Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sydney Day 1

While in Sydney, we stayed in the Wake Up! Hostel.  It rained the whole time, but at least it was a warm rain and wasn't too cold.
During the 3 nights we were there, we had roommates and met people from Wales, Canada, Germany, England, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.  Hostels are incredible!  Most of the people there were just traveling around for a year to where ever they wanted!  I think that the USA needs to make this a more normal thing to do after high school.
Day One in Sydney: 

-Lunch at a French Boulangerie where I had a ham, cheese, and pineapple crepe. 

-We stopped at a grocery store and bought food for breakfast in the morning. I bought some yogurt, but I did see rows of strawberries that were deep red, small, and smelled delicious!
 These were the way strawberries are supposed to look like, not white and flavorless.  When I checked out, unlike in the states, the lady didn't give me an unnecessary bag for my yogurt!  What a wonderful continent Australia is!
-We walked around the city some more and came across a beautiful church.  Sydney's layout is very interesting in that it has tons of little shops with old architecture on the outside and such and then right on top of them are huge modern skyscrapers!  It's a very compact city.
-We headed back to our hostel, checked our e-mail, played cards in the lobby, and then headed to the bar in the basement of the hostel.  Although I didn't buy a drink, I tried a bit of Hannah's sparkling white house wine and almost gaged.  It's amusing to hear how many songs from the states are played overseas!  
I've tried to put some photos in this blog, but it's not working for some reason.  Keep your eye out for future visuals!


  1. Rachel!!! I am so glad that I have talked to you! This sounds like you are already having a good time. British pubs play American songs all the time! Most of the time I just want traditional music but they really like American music (most of the time it is bad American music too). That is funny about the wine too! They have wine for us at special dinners and I can't drink it. Taste like rubbing alcohol to me. I did have some one weekend that I could actually drink without gagging. I think it takes time. Next time you should try something fruity...I think that stuff is good. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!