However, Sydney was so fantastic that I quickly got over it.
I experienced my first true "hostel" experience, as the one that I stayed in was one step up from the streets, with a broken elevator (my room was on the 11th floor), ants in the sink and worse shower pressure than at Charina Rd. This really didn't matter, as I probably spent about 8 hours a day there, which were all while I was sleeping.
Day 1, Thursday we arrived late and got ready quickly before heading to Ivy, a club with three floors and a rooftop pool. I danced my face off and managed to avoid the pool, though my friend did unfortunately slip off of the step she was standing on and fall in. Highlight of the night was probably seeing a girl from Skidmore walking down the street at night. Such a small world and it gets even smaller.
When I finally got to the Harbor area on Friday, I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I got goosebumps when I saw the opera house! It's a really neat place with musicians playing along the street. There was even a token aboriginal man wearing body paint playing a digerido with a techno beat in the background. I sat in a botanical garden with an incredible view of the beach, then my friends and I got drinks at the Opera House Bar, where we sat right on the harbor taking in how amazing it was.
It sounds weird but being there is what really made me feel like I was in Australia. I found myself thinking about how lucky I am to have this opportunity to study abroad in such as wonderful place.
Thanks mom and dad!
I went to an AFL game on Friday night at Sydney Olympic stadium.
The AFL atmosphere was really cool and the fans got super excited but I found the game almost boring. It's really fast paced which is fun to watch but there is little action. Even still, I really enjoyed it.
The olympic park was awesome too.
My friends and I got tricked into thinking that we were actually going to the real Sydney Zoo, but we ended up only getting tickets to a small walkthrough wildlife park. It was pretty standard except for a cool looking koala who was passed out in a tree.
For our last night out, my friends and I went back to the Opera House Bar and had dinner by the Harbor. Seeing the opera house lit up and the bridge across the harbor was amazing. We sat on the steps and even walked up to touch the opera house.
We then went to Kings Cross, a different part of the city, and found a cool club with a zebra striped piano on the dancefloor. I lost my voice from screaming to Wake Me Up by Avicii, which has become a token song of Australia, since they play it literally everywhere.
I also realized how lucky I am to have such awesome friends here too, as we spent our time on the dancefloor in a circle just dancing with each other.
For the last day we climbed one of the bridge pylons and looked out over the harbor. The view was indescribable. And an awesome way to end such a fantastic weekend. Even though I realized that I think I'm afraid of heights. I had huge butterflies the whole time I was climbing the stairs.
This week I turned in my first two assignments, officially signalling that I am halfway through my semester here. Definitely not ready to leave, but looking forward to going to Bali in a few weeks for spring break, then Melbourne and hopefully New Zealand.
Penthouse pool at Ivy
Some cool street art
The opera house was really heavy...
Taking a snooze in a tree
Sydney Olympic park. This is where the Olympic torch was held
Navigating the zebra striped piano
An awesome view of the bridge from the garden