We heard from several travelers that it would be crazy if we didn’t allot a few days in Sydney before heading home. I quickly booked three nights at a centrally located Airbnb and hoped for the best. After a long flight across the country, Stephen and I navigated the trains and wheeled our luggage down city streets heading to the given address. We walked through a back alley and climbed three flights of stairs to our accommodations. My expectations were low until I looked up and saw a floor to ceiling window with a perfect view of the Sydney Harbor and the Opera House.
We sat for a long spell in front of the window, mesmerized as we watched harbor ferries scurry to and fro. We even saw four huge cruise ships including the Queen Mary blare their arrival horns and dock right in front of us.
Our Airbnb host pointed out the many buses below that brought tourists to photograph the harbor. We had a front row seat and it was spectacular!
For two days we rode ferries and visited the Sidney highlights…the opera house, the botanical gardens and the harbor bridge. In the late afternoon on our second day we both sat down on a bench near the harbor and could not get up….our legs were too tired. I pulled out my phone and calculated our mileage and discovered that we had walked over 11 miles. We were exhausted…It was time to go home and rest.
Our flight back to San Francisco was uneventful and we are extremely grateful for our family spread across California that gave us beds and hot showers while we reacclimated.
Our goal is to return to Minnesota by early April for Stephen to begin his second season with the Twins. We picked up the Vistabule in San Diego and are now in Arizona for a few weeks. We will slowly make our way home and hopefully squeeze in at least one national park visit on this last leg.