May 10, 2016 - Tuesday
Today's agenda: Travel to Sydney
The alarm went off which made me growl. I went to turn off my alarm and I quickly felt the soreness of my body. I work out at the gym but nothing is compared to exercising outdoors. The hiking from yesterday's adventures really had all my muscles hurting this morning.
I got up very slowly. Made haste to put myself together which a good hot shower to wake up and cups of coffee to follow.
Packed up the last of items in my suitcases. (P.S. It helps to pack the night before so that you are not in a rush and can afford to spend extra time in bed.)
Then my brother and I headed out to check out of the hotel.
Valet dudes had our rental car ready to go and we headed to pick up one of my brothers co-workers.
We made a quick stop at my brothers company to say our good-byes. Robyn a co-worker of my brothers who had taken us under her wing and shown us all of New Zealand's wonders was gracious enough to send us off with some tasty treats from New Zealand. The candies that were given to us were traditional New Zealand chocolate covered pineapples. They were pretty darn good I must admit.
And we are off to the airport to drop off the rental car.
I headed to go check my bags so that we could grab some breakfast before boarding our flight.
I had a little trouble with checking my bags because of a slight confusion. I had booked my flight through New Zealand Air but that was not the airline I was flying with. I was actually on United Airlines. New Zealand Airline flights would have been coded NZ7 but mine was NZ719. Something about the codes which throws a red flag and they know which airline to direct you to board.
Finally got my bags checked in with a total weight of 47 pounds. Underweight by 3 pounds so I did not have to pay any additional fees.
I found it funny that upon checking our flight status the words "Relax" is all that was next to them. So much different than the U.S.A as we are always in such a rush. Here on the other side of the globe they are so calm about everything.
Place we stopped at to have breakfast.
I thought that these light fixtures were really awesome. They reminded me of Tim Burton.
Breakfast is served.
Tracking on the status of my flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia.
I have arrived down under! This is the view from my balcony at the hotel.
View of Coogee Beach from my hotel balcony.
The stomach was starting to speak so for dinner we headed down to Bondi Beach for some fresh seafood at North Bondi Fish. It was a pretty fancy place that was right across Bondi Beach. The food was very good and so was the service. The locals picked up on my Texas accent really quick as I was talking to some folks during a smoke break outside. I think the black Texas hat could have also given them a hint of where I was visiting from. Of course they asked me if everyone in Texas has a gun. I told them that not everyone does but a lot of us do own guns. They found that very strange. They were nice nonetheless. It is always the little difference other countries wanna know about.
Char grilled baby octopus $28
Charcoal roasted king prawns $38
Standing in front of the Sydney Opera House. What a sight!
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge behind me.
Downtown Sydney Australia