If the years of unplanned holidays has taught us anything, it is that we are always ready to leave at a moment’s notice. However, travelling by car to the nearest holiday destination is one thing but travelling out of the country to provide solace to a close relative is entirely different. And we realized that soon enough. The trip was anything but a holiday but we were together and we were not working. To most ppl, that is a holiday! Anyway, not being a typical holiday, we did not do our usual big-time touristy stuff. However, when I noticed the Arien get all cranky after a week, I suggested a short trip to the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens.
We took the train as we were quite comfortable travelling in it. We had figured out the routes and found that it was a lot cheaper than hiring a taxi. The first thing we noticed when we stepped off the station was Hungry Jacks. Its a burger place that serves veggie burgers as well. When we first visited the place, I thought I had to order only the finger chips or french fries. It was a delight to know that they served veggie burgers as well. So after a quick lunch of burgers, we realized we were not in a mood to do anything but walk and laze the afternoon away. As we started walking towards the opera house, we saw the Australian aborigines. They had an entertainement routine and were inviting tourists to sit next to them and were open to being photographed. We spent some time staring as were most of the ppl and then moved on.
It was a warm, sunny day and we were quite surprised at the number of cafes that served food outside. I was quite suprised at the prices they were quoting – hardly cheap! I also walked into a souvenier shop to buy smthng but it was quite expensive. Jes as we stepped out of the shop, we saw this cute pigeon or dove that was walking near the sidewalk, having a go at all the crumbs that had fallen from folks who were eating. It had such a proud air that the Arien stopped to take a picture. The Arien informed me later that it was a seagull and not really a pigeon. Somehow I had pictured seagulls as big birds and so I refused to believe him until I googled it later in the room. Well, he was right and wrong. It was a type of seagull known as the silvergull.
The sydney harbour bridge looked lovely and the Arien took several shots before he got the shot that I am using as the banner. Because we were at a distance, we always ended up getting a part of the gigantic ship that was moored near the bridge whenever we tried to take a picture of the bridge. From the snap, you may not notice that there people who are atop the bridge.
That is one of key entertainments at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its supposed to be a 3 hour slow climb that most folks can attempt but from the reviews, most folks consider it expensive. I would have loved to do it but we were not doing it this time. So, I did the next best thing. Took a picture of the folks who were going to climb the bridge. Iassume that they were going to climb the bridge. It was probably some dress code 😦
Anyway, we kept on walking. Australians are a friendly bunch. As the Arien took pics, an old couple asked us to stand together while the husband offered to take a picture of us. I think we were zapped. I recovered first and said Thank you. Our first snap together in Australia. Yeah!! That was so sweet! Australians perform these random acts of kindness all the time. When we first reached Australia, I was lugging 2 huge suitcases and a small one while the Arien was paying the taxi fare. Along comes a guy and hefts the suitcases – all of them – into the lift and asks me if I needed anything else. My mouth was open – ready to scream for help and I had difficulty saying “Thank you” but I managed it. The guy left with a smile. It was ob. to me that it was not a big deal for him. He saw that I needed help and he helped. I was left with a very pleasant feeling about Australians and once again after the photo, I was left with the pleasant feeling re-inforced.
Moving on, at the far distance, we could make out the Luna Amusement park. You can just see the clown’s face and teeth at this distance. The Arien was not in a mood for the amusement park rides and neither was I. We were happy to take a snap of the place and moved on towards the opera house. I know it sounds like the Opera house is a zillion miles from the station but it is not. You get so distracted by all that you see that it takes forever to reach the Opera House. So, blame it on the distractions 🙂
We were finally a lot closer to the opera house. Almost everyone who is going there is a tourist and so you will end up with a snap of the place and a tourist posing in another corner — it was a challenge to take a decent shot. The Arien did his best. In some pics, the tourists add life to the place as this one did. The place was crowded but not disorderly. We also visited the Botanical Gardens. More on that in another post.