08.12.2006 - 13.12.2006
Last day in Sydney. Today wasn't crazy busy for once. There were still few things on our list to explore. We checked out by 10 am, leaving bags in the reception. We went once again to the Darling Harbour through the China Town. Funny enough it turned out to be easier way to get there. We sat down by the water and has a brunch. We also fed the seagulls with... peanuts. To say the least the birds were not too happy with that meal. Since the Maritime Museum was just few steps away and free. It turned out to be very interesting spot. There's lots to explore. It took 2 hours to get around. After that back to same place for another bite.
At 1 pm we rushed to the nearby Arts Centre for a aboriginal performance, free again. Quite different from what we expected but still worth 30 minutes of our time. Then we were off next door to the Chinese Garden. I didn't imagine it would be so big, right in the middle of the city. Beautiful flora, ponds with fish, lizards here and there sunbathing on the rocks near the waterfall. And among these various Chinese buildings. Pretty surreal. Nice spot for lunch. There's a tea house inside, but you need to pay entry fee. Around 3 we were on the train to the airport. So handy to have a train take you there and it only takes 10 minutes at most. Upon arrival we found out that out flight is delayed by an hour. I've managed to spend every last cent of my Oz money. We made our flight a bit more enjoyable by drinking wine. Air NZ is pretty generous in that area. We arrived in AKL just past midnight. Mandatory stop at the duty free shop. It's my brother's birthday today. I'm sure he will be happy with some nice Whiskey.