Life Down Under, continued
Posted: Monday, Jan. 07, 2013
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
After New Year's Eve we took on Sydney with full force. With only 5 more days to see the sights, we didn't have long to visit all of the incredible surroundings.On New Year's Day we hopped on a ferry and headed to Darling Harbour. The breeze on the ferry was amazing amidst the hot summer weather and the crystal blue waters looked so inviting. I know that when I miss Australia it will because of those blue waters. My parents ended up leaving us to ourselves for the day, so we went to visit the aquarium, Madame Tussauds, and Wild Life Sydney. We had a blast and it was easily one of my favourite parts of the trip. We saw dugongs, sharks (which made Robert happy), the biggest crabs and lobsters we've ever seen, rays, and we even found Nemo. . . or at least some of his cousins.Wild Life Sydney was equally entertaining, but torturous for those that hate snakes. I had my eyes closed a few times. Actually, I went outside to get a closer view of the kangaroos and found myself facing a keeper holding a python. I ran straight back through the door before Robert even had a chance to step out! We did see the koalas and kangaroos though, which are two of the animals I was the most excited to see. We even saw penguins, which was an added bonus.At Madame Tussauds we let loose and took a lot of pictures. It's been a long, long time since I had been to a wax museum and I'd forgotten how much fun they are. They had props and famous backgrounds, so Robert and I just went wild with the "celebrities."The next day we went to the one place I'd been waiting to visit - Taronga Zoo. Located on a cliffside, it takes two ferry rides and a sky lift to get to the entrance. From the top, you work your way down the hill through wooded areas and different animal exhibits. Robert and I were drawn to the Australian breeds as we hadn't seen them in person before. We saw more kangaroos and koalas, as well as wombats, tasmanian devils, and platypuses. Robert wanted to see the platypuses and wombats more than any of the other animals. I have to admit, I was really excited about the platypuses too and was disappointed when we didn't see one our first trip around. It took heading back to the exhibit one final time for us to get a brief glimpse of one. It was completely worth the wait.The meerkats stole the show though. They were so adorable as they scurried about their area digging for bugs and guarding one another. The meerkat on guard duty kept hearing airplanes, leaning his head way back, and watching the skies. It was both fascinating and entertaining to watch and I took so many pictures of them.Right now we're at the airport waiting to board our flight. It's been a long day and we can't wait to get home and see our Alice. So to hear about our final days, feel free to check back on Wednesday!
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