Monday, August 10, 2009

Sydney, Australia

First stop on the crazy trip I took with my cousins was Sydney. We had a delayed flight, missed flight and lost luggage---but finally made it there and headed straight for a ferry to take us across the harbor to the Taronga Zoo.

Here are the three of us in front of the opera house. Me, Marie and Becky.

I wish I could kiss a penguin in real life...they're my favorite animal. But it looks like I'll still have to content myself with plastic ones for the time being.

This zoo was amazing and we were able to get really close to some animals. This kangaroo ate out of my hands!

This would be me eating kangaroo steak that night. Seems a little evil I suppose after I played with his cousin, but it tasted really good:)

We took a taxi to the Sydney, Australia temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that night. We just had a google map and pointed to where we wanted to go. The driver was definitely confused, but luckily when we got close it was there lit up like a beacon and we spent a few minutes taking pictures and wandering around.

'Member how I said luggage was lost? Yeah-this is the result. I borrowed a dress from my cousin for church, but when we were walking around afterwards, I had to use my tennis shoes cuz my feet were too small to keep wearing hers. Plus, it was kinda chilly outside, and so even though I'm morally opposed to leggings I had to wear some to keep me from freezing. Maybe my cousins were kind of embarrassed of how I looked and walked far ahead of me...

Here we are in Chinatown---we took a lot of these pictures that I think make us look like a three-headed beast. But how else were we all gonna fit in?

Then we headed on to Paddington market---crazy crowded and busy, but tons of fun! I found a boomerang there for my brother...now we just need to learn how to throw it.

And can you guess who I immediately thought of when I saw this at the convenient store?! My cousins and I bought TONS of these. Every day we bought some to take home...and that night they magically disappeared and we had to buy more!


That's the conclusion of Australia. Up next: New Zealand!

30 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Wait, they really eat kangaroo?!?!

Machen family said...

Looks fabulous! I've always wanted to go to Australia, I'll have to live my fantasies through you.

Mika McDaniel said...

So fun! It looks like you are having a great time! Cant wait to see more pictures!

Machen family said...

For the shootout, the ward members who have signed up will meet next Sunday to be given a name "target" where you will try to shoot that neighbor with a water gun, outside of their house. If you shoot someone they have to give you the target they had, and that's your next target. Last man standing is the winner. I think that's about it, but if there are any other rules I haven't mentioned I'll send it to you. p.s. no super soakers allowed.

JD said...

Tim Tams are tasty.

So are marsupials, apparently.

Homer and Queen said...

Always wanted to go...I'm so jealous!

Smart Helm said...

Welcome back! Its always sad when vacations end, but now you get to share ur pictures.

Some consolation prize. :-)

Deb said...

I'm so jealous, Australia is #2 on my list of places I want to visit (England is my #1). It looks like you had a fabulous time.

The church outfit is stylin', I don't care what anyone says.

Becky said...

Kangaroo steak!? Really? That seems so sad...

Was it tasty?

Erin said...

Penguins must be your 'aumakua!

How fun that you got to see the temple. And I love the tennis shoes with the dress.

annie valentine said...

I bet it tastes like chicken. And I love the photo log, I could almost smell China Town and Paddy's market. Those pictures really capture the heart of things.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I agree with everyone else, how fun to live vicariously through you. Loved all the pictures especially the three headed ones.

Tiffany said...

I'm slightly creeped out that you ate kangaroo, but I'm loving the pink, blue, and black outfit with tennis shoes! Definitely a fashion statement! :)

Debbie said...

SO jealous of your travels. And what makes it even more fun is it looks like you had great travel companions. I might have missed it, do your cousins live there or were they traveling with you?

T said...

apparently I need to take a REALLY awesome vacation in order to eat TimTams... oh, wait, I don't actually eat chocolate... never mind - I guess I can stay put... bummer.

sorry your cousins all had huge feet - next time your luggage gets lost it should be coming to visit me because I SO could have supplied you with tiny Barbie shoes :)

Chris and Sara Waldron said...

These are the first pictures I've seen from the trip. Thanks for the update! I have lots to comment, but how bout I wait till we can get together- next week?

Rachel Sue said...

I don't know if I could eat kangaroo. I just don't know.

The pictures of the opera house are lovely. How I want to go there. . .

Did they ever find your luggage?

Buffy Dayton said...

oh, you is one sexy hoe! Thats all I gotsta say.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I'm so jealous! I have a BIL, a SIL, and three nieces who all live down under and we've yet to go. :(

I loved your stylish get-up. I bet you gave those Aussies a great impression of Americans! :)

the Lola Letters said...

soooo jealous.

...and you look so hip and Japanese in that outfit! ;)

April said...

Love the pics! SOOOOOO jealous you got to go!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Ahh! It looks like so much fun! I'll disappear some Tim Tams with you anytime!

LaurieJ said...

Now, why would they be embarassed of you?? :-)
I would love to go to Australia one day but would love to go to New Zealand more! So I anxiously await more pictures :-)

sara said...

What an awesome trip to take with cousins/friends. No adults ruining it and making you go to boring places. I love the pictures!

cbleeflang said...

OH barb! I am so jealous. This trip looks amazing but then again I didn't miss the flight and have lost luggage. Can't wait to read about New Zealand.

rychelle said...

personally, i don't see anything wrong with that outfit.

can't wait to see more pics!

Kazzy said...

Man, I am so craving an out-of-the-country experience! You look so happy. :)

Emily said...

Love the penguin picture.

Not surprised at all to see you in that crazy outfit.

Now I want to try a Tim Tam.

charrette said...

I've heard about Tim Tams from Melanie J at Write stuff. Apparently they're to die for.

And I'm so jealous and amazed at this whole hugegantic vacation! Hooray for you! This is just awesome!

Hoggards said...

K- that feeding the kangaroo thing is the coolest!