Posted by: M.J. Bolstad | October 26, 2014

Adventures on the Other Side of the World #12

Sunrise on the beach in Mallacoota.

Sunrise on the beach in Mallacoota.

So I do not know how it is possible to have done as little as I have today and to still manage to feel this exhausted.  And yet, here I am, ready to fall asleep in my bed in Sydney, blog post barely begun.  We started the day at sunrise, or rather before sunrise, in Mallacoota, so that probably has something to do with it. Combined with too much coffee and tea during the day and so an interrupted sleep, it almost makes sense (until you count the naps I took in the car).

Alexander and I did get up for sunrise on the beach. The sun’s position wasn’t too great (more behind us than anticipated), so I’m not sure he got the photographs he wanted, but he’ll just have to come back.  Then it was back to the hotel to shower and pack up for the day. Even by the time we were done that, nothing was open in Mallacoota, and since hotels here do instant coffee, which is not real coffee at all, we drove to a little town called Eden, about an hour away toward our final destination, and found a cafe there to have breakfast and get caffeinated. We also bought a few things at a Coles Grocery store for the road, and by a few things I mean a ton of things that are not at all healthy for our road trip.

A view of both the Harbour Bridge, flag proudly flying, and the Sydney Opera House.

A view of both the Harbour Bridge, flag proudly flying, and the Sydney Opera House.

The second half of our trip was a bit shorter than yesterday’s journey, but the weather started raining and cold. After a while of road trip sing along and wildlife spotting (I think I saw a wild wallaby!), I decided to use the cold weather as an excuse to lay back and nap.  Of course, when we stopped at a gas station for a bio break and a bit of ethanol, it was hot and sunny out, so I used that as an excuse to lay back and nap as well.  I think I drifted out for most of the trip to Sydney.  We had hoped to go through a National Park, but the road was closed for maintenance.

Once we arrived in Sydney, Alexander found the Glenferrie, the hotel we are staying in, in the suburb of Kirrabilli.  The room is a little larger than the stateroom of a cruise ship, but without the bathroom, as those are down the hall and shared. They seem nice and clean and still private, so that is good.  Alexander had ordered a bottle of chilled sparkling to be waiting for us when we arrived, but unfortunately they were out so they’d subbed with red, which he can’t drink, so we just returned the bottle.  The room was also very, very hot, but the clerk did manage to find the remote for our air conditioner, so it is not going to be an uncomfortably hot night for us, thankfully!

The Sydney Opera House at night.

The Sydney Opera House at night.

We checked out the harbour front for a bit, so I could get a view of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, two of the most famous Sydney sights.  Then we found a little Italian place for a glass of chilled sparkling wine and bruschetta, and lots and lots of water. The heat is definitely here in Sydney! After dinner, we went down to the harbour front again, so Alexander could photograph the Opera House at sunset.  The clouds were rolling in and it was quite windy, so it didn’t make for the best of shots (or the warmest of hours while waiting for the sun to do its thing) but it was still fine to do.  Once Alexander had his shots, we headed back to the hotel to recharge our batteries for a bit (both literally and figuratively, as Alexander’s phone was about to die) then had dinner at a place called Thai fusion.  It had the best Pad Thai I’d ever eaten. Not that I eat a lot of it, but it was really, really good.

After dinner, I caught a little of the harbour front at night, and also used one of those fancy self-sanitizing toilets.  Basically, everything is wet because it hoses itself down, but at least you don’t feel like you will catch diseases. Tomorrow, Alexander is going out to catch the sunrise again.  I figure the sun can get up without my help, and I’ll just stay in bed so I have plenty of energy for a day of beaches and ferries and who knows what other wonderful things. Until tomorrow!

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