Fourteen - Back to Sydney
One thing that really stands out to me and as American
is the difference in airport security in Australia. I was able to be
seated in each of my flights without showing any form of ID. You also
need much less time for lines and security than in US. It's a nice experience
overall. Another difference is most of the flights you board outside,
using portable stairways.
The flight itself was rather uneventful and after
about 2.5 hours I was back in Sydney and on my way to the Metro
Hotel. I called my friend Santo, who I knew from Ann Arbor, and
we made arrangements to meet up later for dinner. I went for a quick
lunch at the 3
Wise Monkeys Pub, then back for a much needed nap.
Santo came to pick me up and within a couple minutes
I was at his and Walter's home, where I met their son, Ethan. We had
Barramundi for dinner and caught up on old times. After dinner, we played
a game of Rhino Rampage with Ethan and then talked for a while. It was
great catching up with my old friends.
I stopped by 3 Wise Monkeys again and listened to
the live band du jour. I cannot recall the name of the group, but they
were excellent and played a wide variety of music. The female lead-singer
and drummer were particularly good.