24 Hours in Sydney

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An awful photo of me in a beautiful (and windy) city.

I was in Sydney this weekend to sit the ACTs-an exam required by US universities. Although I can’t realistically see myself going to the the states for uni, Sydney is my first preference for Australia. I wanted to decide whether this would be a city where I would happy to live in next year.

The short answer: a definite yes.

On Friday afternoon, I went straight from school to the airport. I was already changed because we were taking our yearbook photos just before and my bag was in the boot of the car.

By the time I got to the airport and had a quick snack, it was time to board the plane. I am always in various states of exhaustion so I fell asleep pretty quickly- the sky was cloudy so I couldn’t stare out of the window like I normally do. Luckily, on the flight back the weather was significantly better and I managed to take this pretty picture (you can see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge!!)

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After settling into the hotel room, we decided that it was definitely time to get some food. While the restaurant that I wanted to go to was full (we phoned to see if they had any availability and they said that if we were to walk in now, they could get us a table in around two hours…yikes), we decided to try some nearby Italian street food. The Gamberi tagliatelle was perfection.

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Then, after a quick trip to Coles to get some breakfast and snacks for my exam break, it was time to head back to the hotel. There was nothing on the television, so I read the newspaper and revised a little for the essay component of tomorrow’s looming exam.

The exam itself took around four hours, but with the registration and other bureaucratic elements, I was in the testing centre for well over five hours.

While I was waiting for my dad to come pick me up so we could head to lunch, I found a nearby park with an incredible view. I was slightly overwhelmed with how beautiful Sydney was. I loved the metropolitan feel – even though Brisbane has a population of two million, it feels very suburb-y and dull. Sydney, on the other hand, is brimming with so much energy. I would genuinely be very happy to go to uni here.

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We headed to a nearby restaurant for lunch, I didn’t take many photos but you know the kind of place – pillars and arches mixed with artful concrete. The menu was simple but the flavours were complex. However, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos on the way to our next stop, it was such a lovely day!

The next destination on this whirlwind trip was Gelato Messina and it was incredible. There was such a large variety of flavours and while I was tempted to stick to chocolate, I ended up choosing salted coconut and mango – a choice I don’t regret!

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