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Blog Post 11: 6/20/16

Recently I went on vacation for the first time by myself! I saw that Air New Zealand was running a cheap ticket to Australia special and couldn’t resist purchasing one. My round trip to Sydney only cost me $260. I arrived in Sydney around 10am on Monday morning and took the train to Circular Quay and met up with my friend Meaghan. She was the first person from home that I have seen since being abroad!  She has been studying abroad in Sydney, so she gave me some advice on the area and recommended activities. We then took a free walking tour around Sydney. It was great to learn about the history of Sydney and to see all of the places I would never have thought to visit. That evening Meaghan and I met up with Lauren, another Providence College student. We talked about the city and our experiences being abroad, but mostly touched upon what is happening back at school. After saying our goodbyes, we went our separate ways and I  headed to the hostel. I stayed at the Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway.

The next morning I took a bus out to Coogee and did the cliff walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. It was a really beautiful walk with a diverse landscape. At Bondi beach, I relaxed on my towel and watched the surfers.That evening I went to Vivid Sydney at Circular Quay to take pictures, and I went out to dinner at the Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks. I ordered the Coat of Arms pizza, which is half emu, half kangaroo!

I got up early on Wednesday and headed back to the rocks to check out a breakfast place that my friends told me I had to try. Pancakes on the Rocks is known for their dessert like pancakes so I ordered the ‘Devils Delight’, which was chocolate pancakes with cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries, and chocolate ice cream. Breakfast was amazing but I barely ate half of it, it was just so much food. I then took the train up to Featherdale Zoo. I got to pet a wombat, snuggle with a koala, and hang out with some little kangaroos! That evening, I took the train to my friend Aimee’s house. I met her in Queenstown (NZ) and she said I could stay with her if I was ever in Sydney, so when I decided I was going to OZ I reached out to her. After dropping off my stuff, the two of us went to a few bars in Sydney. Although there were many great clubs, I prefer the nightlife in Auckland. I felt very underdressed and hadn’t really been to a club since being home in the US so it seemed a bit foreign to me. The next morning I gathered up my stuff, hugged Aimee goodbye, and took the train back into Sydney. My flight was at 3:00, so I had time to check out the Art Gallery of New South Wales. I really enjoyed this gallery because it was diverse in the artwork that they featured.

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NZ Blog Post 12: 6/18/16

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