Tuesday 22 Sep
We were all excited to see Niamh who we haven't seen in AGES cause she lives in Sydney. Ciara was so excited to see her again she forgot to put her shoes back on after the long flight. It wouldn't have been such a bad move to be barefoot after all, because Border Control consider a few grains of sand on the sole of your shoe a heinous crime! Shoes confiscated, cleaned and returned we burst through the arrivals door awaiting fanfare and big hugs from Niamh. Hmm, no sign of her. Just about to look for a payphone, she wandered past with a Welcome Banner tucked under her arm. It's the thought that counts eh?! Quick cruise around the Bondi & surrounds and we headed back to the apartment to catch up with Big Wave Dave before settling in for the night.
The following morning Sydney was assaulted by a weird dust storm. Huge quantities of fine red dust
from the outback were dumped on the city making the city look like Mars for a few hours. Being new, we thought this was a normal occurrence. Once the cloud cleared we headed into town to see the famous Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the botanical gardens. Lovely! we headed into Bondi and picked up the keys to Gavan's apartment. He was back in Ireland and had kindly agreed to let us stay in his apartment. We popped into town again that night to catch up with Mark and Simon and enjoyed a great evening. Poor Ciara was bored by many many 6-A-Side stories but it was great to see more friendly faces.
We got up early the next day to meet Amy and James. They took us on a tour of the Northern beaches including the famous Palm Beach (Summer Bay from the soap Home and Away). We also saw dolphins on a ferry ride, but unfortunately no sign of that flamin' galah Alf Stewart - BOO! That night we had a great night with the Coopers and their friends. My personal highlight being my first session of Guitar Hero. We rocked out while eating pastries at about 2am. What a night.
We'd had a hectic week in Sydney and really enjoyed catching up with the Sydneysiders.