The big night was finally here!  We knew we couldn’t be in Sydney for New Year’s Eve without witnessing the legendary fireworks over Sydney Harbour. Fortunately the Royal Botanic Garden offered its lawns for those of us who didn’t want to spend a fortune at one of the local restaurants.  For the price of a […]

New Year’s Eve Day was a bit of an odd one.  It felt like a holiday but all the fun wouldn’t start until night-time.  It was also our last full day in Sydney, and Amanda and I wanted to use it to do the last odds-and-ends that had caught our curiosity but not been done […]

On Sunday we rented a car for a day trip outside of Sydney.  We considered going to the Blue Mountains (famed for their natural beauty) but ultimately settled on the Southern Highlands, since they offered both natural beauty (a waterfall!) and cute villages (shops!). All of the in-town car rental agencies were sold out, so […]

One of my favorite things to do in a new city is simply to walk around and see what it looks like, both in the famous touristy sections, but also in the ordinary neighborhoods.  What does real life look like there?  Here are some photos I collected during the week we stayed in the Surry […]

The Gallery of New South Wales sits just a short walk from the Royal Botanic Garden, so it was a convenient (and gloriously air conditioned!) next stop in our explorations. The gallery’s collection was impressive — two rooms, in particular stood out: The first was a room of 19th Century landscape paintings in the European […]

After that glorious day at the beach, we decided we needed a day off to let out little sunburns subside, and to let our crevices remember what it felt like not to have sand everywhere. We set out for the Royal Botanic Garden, which Ananda had not yet seen, and which I was eager to […]

Beach day today! Because let’s be honest, that’s the whole point of being here: sun, surf, and hot lifeguards reminding you of all the ways you might die. We skipped beachy scene at Bondi and instead headed out to Manly Beach (so named because the British colonisers were so impressed by the manliness of the […]