Greetings from Sydney

Friday, June 01, 2012

At the end of 2010, I was a little freaked out because I hadn't boarded a plane all year, after at least 19 or 20 years of getting on a plane at least once a year. Well, I think I made up for 2010 in the past week.

I flew out to Sydney from Taipei on Friday evening, arriving on Saturday morning. Then on Monday, I got on a domestic flight headed towards Gold Coast, and the following morning boarded another plane for Cairns, and last night I arrived back in Sydney.

Some observations of flying within Australia: security is so lax! Never once was I asked for identification, and boarding passes weren't looked at until lining up to enter the aircraft. That means anyone who really wants to take advantage of the departures area food courts and shops just needs to subject themselves to a x-ray screening. Wow!

Another thing I noticed: my friend and I very nearly missed our flight between Brisbane and Cairns because of rush hour traffic. She'd told me that we needed to be at the airport an hour before the flight, but  35 minutes prior to the flight, we were still on the highway. I'd long given up on the flight and was looking at alternatives while she tried her best to get us there in time, but guess what? We made it! We got there about 20 minutes before the flight was to leave and somehow was able to easily walk right onto the plane with no problem. Amazing!

Was this what U.S. (or maybe specifically New York City and some of the larger cities) airports were like before September 11th? I can't even remember. I'm a nervous traveler, so I like to be there with ample time to spare.

Anyway, onwards with the photos ...

The Vivid light show currently going on down at Circular Quay

Sydney Opera House with a projection on it

Sydney Harbour Bridge at night

The next morning, we headed out for the Blue Mountains. First, a sausage roll for breakfast:


The Three Sisters rock formation

Jamison Valley

Visitors

They say the clouds in Australia are really different ...

I love the lighting in this one ...

We took a Scenic Railway down to see the flora and fauna

Practically straight down, like a roller coaster


Late afternoon sun in late fall

The sun setting over the valley


... not the cutest koala, but oh well.

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2 comments

  1. Jamison Valley looks incredible! I didn't even know sights like that existed in Australia. Can't wait to see more photos!

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    1. Melbourne has even more stunning sights than the Sydney area! So, so beautiful. Hopefully I'll be able to post them soon. Lack of internet access and Snapfish being down whenever I need it is not helping haha.

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