.: Amanda and the Harbour Bridge :.

Late in March, my oldest friend made the harrowing trip across the ocean to visit, and it was awesome. Amanda and I have known each other since we were two as we grew up in the same neighborhood. Our friendship has varied throughout the years, from seeing each other every day in high school  to only the occassional visit in college, but we’ve maintained our friendship well. No matter how little we see each other {or really keep in touch in general}, it is one of those friendships where we can easily pick up right where we left off as if we don’t live in different countries and see each other once a year.

When she told me in 2012 she was planning to come to Australia, at first I didn’t believe her – do you know how many of my friends are ‘totally going to come to Australia’?!  But Amanda is a pretty straightforward person, and she set a goal and made it happen. When she contacted me again about visiting, I was STOKED. We started to talk about where we wanted to go, set some dates, and finally at the end of March she was here!

We met in Sydney, and after successfully navigating the train system, we arrived at the Pullman on Hyde Park, our hotel for the night {which I completely recommend}. That morning we walked down to Circular Quay to see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and had a nice lunch beside the water. We explored the Rocks and then hightailed it back to the hotel for a well-deserved nap.

That night we had a delicious dinner at the Meat & Wine Co. {their garlic mashed potatoes – oh my goodness} before calling it an early night {Amanda had hardly slept on the plane and I was not at all recovered from my red eye trip to Adelaide earlier in the week}. We only spent one night in Sydney as it was Easter weekend – then it was time to head west to Canberra…

I’ve written before about some of the other things I enjoy in Sydney – you can see them here.

.: A man playing the didgeridoo at Sydney Harbour :.