Sydney seems quite different than New Zealand so far. I think Carol and I both agree that we like the energy of Sydney better than Auckland. This place seems to have the best of both worlds, the ocean and the city. People here seem nice and helpful and there is tons to do.
The first night we went to the harbor for dinner. We had some interesting food which included kangaroo and some strange animal tail. Carol is the brave one that ordered this. The restaurant was right along the water with views of a bridge. During dinner there was suddenly a fireworks show. It was like July 4,but better. The strange thing is that no one seemed to know what the occasion was. Regardless, we had a front row seat to the fireworks over the harbor. It was unforgettable.
Yesterday we spent the day at the famous Bondi Beach. The beach was packed with people. The strip was lined with all sorts of fun shops and restaurants. The city was full of life. It was nice to kick back and relax in the sand. Thank goodness I didn’t have a repeat of my awful experience in Newport Beach. I wish we had a little more time at the beach, but it was time to head back to the hotel to get ready for our night out in China Town.
The restaurant that was highly recommended was packed for a Sunday night. I was a little apprehensive. The restaurant had a lively display of all sorts of fish, abaloney, crab, lobstar, blowfish, etc. These were soon to be a tasty meal on someone’s plate. I just couldn’t handle thinking about it. Carol is more used to this since Seattle is crawling with authentic Chinese restaurants.
When we arrived at our table I scanned the room to check out the scene. I noticed a group of men at a table in the corner and one of them seemed to notice us as we walked in. I couldn’t stop looking at the guy because I knew I recognized him from somewhere. About halfway through dinner we figured out it was Harry Conick Jr! He was there having dinner with his band and entourage. There was a concert going on in the park, so he must be in town for that. Carol tried to send him a drink, but somehow the message got lost in translation with our waiter and he seemed to confuse a drink with note passing. Nothing ended up happening, but it was fun to be star struck just for a little while.
As we were enjoying our view and dinner, I noticed a single, middle aged man sitting behind our table downing wine. I also noticed that he seemed to be taking pictures of us with his phone. I thought it was a mistake at first, but as the night went on I knew I was wrong. We were both disgusted with the guy…I hate crazy old men that have asian fetishes. You would be surprised at how many of them there are out there and how many times they shamelessly approach young women like myself. It’s really sad. Anyway, today we are heading to the famous zoo and then off to the Opera-La Tosca. More to come later!
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