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The last 2.5 minutes of the Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. Absolutely unreal. This will definitely rank as one of my top New Year’s Eves ever. You can hear our friend Richard, whose boat we were on, laughing in the background. He was just as blown away as we were I think.

I’ve never seen so many fireworks in my life. Sorry, Halifax, but you got nothing on Sydney. The whole night was a wonderful time, as we pulled into the harbour sometime around 6pm, feasted on pita, dip, olives, prawns, smoked oysters and drank Gin n Tonics, champagne and red wine.

I normally get sea-sick so Tim, Richard’s brother (who you saw earlier in the previous video), was nice enough to construct motion-sickness bracelets for both wrists for me. I think they helped because by the time night fell, I was feeling much better. It was a lovely evening. The wind was low, it was somewhat warm, we saw a fantastic sunset happen right behind the Opera House and then we got to top it off with the best fireworks I’ve ever seen.

2009 has been good to me already!

Here are some pictures from the night:

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Just some quick housekeeping notes:

  • I would like to send a very special shoutout to my Aunt Jean who sent a sweet Christmas card to our doorstep. Kelly would like to say “thank you!” for also addressing it to her. She felt honoured. Thanks, Jean! You da best.
  • And a special thanks to Grandma Ruth as well… I’m not sure if she’ll ever see this or not but I’m relying on extended family members *cough*Jean*cough* to show her that here I am! Saying THANK YOU! for the Christmas card as well and the present. I haven’t quite yet decided what to do with it, but I’m sure I’ll find something in Melbourne. I’ll be sure to send a picture your way.
  • To my lovely brother, Nathan: I am not bringing you back rocks from NZ. I’m worried enough as is about my weight restrictions because I have too many clothes, haha. I will promise to bring back memories. And maybe some pictures of LOTR-esque scenery.
  • Kelly may or may not make a special appearance on this blog to talk about the tattoo she got a couple days ago. She’s been very excited, and perhaps she is excited enough to actually blog? Wonders may never cease.
  • I have toyed with the idea of a tattoo commemorating the Australia trip but. I’m just not really a tattoo person. So rest easy, parents. My body has not yet been marked. And doubtful it will ever be. I live vicariously through others.
  • There have been a couple of exciting purchases in the last few days, namely theatre tickets! Hurrah! I’m going to be all cultural… ‘n stuffs. Kelly and I have bought tickets to see Wicked in Melbourne on Boxing Day. Very exciting; I’ve read the book and enjoyed it. And yes, I am aware the play is only loosely based on the book but still! It’s kind of like Broadway, right?
  • Kelly, Rachelle and I have also purchased tickets to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: All 37 plays in 97 minutes at the Syndey Opera House in January. I’ve been told by several people it is absolutely hilarious so I am also very much looking forward to that! A cultural education, I haz it.
  • Finally, I leave you with some awe-inpiring photos of what I will be doing this New Year’s Eve, which is namely: Kelly, Rachelle and I have managed to secure ourselves a spot on a friend’s boat so we are going to watch the world renown Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Sydney Harbour. I really wanted to write the second part of that sentence in caps BECAUSE I AM JUST SO EXCITED but it was a lot of words. BUT I AM EXCITED, OK!? πŸ˜€

To everyone reading, I leave in a couple days for my Outback trip and may not be able to update until afterwards. So have a safe and happy holidays and I hope all my northern hemisphere friends are enjoying the snow and cold… or maybe not! πŸ˜‰


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The tour guide is explaining about how they constructed the “sails” using concrete ribs.

Well, I finally did the Sydney Opera House tour today. I bought the tickets online for $27.50 and saved myself some percentage. However, I misjudged how long it would take me to get from my house to the Opera House and ended up running from Circular Quay to the Opera House in 33 degree heat. Arriving a sweaty mess, I got lost figuring how to get inside. Definitely missed the tour but I managed to change my ticket for an 11.30am tour so all was well.

It was a good tour – our guide was a little less engaging than I would have liked but he was a good speaker and kept us moving along quickly with little delay. I expected to see a little more, I guess, but I did enjoy what I saw. We got to sit in one of the smaller venues (of which there are three), and sit in both of the bigger venues. The first big room we went into where the symphony plays was breathtaking.

They have some kind of electrical organ (I’m sorry, I forget the actual name of it) that was massive at the end of the room. It took the entire length and width of one side of the room. Our tour guide explained that it was the biggest in the world and had taken the creator TEN YEARS to make it. And that we only saw 150 (or some small number) of the pipes in the front but that in behind the wall there were 10,000 more pipes that stretched back 80 meters and was 3 stories high. He said that once the creator finished making the organ, it took him 2 years to tune it. That was definitely impressive.

We also learned about the making of the Opera House and how the final design picked was initially rejected. Learned all about the rocky relationship JΓΈrn Utzon, the architect of the Opera House, had with Sydney and how he had never saw his final design in person. That was very interesting to me. The plan was initially supposed to take 3 years to complete and cost $7 million but ended up taking 13 years and $105 million.

Anyway, it was a good tour and I would recommend it. And now, some pictures!

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Posted by: Emma
In the Hostel

In the Hostel

So we have an apartment! In Glebe, which is very exciting. We’ll be living with 3 people from France and it should be good times. The price was right ($200/week) and it’s a 4 bedroom with a living room, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a study. So there should be plenty of space. 2 of the Frenchies are in a relationship so they’ll be sharing one room. We’re hopeful it’ll work out; they seem very nice.

We’ve been planning to go to the beach for the last couple days but the weather just hasn’t co-operated. So yesterday was spent reading, watching downloaded TV shows and curling up in our hostel beds. We found the library yesterday morning in an attempt to get some free wifi and while it worked, it was s-l-o-o-o-o-w so I’m resigning myself to paying for better speed hostel wireless.

We’re tired of hanging around the hostel though so today we’re going to take a walk to Glebe to see our future neighbourhood. Kelly loves it there but I haven’t seen it before so I’m looking forward to seeing what is it like. Apparently it is a little like Halifax. I will take pictures for everyone.

Finally got Skype so everyone can add me if they’re like to chat. I’m Emma_Justine. I talked to Eric for a little bit today and it was good to see his face and see kitty. Definitely being hit with pangs of heartache at missing out on events in Toronto but this is what I signed up for.

Still attempting to upload some pictures to Flickr but it’s taking too long. I think I’ll just steal them off Facebook and use lower quality.

This was the plane we flew on from LA to Fiji and Fiji to Sydney. Ive never been on a double-decker plane!

This was the plane we flew on from LA to Fiji and Fiji to Sydney. I've never been on a double-decker plane!

Me, outside the Sydney Opera House!

Me, outside the Sydney Opera House!

Better picture of the Sydney Opera House from the ferry to Manly Beach

Better picture of the Sydney Opera House from the ferry to Manly Beach.

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Relaxing on Manly Beach. Ahhhh πŸ™‚

I shocked myself at the hostel. Stupid converters.

I shocked myself at the hostel. Stupid converters.

I'm indignant at their choice of colours for Salt & Vinegar chips. It should ALWAYS be blue and/or green in colour!

I'm indignant at their choice of colours for Salt & Vinegar chips. It should ALWAYS be blue and/or green in colour!

So that’s our first few days in a nutshell!

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