Ciarán & Elaine's Travelog

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sydney, the first of many...

So we've been settling into life in Sydney, getting used to being in a city again and enjoying the fact that we're not living out of a backpack....

The apartment's great, feels like home already and it's so great to have a wardrobe and mirrors! and our own bathroom! We're really loving it.

The nightlife in Sydney is brilliant with somewhere different to go every night if we fancy it.

We went to see Pearl Jam two weeks ago. The gig was amazing, it was so fantastic to actually see them play live after listening to their music for years & years... It was so good that we decided to go again this Saturday. So on Saturday afternoon we headed out to the Olympic Park where they were playing. We sat in the sun, had a lovely picnic then headed into the gig. Second time round was even better than the first while they played an entirely different set list we got to hear all the old classics and more from the new album - woohoo!

Apart from nights out in Kingscross, Coogee & town we've been exploring the rest of the city. We've done the Coogee to Bondi walk which was really good. At the moment they've got a 'Sculptures by the Sea' exhibition with sculptures lining the track all along the cliff tops. We've also taken the ferry out to Watson's Bay and taken a hundred photo's of the Opera House & Harbour Bridge! We've been to the Kirribilli, the Rocks & Paddy's markets - trying not to spend all of our savings though!

Sarah & Owen were in Sydney last week (their last week in Oz), it was great to see them and a great excuse to go out to Darling Harbour and meet up in Chinatown for dinner with all the gang. Darling Harbour is lovely, it really reminds us of the Viaduct where we were living in Auckland. Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the harbour just watching the boats coming and going, very chilled....

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bondi Brats!

We're not really sure how we were this lucky but we managed to find the most fantastic place to live. It's a 3 bed apartment with a huge living area and views of the harbour bridge & opera house. It's also got 2 swimming pools, gyms, jacuzzi's sauna's & tennis courts, a bbq area, snooker room & racquet ball court (I'm not even sure what racquet ball is, but we've got a court to play on if we ever figure it out!). Needless to say we love it!

We've moved in with 3 girls that we met in the hostel. Two sisters, Kelley & Susan from Castleknock and their friend Sam from Cork. They're gas craic, always up for a laugh. They've already named us the Bondi Brats (they wanted to call us the bondi babes first, but Ciaran put his foot down at that one) so we're doing our best to live up to the title, kicking off with a hallowe'en party which involved myself and Sam dressing up as mummy's (the old dead mummy's, not the 'yummy mummy' variety!). Well when I say 'dressing up' I mean wrapping ourselves in toilet paper... anyway, it's definitely one of those 'you had to be there' moments but we all had a great laugh...
Fingers crossed Ciaran can cope with living with 4 women!