After we finally dried off from getting soaked at the Zoo, we decided to spend our next day doing some exploring around Darling Harbour. Thankfully it didn't rain on us, although it was a bit windy, and when I say a bit windy...it was VERY windy! haha. At Darling Harbour they have tons of restaurants and beautiful views of the city there as well. Once we finally agreed on a place to eat, I (of course) ordered off the kids menu and then to be somewhat sophisticated I ordered a glass of wine. Great pairing...not. My tummy didn't like the combo. BUT I ended up getting some gelato and all was good :)
We then headed to the QVB (Queen Victoria Building) to do some shopping. Such a pretty part of town, I felt more regal just being there while shopping at a place that's names after the Queen! ( I love the Queenie!) Since shopping was on our mind, we decided to head over to another shopping mall where we found out that there was a tower that has some amazing views of the city. And they have a tour that takes you outside and walks you around it! So we went up to give it a shot, but with the rain and wind and night approaching, we decided to save it for tomorrow. Before we started our journey home (aka back to the hotel) we went to The Museum of Contemporary Art- Australia! I ended up enjoying myself way more than I thought I would. I like museums, but some you just never know. So this proved me wrong! They have some really amazing pieces there. I've put some of my favourites in my "Photo's Down Under" section if you want to see them! But after we were done with the museum, we headed back "home". Got some good sleep because the next day was a BIG one for me!
I was almost too excited to sleep that night because there were two big things that I was going to do that day. But first we ended up waking up late and running out of the hotel as fast as we could to get to our reservation on time to do our tour of the Sydney Tower. We ended up missing our reservation :( but rescheduled it after lunch. With full bellies we headed back up and got all geared up to go out and walk around the building for our Skywalk tour! The building stands at 309 meters high (roughly 1,015 ft) We had the opportunity to actually walk over glass flooring while we were outside, and I LOVED IT! Even though we were so high up, it didn't seem bad at all because we had spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The tour isn't just a tour that shoves you outside and only let's you stay out there for little while, oh no no, they had us out there for about 45 min. They tell you facts about the city and exactly what you're looking at which is nice since I really had no idea what anything was! It was amazing.
After walking around "The Rocks" which is a nicer part of town with cute little cafes, I HEADED TO MY BRIDGE CLIMB!!!! Words can't describe how I was feeling gearing up for this. Well I guess some of you can who follow me on Snapchat (Karsyn101) because I was posting all my excitement there! haha. The whole process from start to finish was about 3.5 hours. It sounds like a lot, but when you're climbing ON TOP of a bridge, there are certain things they need to teach you before they release you out into the wild. The teaching process plus all the gear they require you to wear takes about the same time it takes you to actually climb the dang bridge! I ended up doing the night climb (which my instructor says is the best one). I had the time of my life! And thankfully Cynthia and I had made friends with two girls while we were at the Zoo because they did the climb with me! (Hannah and Sereena) (Cynthia unfortunately didn't want to do the climb with me at night) But the girls are actually from England, but studying at Melbourne University. They were taking a holiday in Sydney and thank goodness they were or else we wouldn't have met at the Zoo. So I thankfully had some familiar faces to do the climb with and share the experience with. The views are breathtaking and I don't even feel like i can describe how beautiful it really was to see it in real life. No picture can really do it justice.It is definitely something I will be doing again but something that I can FINALLY check off my bucket list!
The next and sadly last day in Sydney consisted of Cynthia and I packing up and leaving our hotel to head down to Melbourne. But before I left I was determined to go up close to the Opera House! And thankfully we knew the train system so well by then, that we just hopped on real quick and headed over that way so my wish could turn into a reality. So now I can actually say that I left Sydney doing everything that I set out and wanted to do. I know I will be going back up there before (if) I return back to America, but for now I am very content. Closing this chapter on Sydney, but now it's time to start a new one on Melbourne! Goodbye New South Wales, HELLO VICTORIA!