Activities in Sydney

By on 11-06-2012 in Australia 2012

Activities in Sydney

G’ Day Mates!

I know that you are on the edge of your seats waiting to read about all of the happenings in Sydney.

As you may or may not know, we spent a total of six days amongst, as Marilee would say, the “beautiful people.” Though we arrived relatively early on our first day in the city, we decided not to tackle our educational objectives right away.  Trust me, it does not matter how much planning you do, when you are somewhere that beautiful, you just want to explore as much as you can before you have to work. So, Marilee, Megan, myself, Brittany and Cierra roamed the streets for a couple of hours. The best and worst thing about Sydney is that time really flies when you are there. Before we knew it, it was 3:00am and we were exhausted.

On our second day in the city, we decided to start tackling some educational objectives by following our itinerary.  Our first official educational adventure was to the Sydney Aquarium. I do not know what was best, riding the ferry and having the best view ever or taking happy snaps and notes at the aquarium. It was refreshing to see that we were not the only people excited to see the sea creatures in the aquarium, it was packed with people and of course, fun facts.  Did you know that crabs have teeth inside of their stomachs?

The third day of our trip was the day that we set aside to visit the Australian National Maritime Museum.  I love to go to different museums and was fortunate to have the opportunity to say “ I went to a museum in Sydney, Australia!” There are not many people who can say that.  The most interesting thing that I learned from the museum is: The gallery was the United States’ gift to Australia in 1988. It was nice to read something positive and interesting about America that I had never heard before.

What else did we do? I am glad you asked readers. The group and I also went to the opera house and the Sydney Tower Eye. We had so much fun and learned so many new things, that it is hard to say what I liked the most. However, if I had to choose, I would say that the opera house was the best experience because it was something that we all wanted to do collectively. If there is one thing that I have learned from my time here and planning excursions it is this: it is almost impossible for everyone to agree to do one activity at the same time.

What are some things that you have learned about travelling with groups and where were you travelling when you learned those lessons?

Overall, I enjoyed my time in Sydney and I hope you enjoy our photos.

Word of the Day: Swag, which is not a terminology for confidence. It is rolled up bedding, which is carried by a swagman. A swagman is a hobo. Look at that, two for the price of one! 

Only in Sydney

 

The one and only Sydney, Australia

By on 11-02-2012 in Australia 2012

The one and only Sydney, Australia

G’ Day Mates!

Did you miss me?

As you may or may not know, the gang and I took a trip to Sydney last week. I am happy to report that we all enjoyed our time there and it is apparent that we all took something positive from the excursion. Though every student stayed in hostels in Sydney for the duration of the excursion, we were advised by Poppa D (Professor Davison) to travel in smaller groups. So, we broke up into three different groups. Group A: Ericka, Joy, Kelsey and Caprice. Group B: myself, Brittany, Megan, Marilee and Cierra. Group C: Quinn, Brother, Barend and Carl.

I admit it; I am more of a couch potato than an active person. No worries, our adventures in Australia are changing that. The city was so beautiful and modern that even I wanted to see all of its attractions immediately. My group decided to go sightseeing once we were checked into our hostel. I strongly believe that there is something about that city that made all of us feel comfortable and energetic. Some might say that it is magical, I know I do.  There were so many people to meet and so many things to do that there was never a day that went by where we were stuck in our hostel.

If you have never been to Sydney, allow me to paint a picture for you. Imagine a better and cleaner version of New York City. Now, imagine friendlier and if you can, better dressed people. This is a city where transportation is always available and the nights are always gorgeous. Though we embraced Sydney and she embraced us with all of her beauty and openness, it was not all fun and games.

As I have stated before, it was an educational excursion. So, we stuck to our list of objectives and our personal itineraries we planned prior to our trip.  My group planned to see an opera, go on a tour of the Sydney Opera House, visit the Maritime Museum, visit the aquarium,  view the Sydney Tower Eye and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Our goal was to collectively learn something new about those amazing places and hopefully gain a new perspective.  Stay tuned for in depth details about our Sydney excursion.

Did You Know- The Residents of Sydney hail from over 180 nations and speak 140 languages?

We passed this park on our way to catch the ferry daily.

 

Sydney Styles

By on 11-02-2012 in Australia 2012

Sydney Styles

Friday Happy Hour at the QuayBar on the Circular Quay

Regretfully, I’m just back from Sydney. If there was ever a place on Earth that suited all my needs it would be Sydney. If I had no strings, I would stay there forever. It has everything; cosmopolitan city-life, culture, and BEACHES! There are gorgeous beaches with  tropical turquoise water in Sydney. The minute I got off the ferry in Manly and walked down the Corso to the Pacific I felt at home.
I try not to dress like a grandma, whatever that means, and keep an eye on the fashion trends from magazines or what the younger people are wearing. While in downtown Sydney, I couldn’t help but admire the way the population dressed there. Sydney was described in the guidebooks as the Australian congregation of ‘beautiful people’. The residents here are known to be very fitness oriented, fashion conscious and regarded as snobby by the rest of Australia. Yes, I got that all from a guidebook. If you ask me, the rest of the country, as well as the rest of the world, could take some cues from them. By the way, the men are gorgeous here; it must be something in the water.

Here are a few fashion trends I noticed. Skinny jeans and ballet flats are almost like a uniform in Sydney for casual dress. And scarves. I’ve been reading about a trend toward sheer tops and color-blocking in the fashion magazines, and I found these trends evident in Sydney. Being a shoe fanatic, I loved the embellished sandals and over-the-top platforms, as well as the low boots.

The men there seem to have no problem dressing in the latest trends without feeling awkward. They also wear the skinny jeans, but with those leather shoes with the long square toes (I don’t know what they’re called), or with low sneakers. Most are seen with well fitted narrow jeans and tailored narrow dress shirts with the tails out. I also saw lots of men in Ralph Lauren Polo shirts with the big horse emblem on the front. Stylish leather man-purses were everywhere.
That being said, I felt frumpy my entire stay there. I wish I had known we were going to the opera, I could have shown the “beautiful people” a thing or two. I own way too many LBD’s (little black dresses). On the bright side, I was dressed comfortably for the miles and miles we walked over the course of our week there. I hope I didn’t stick out too much. I only saw a few of the ‘beautiful people’ pointing and laughing at me….
What is your favorite outfit that you feel the most comfortable in?

Where’s my LBD?