It is crazy to think that Rob and I have been back in the UK for over seven months, and that it is almost a year since we left for our trip. I’ve been putting this final entry off a bit, but we did still want to share with you the photos from the final leg of our trip.
We returned to a much nicer Sydney than we left. It was probably the change in hostels (from the cheap and not-so-cheerful Sydney Backpackers to the clean and airy YHA Railway Square. We had also had a lot more time to get used to the size and population of the city, whereas when we first landed it was a big shock after the relative calm of NZ and Asia.
We had a few days in which to revisit our favourite places, (the Rocks and Darling Harbour) and try out some of the beach suburbs of Sydney. We caught the ferry out to Manly, on a very misty, humid day which ended up being incredibly hot and sunny. After walking the length of the beach and watching the surfers we headed into the town to explore the markets and find lunch and shade. If we go back to Sydney I would definitely look at staying further out, somewhere like Manly as there was such a nice atmosphere, and it was pretty easy to get to the city centre and sights.
After some last minute shopping for souvenirs we headed to the IMAX in Darling Harbour where Rob had really wanted to see Tron in 3D on the world’s largest IMAX screen. It was pretty good, but even better was stepping out to dusk and seeing a crowd gathering around the harbour. We found some good seats and stayed for the last of the New Year fireworks celebrations and a fantastic end to our trip.
The next day we flew to Singapore where we spent six hours exploring the city and having free foot massages before finally arriving back to the shock of a British January, somehow just missing the insane amount of snow.
So we are back in the real world now. We’ve spent the last six months in a sort of limbo, travelling between Kent (where I found work teaching) and Yorkshire (where Rob found work), but next week I will be moving up to Yorkshire where I start a new contract in September. Something a bit more permanent – for now at least!
Nic & Rob x