Welcome to the OPERA!!!!
26 hours, 4 G&T’s and 5 seasons of Brooklyn 99 later and we’ve made down under! Crazy to think right now I’am on the other side of the world to my friends and family, this is my first time being outside of Europe and the furthest I have ever (and possibily will travel) away from home. So join me and my blog as its about to get all things Aussie on here! G’day!
I’ve never had an issue with flying as I can sleep anywhere though any sounds, that being said I have never been on a flight longer than 4 hours so it was defiantly a new experience for me. I started this ‘experience’ in Heathrow London where I waved my family goodbye whilst having the cheesiest grin on my face as it was finally happening I WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO AUSTRALIA!! It didn’t feel real until that moment. 7 hours later and I landed in Doha, what the heck is Doha? I had the same reaction! Doha is the capital of Quatar, from the airport I could see a couple of tall buildings and that was pretty much it, thrilling stuff! Anyways on to the ‘fun’ part, I now had a 14 hour flight to board. The only thing that kept me sane through that flight was the fact that Sydney was on the other end, oh and gin of course :)
Arriving in Sydney was amazing! I had been dreaming of being here and planning it for so long that is felt so good to smell the Aussie air and feel the Sydney sun on my face, although I then quickly got my sunscreen out, no one wants to get burnt on the first day! After making my way through customs I headed to the trains, my hostel was in central Sydney so it was pretty easy to find. I arrived in Sydney very early in the morning, and as much as I wanted to pass out on my bed I knew I had to get through this first day! I’ve never had jet lag before but I know the first day is usually the hardest, with this in mind I dropped on my bags, had a quick shower, and went on a mission to keep myself busy until the night. Let’s be real what better city to ‘keep me busy’ than Sydney, so I started off how every young teen does trying to stay awake, COFFEE!! Once I got my caffeine fix I started exploring.
Like I mentioned my hostel was central Sydney, meaning I wasn’t too far away from any of the main tourist attractions, including the famous Sydney Harbour bridge & Sydney Opera house. Now believe it or not I actually found these attractions on accident, one minute I’m just walking down a high street selling cute clothes and lots of sushi, the next I look up and right in front off me in the Sydney Harbour bridge, naturally I start to walk closer to the bridge and then the Sydney Opera house comes into my focus, just like that I stumbled across two of the most famous Australian attractions, it was very cool! However my jet lag started to kick in as my eyes we’re struggling to keep open, what better place to take a break than on the bank of the Sydney Harbour. I honestly felt so much happiness in the moment lying of the grass using my backpack as a pillow, listening to the sound of the boats approaching the harbour and knowing that when I open my eyes the view of a beautiful Sydney skyline will be waiting. This adventure is truly so eye opening to me already, I’m realising a new sense of purpose and finally feeling back to my old self (which is a VERY good thing). There’s something truly relaxing and calming about the Australian air, everyone seems happy going about their day, no one is rushing, people actually make eye contact and smile at each-other, its very refreshing! So I recommend us all to take a leaf out of the Aussie’s book; hug a koala, throw that boomerang, put another shrimp on the barbie and choose living over everything!
Thank you for reading my day one of Sydney! As you can tell I’am very excited to be here and explore more of the city. All photo’s you see are my own using a Canon 1300D camera, I have many more Australian related posts lined up so make sure your following me on twitter @IzzyDirscoll to see when I next post! And remember to never stop exploring!