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Day 01 – Sydney

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Dave!Better living through chemistry, I always say.

In theory, adjusting to the 17-hour time change in Sydney is a piece of cake. That's such a huge amount of time that you can quite nicely compress a full day into it, which means your internal clock doesn't need much of an adjustment. Just force yourself to stay awake a bit longer than you normally would, get a full night's sleep in the middle of your flight, then arrive in Sydney the next morning as if nothing happened.

I took a fist-full of sleeping pills just to be sure.

And ended up getting five hours of quality sleep, which is two more than I normally get. So not only did I land in Australia fully acclimated to the time change... I also felt better than I have in months.

For the past week I have been checking the weather forecast in Sydney. As the day of my trip got closer and closer, the weather outlook got worse and worse, ending with overcast skies and rain for the entirety of my stay. So imagine my surprise when I land to beautiful blue skies and an abundance of sunshine. So instead of spending my first day relaxing, I met up with my long-time blogger-friend Kazza and headed out into the city.

First stop was Sydney Tower for panorama views of the city...

Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower View

Then it was off to the Opera House (of course)...

Sydney Opera House

Opera House Steps

From all the photos I had ever seen, I had thought that the Opera House was smooth concrete painted white. It's not! It's tiled. Beautifully tiled...

Opera House Tiles

Opera House Harbourside

Opera House

Next it was off to walk across the world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge...

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge Walk

You can climb up one of the pylons for terrific views of the harbor...

Harbour Bridge View

Harbour Bridge View

Amazingly, you can pay big money to climb up and over the bridge like these guys...

Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge Climbers

Across the harbor and under the bridge is Luna Park, made famous by its scary clown-face entrance...

Luna Park Entrance

Luna Park Carousel

We wanted to kill time until dark for some night photography, so we ate dinner at a really good tapas restaurant...


And then back to the harbor at night...

Sydney Harbour Night View Opera House

Sydney Harbour Night View Bridge

Sydney Harbour Night Luna Park

By the end of the day, the clouds and rolled in and the weather turned cold and incredibly windy, so I was grateful that I had at least one perfect day in Sydney.

I'm sure tomorrow will be perfect too... but with less nice weather.

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  1. kapgar says:

    Katie is requesting that you steal her a koala. Cool?

  2. martymankins says:

    Incredible photos. I’m going to love your posts from Australia. And yet another place you have now been that I would love to visit someday.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    I really, really love when you go on vacation and share your gorgeous photos!!!

  4. Yeah! You made it. No flight glitches or anything. Seeing Kazza. And great weather 🙂

    Have a great vacation!

  5. val says:

    the park by the opera house has huge I mean HUGE bats they park guys called them flying squirrel…I thought they were christmas decorations until they took flight….really cool!!!! enjoy….the zoo is really cool too

  6. Sarkawt says:

    God, I missed your travel journal a lot. Also, I am glad to see you enjoy your vacation, my friend. You photos are incredible, by the way!

  7. Wowwww… looks so great. I really want to go there one day. Awesome photos!

  8. Amazing shots. Really, nicely done. Can’t wait for Day 02.

  9. Iron Fist says:

    17 hours? Your poop cycle is going to be so out of whack.

  10. Lisa says:

    You photos are fabulous, as always! Am I crazy or are those guys on the bridge in some kind of super-hero costume? Looks like matching silver leotards and blue capes! Which really, how awesome is that? As long as no one tries to fly.

    • Dave2 says:

      I’m pretty sure they’re just jumpsuits. They don’t want people to have anything be blown off their person, so they just seal them in a jumpsuit and send them on their way!

  11. the muskrat says:

    Isn’t it awesome that you have blogging friends as far away as Australia? Glad you had good weather this day.

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