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Our First Weeks

Our first week in Sydney was spent attempting to be human.  Jet lag, my friends, is not pleasant.  We had minimal goals set for each day.

Day 1:  Sleep.  Find food.

Day 2:  Same.

Day 3:  Sleep.  Find food.  Turn on phones.

Day 4:  Sleep.  Find food.  Find school.

Day 5:  Sleep.  Find food.  Find beach.  Figure out how to cook food and iron shirts at hotel.

Days 6-10 were Rusty’s first week of work, and during that time we were still continuing our attempts at being human.  Jet lag is hard, friends.  Seriously.

Rusty worked during the day, of course.  I spent the week applying for jobs and attempting to figure out the little stuff.  Opening bank accounts, getting discount cards for the grocery stores, registering at the local church, emailing our moms (hi, moms!), looking at apartments, etc.  Rusty got home around 5:30; we cooked dinner (and Rusty’s lunch for the next day) in the shared kitchen at the hotel; we ironed Rusty’s shirt for the next day; and then we watched some Olympics on TV and tried to stay awake until at least 8 PM.

By the weekend, we were ready to get out of the apartment!  We took the bus from our guesthouse up to the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Royal Botanical Gardens.

It was one of the gloomier winter days since we’ve been here in Sydney, but the sun came out enough for us to enjoy our adventure!

We started at the Sydney Opera House, which is right on the harbor.  We brought some snacks with us, and we sat on the water for awhile, eating our crackers and hummus and watching people attempt to take pictures of themselves and their loved ones with the Sydney Opera House in the background.

We got yelled at a lot by this guy, who wanted our crackers.

We walked around the perimeter of the Sydney Opera House so that Rusty could look at the things in the water.  This is one of Rusty’s favorite pastimes.  In fact, when Rusty and I were visiting his grandparents in Pascagoula, Mississippi, before we left the South, his grandma told me that Rusty has enjoyed this–staring at things in water–since he was a little kid.  It was not surprising to me.  I now have an EXTENSIVE collection of Rusty staring at things in water all over the world.  Extensive.

After we watched some parrotfish and looked for man-of-wars for awhile, we headed to the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is delightfully free.  We started in the area with the local flowers and trees.  It’s winter here, so not a lot is blooming, but we found a couple fun things, like ten-foot-tall lilies and gigantic trees.

We wandered over to the rose garden next, but, of course, the roses weren’t blooming now.  I was content to stalk birds and drool over the filler flowers.

Lastly, we decided to walk over the Harbor Bridge.

There were amazing views of Sydney and the harbor from bridge!  The sky had completed clouded over by the time we got up there, though, so I didn’t take any pictures.  We’re going to come back in summer and take some gorgeous ones.  Also, the bridge has four huge pylons, one in each corner, and people can walk up stairs to the top of the southeastern pylon–another thing we’re going to do in summer!

Come visit us, people!  We need an excuse to do some more touristy things!


About theacademicsabroad

Rusty and Ali are a couple of nerds who moved to Australia to go on adventures. Oh, and work. :)


7 thoughts on “Our First Weeks

  1. My wonderful and adventurous Alison, I am so happy for you and Rusty as you settle in Australia. It sure sounds like everything is falling into place! What gorgeous photos and beautiful commentary. I love and miss you both, Mom

    Posted by Mom | August 17, 2012, 12:02 am
  2. My favorite thing about this story is that Rusty now has to wear ironed shirts to work. Moving on up in the world!!

    Posted by Ashley | August 17, 2012, 3:26 am
  3. Oh and I like your jacket 🙂

    Posted by Ashley | August 17, 2012, 3:27 am


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