So my favorite part of Australia so far has been being an hour and a half away from one of the coolest cities in the world. (side note- when I typed “favorite” the computer has the dotted red line underneath it like it’s miss-spelled… the Australia computer wants me to spell it “favourite” lol)
So yeah Sydney is so awesome. I’ve been 5 times already. The train station right next to my dorm takes me to Sydney and back for only $8!! And the train ride is mostly along the beautiful coastline so it’s great.
The first time I went to Sydney I went with a group of 6 friends. We went exploring in the morning and in the afternoon we went to the Sydney Aquarium!! It was pretty cool. They had sooooo many sharks!! But other than that, I wasn’t too impressed with the aquarium unfortunately. I would recommend the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta over the Sydney one, surprisingly! But it was still a good outing.
The next time I went to Sydney, I went for a field trip for my Aboriginal Art class. We went to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Pretty cool art museum… and that’s coming from someone who really doesn’t enjoy art museums. But it was free so I guess that helps.
So here’s the good part of the blog post. The 3rd time I went to Sydney was the day right after my field trip day. It was a spontaneous adventure to Sydney in the hopes of seeing the Ellen DeGeneres show live in Sydney. So here’s a short version of the story:
Friday – in Sydney. chillin at the Opera House. find free wifi. on twitter. see Ellen’s recent post of her and Portia on a boat. right next to the Opera House. we were literally right where she was, just missed her by a few minutes!!! later… more twitter posts from Ellen saying there would be a show in Sydney tomorrow (saturday). we jokingly say “lol we should totally go to that!” little did we know we actualy would.
Friday night, 11 pm – me and my friends discuss… should we actually go to Sydney in the morning? Ellen’s twitter said the line for her show started at 6 am…. so should we YOLO it and actually get there at 6 am? yes. yes we should. So we decided to sleep for 2 hours. wake up at 3 am. to hop on the 3:30 am bus to Sydney.
Saturday morning, 3:30 am – well there we were at the train station getting on the 3:30 am train.
Saturday morning, 5:30 am – arrived in Sydney. walked to the Opera House, no one else around in the city. Got to the Sydney Harbour before the sunrise did.
Saturday morning, 7 am – after waiting in line at the Opera House for about an hour… we hear that we are waiting in the wrong place. how to fix this problem? sprint to the other side of the harbour where the real line was. So what do we and 200 of our Aussie friends do? Literally sprint for about 30 entire minutes around the Royal Botanic Gardens struggling to find the line for the Ellen show.
Saturday morning, 8 am – finally in line. we get pink wristbands. we get to leave the line to get breakfast.
Saturday morning, 9 – 12 – waiting in line to gain entry into the show, not really knowing for sure if we were actually going to get in. In the meantime, we got lots of free promotional stuff, so who doesn’t love that??
Saturday, 12 pm – GOT TICKETS TO THE SHOW. SAT DOWN AT THE THEATER. HAD AWESOME SEATS.
So yeah the show lasted from about 12-3. Ellen was there. Portia was there. Russell Crowe was there. It was a big party. Such a good time. One of the craziest coolest things I’ve ever done!!
Other cool things I’ve done in Sydney have been a tour of the Opera House, ate at the Hard Rock Cafe (still need to buy the shirt to make it official), a dinner cruise around the Sydney Harbour, and a visit to Manly Beach for a surfing competition where we saw Kelly Slater! Pretty cool.
Some things I want to do in Sydney before I leave:
- climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- go to the Taronga Zoo
- go to Luna Park
- eat a Bay Bug (cross between lobster/crab/shrimp… look it up! apparently it’s only found in Sydney Harbour!)
- buy lots of souvenirs!!!
This thursday I am going to Sydney to see Cirque de la Symphonie which is a production of Cirque du Soleil to the music from the Sydney Symphony! and it’s in the Opera House!! super exciting!!