One - Arriving in Sydney
Twenty-four hours of flying, including stops in Toronto
and Vancouver, landed me in Sydney two days after I left. Sydney is
16 hours ahead of Detroit and it was now Wednesday morning. As dreadful
as it all sounds, the flight wasn't too bad. There was plenty of onboard
entertainment aboard the Air Canada 777 and I had a decent amount of
seat room. My main concern was the folks in Toronto assured me my luggage
wouldn't make it, as it it didn't show up there for the plane switch.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my yellow bag flop down the carousel
after all. Getting through security and immigration was a breeze and
I was on my way.
took some getting used to
The most difficult thing about driving on the left
side of the road, for me, was my position in the car. Sitting with the
wheel on the right side of the car was fairly uncomfortable. I always
felt I was too close to approaching traffic and had to constantly remind
myself not to drive too far over to the left. Turns are a little odd
at first, but I soon got the hang of it and was making my way through
Sydney traffic searching for my first hotel.
World Square was an excellent choice for a stay with a very convenient
location. I showered and changed and walked around the city for a few
hours. One thing that stands out immediately about Sydney is how clean
it is for a major city. While there are some homeless, they are far
fewer in number than most metropolises and like all of Australia, it's
very safe in comparison.
I found a pub called Scruffy
Murphy's and went in for a beer. I met up with some people from
Galway, Ireland and a girl from Denmark and we shared some jugs (pitchers)
New, which were on special. Several hours and multiple jugs later
and I was feeling the time difference and exhaustion from the long flight,
so I made my way back for a long sleep.