my mom and I on the boat cruising around Sydney
SYDNEY! Most people associate the Sydney Opera House with Australia, much like the Statue of Liberty in the U.S. so when I was about to head to AU I had numerous people telling me (regardless if they had been here or not) to go to the Sydney Opera House. I was lucky enough to stay only one night, in a very, extremely scary hostile (like one you would see in movies with cockroaches and everything, it was so ekky!) and enjoy the night life with a few of my friends and the rest of the weekend with my mom and brother. My mom and brother flew into the Sydney Airport on Friday morning and I met them at their hotel and was able to avoid the bullet of staying at the scary hostile another night like my friends did (they did not even have free pancakes like advertised, I think that was the most disappointing). After we rested for a while we headed down to Patty’s Markets. Beforehand we had to walk through China Town which is much like New York’s China Town but a little smaller. My friend asked me to find them these candies called White Rabbits and I was determined to find them. So, I went into around 6 different shops asking for these candies and none, I mean none of these people spoke much English. Every time I would ask them they would reply, ‘No, no we no have no rabbits, only kangaroos and koalas’. Which I assume they meant the stuffed animals but I never stuck around to ask. Eventually I gave up and accepted defeat and went shopping at the markets for clothes and jewelry instead, it was cheap too.
But that first night we were in Sydney we got to experience the real Aussie treatment by going to see Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a dramatic play, in the Sydney Opera House. Not only did we get to watch it but we were in the FRONT row! I mean close enough to watch them sweat! It was AMAZING. My mom and brother were a tad jet lagged and dozed off a little, I mean I have read the book 3 times and still can hardly understand Shakespearian language, but I was wide awake and thoroughly enjoyed the show.
My brother and I waiting for the train to see Macbeth
After a good night’s rest we headed to the docks for a cruise around Sydney. Our first stop was a place called Watson’s Bay. It did not seem all that interesting at first, then we went into this little restaurant for some food and ordered a muffin. I have to say it was the most delicious muffin I have EVER tasted! If anyone ever goes to Watson’s Bay go to this little cafe before you get to the sight seeing area, I’d tell you the name but I googled it and I cannot find it. This muffin was HUGE and it had pieces of pear and cinnamon in it, oh man, SO yummy. I could quite possibly live off those every morning it was that good. Not only was Watson’s Bay good for food but it also had amazing views.
The view from Watson's Bay
Once we headed back on the boat, we headed to Darling Harbor. This is where the real fun began because we had a little bit of a culture shock. The day we were visiting was actually Buddha’s birthday. Because of this, there was a large festival in his honor with real Monk’s and a lot of different kinds of foods to try. My brother really like Asian food so he tried something which I can only describe as chicken on a stick with peanut buttery tasting sauce. It doesn’t sound that good but it definitely was.
Another interesting thing we found at Darling Harbor was a street performer that my brother wanted to stop and watch for. It was a pretty woman dressed in athletic gear and was stretching. Sounds boring right? Well it was until she started moving her leg behind her head, she was a contortionist and she needed a helper from the audience. That was when my brother got called on to be a helper, which I thought was funny because he was the one who wanted to stop and of course she would pick him he was the biggest guy in the crowd. She first made him pick her up while both her legs were behind her head, it was pretty funny to watch. Then, she told him to lay down and put his hands on her shoulders, this was her next trick…
My brother and the contortionist
For her final act she asked my brother to hold a latter for her, this was what we watched from afar…
she got in that little box
Overall, it was a pretty amazing show and a pretty amazing day. For my brother that was probably his favorite part of Sydney, mine is in my next blog: The Sydney Harbor Bridge.