My first step into the great Down Under was via a long multi-sector trip which started in Bangkok, landed in Syndey, operating a quick turnaround to Christchurch, New Zealand, and then back to Dubai, staying roughly 24 hours in each location. I was lucky enough to have gotten this trip over Christmas 2010- originally I was rostered a yucky turnaround Christmas evening, which would have prompted Christmas dinner to be a reheated flash-frozen airplane meal. Australia was one of those places I never imagined I would ever set foot in, and I think Sydney was a great place to start.
The first day we landed in Sydney, the crew and I wandered down to the harbor, just a short walk from our hotel. The weather was amazingly beautiful – it was somewhere in the 80’s; my first experience spending winter in the southern hemisphere. Lots of people about the harbor – but since we’d just landed later in the day, we sat down to a lovely meal with a harbor view, and then moseyed on over to catch a glimpse of the Sydney Opera House.
And on the way back, we explored a bit of the city scene:
After having completed our quick Christchurch turn and an amusing night out with the crew (we will withhold those pics for another time.. or possibly never), I ventured back out to explore more of Sydney’s beautiful charm on Christmas Eve. We purchased a ticket for a ferry ride across to Darling Harbor, which very much lived up to its namesake.
Darling Harbor was filled with tourists and locals alike; basking in the delightful pre-Christmas weather. We found a lovely Italian joint and sat down for lunch; I had a delicious pizza until a seagull made an unsuccessful attempt at stealing it while I was away at the toilet. There were also many festive harbor inhabitants decked out in flashy and (sometimes) barely there Christmas outfits, which we later discovered was fueled by a local bar’s costume (or lack thereof) contest.
Christmas day itself was actually spent laying in my hotel bed with room service watching “The Simpsons”. Maybe not the greatest Christmas day spent, but definitely much better than having to work a busy and exhausting turnaround. And on Christmas evening, we met Santa in the airport and headed back to Bangkok. Bangkok pictures soon to come!