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Australia Day in Sydney
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Sydney, Australia
After my horrendous night involving people throwing up, me moving rooms, and room-mates being loud and obnoxious, I was quite glad to see the light of day. I hadn’t really slept at all, which is a nuisance as today was Australia Day, and I wanted to be full of energy so as to be able to fully enjoy Australia Day in Sydney.
I started the day by meeting the girls in the hostel reception area, but incredibly, they endured a night similar to mine, if not worse. They were kept up all night by a group of girls in their room playing drinking games all night long. My friends weren’t able to move rooms as I was lucky enough to have been, and had to endure verbal abuse from the drinkers when asking if the noise could be kept down. Funnily enough, my friends had also gone for a walk during the night, roughly around the same time as me; it’s a wonder we didn’t pass each other.
I had to vacate my room this morning and move to another room, as the room I was in now was just a temporary arrangement. It had been fully booked for tonight already. As I went through the necessary admin work with a guy behind the reception desk, he was surprised that I was asked to pay extra the previous night, seeing as I had been left with no choice. He refunded me any money extra that I had paid and offered his sincere apologies for the night I had experienced. This made me feel much better about the place. It’s amazing how far a little bit of common courtesy gets you.
My new room was fine, and so off I went to meet the girls for breakfast next door in the YHA. It was lovely, and all you could eat; the perfect way to begin the long day ahead.
We joined a walking tour, thinking that it was a tour geared towards the Australia Day celebrations, but a little way into the walk, we realised that in fact it was just a walking tour of the city. Being as it were that we had already seen much of the city, and wanted to celebrate Australia Day, we decided to sneak away as the guide was enthusiastically describing a plain-looking building to us.
We headed first in the direction of the Rocks Harbour, and there was much going on all around. So many people had gathered for live music events, and shows of all sorts. The city was awash with vibrant colours as people donned their Australia Day hats and caps, whilst children ran about with their flags and balloons. Next we visited Hyde Park where lots of stands were set up for music at some point during the celebrations. We sat and watched some music during the day, and had food from the numerous food stalls lining the main paths. It was a great fun day.
Later, we watched a really cool band in Circular Quay, with the sun shining down and boats ambling past in the background, all the while Sydney Opera House twinkling in the sunshine a little distance away. It was a great setting, and a great way to finish the day. By now exhaustion had kicked in, so we found a pub to eat at before returning to the hostel. Somehow we still managed to find the energy for the Side Bar this evening, and danced into the night. All in all it was a really cool day.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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