After the business visits in Sydney were over, Professor Ormsbee took us all out for an steak dinner which was delicious.
Afterwards, Professor Ormsbee took a group of us on a tour around the city and showed us many hidden parts of Sydney that I never would have known existed.
The next morning we woke up bright and early and headed to the train station to catch the 9 AM train to Katoomba to see some views of the Blue Mountains. After a two hour ride out side of the city, we arrived in a cute little town on the edge of the expansive Blue Mountains. Sadly, when we got there, the weather was overcast with some on-and-off rain and it was difficult to see much of anything beyond the clouds.
However, to our surprise, as we hiked down to the Honeymoon Bridge, a metal bridge that connects the Three Sisters, we found a significant break in the clouds and we’re able to see a pretty spectator view that made it all worth it.
Before leaving Katoomba, we stopped into a little coffee shop that was highly recommend by Professor Mackinnon for their hot chocolate. True to his word, the hot chocolate was spectacular and warmed us right up for our trip back to the city. All in all, I’m really happy I ended up going to the blue mountains. Despite the weather, it was cool to see what Australia is like outside of the city and the many unique things this country has to offer.
For our last day in Sydney we decided to take it easy and sleep in a bit, which was well deserved. Then, around 1030AM we decided to venture out for some coffee and breakfast food. After some significant Google searching, we found a breakfast food place called Two Good Eggs, which served exactly that. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Afterwards we walked around the nearby park for a bit and then headed to Paddy’s Market to get some Aussie souvenirs.
Later a small group of us headed to the Opera house to enjoy the sun that was just beginning to surface from behind the clouds. Although it was a quite day, we ended it right with some delicious burgers from the Pontoon Bar and then headed towards The Rocks to walk around Old Sydney.
My only regret of Sydney was that I didn’t spend more time exploring the Rocks. I fell in love with the old buildings and quaint side streets and wished I had more time to explore the many shops and restaurants within it.
Afterwards we headed back to hotel to pack and get ready for our long journey back tomorrow.
Looking back on these past two weeks I am so grateful to have to opportunity to travel to two amazing cities. This trip has been an unforgettable experience!