few minutes (hours) I decided to go on my own adventure around the city. In hindsight, this sounds a bit unsafe, but also shows me how comfortable I am in Sydney.
I grabbed food at Lord of the Fries, went to Topshop, and then a few other stores in the Gallerie Mall. After this shopping spree, I’m sure my luggage will be way over 50 pounds, so I’m looking forward to paying the ‘overweight’ fee.
As I was leaving the shopping center, I stopped to watch a man who was performing outside. On top of playing the violin, he was pressing different pedals with his feet that made different sound effects and beats. I had chills the entire time. After all of the chaos these past two weeks, it was nice to spend time by myself and explore more of the city.
On Friday I also slept a fair amount, but realized I needed coffee in my system, so Kara, Lauren, and I all headed to Starbucks (basic, I know) to grab coffee. We then headed to a quaint little restaurant called Two Good Eggs Café and had a delicious brunch. I then went back to the hotel and took a nap, because apparently my body needed even more rest. I then headed towards the Sydney Opera House with Floyd, Kara, and Lauren, where we had a drink at the world famous Opera Bar – such an amazing view. The girls and I then went out to eat on Darling Harbour, and later went back out with Floyd to explore The Rocks, the oldest part of the city.
Upon returning back to the hotel, I had to pack all of my things in preparation for an early morning.
Overall, Sydney has been an amazing experience, and I’ll definitely have to come back again someday. The people are most often friendly, the food is delicious, and the views are exquisite. Many Australians I’ve met are willing to go out of their way to help you, and they’re willing to strike up a friendly conversation without being forced to. From what I’ve gathered, Aussies are very cheery, kind, and laid back, and I can’t wait to come back and visit again someday. Oh… and their coffee is okay too.