We arrived safely back in England mid-day on Monday, and we're getting over our jet lag now. Amazingly I managed to sleep for over 8 hours on the Sydney to Dubai flight (>14 hours long!) so that helped somewhat. We're staying with my parents in Worcestershire until Thursday when we will return to Northern Pride. In the meantime, a little more about our trip to Sydney ...
Fortuitously, it was the Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival weekend while we were there and we had a very pleasant evening on Friday listening to some sounds - they were more reggae and motown based than Jazz and Blues, but enjoyable nonetheless! Stan Walker was playing on the Sunday evening, a kiwi singer from Gisborne who won the 'Australian Idol' last year - unfortunately we couldn't get to see him as we were on our way to the airport to catch our flight to Dubai and Birmingham.
Darling Harbour is a vibrant place, buzzing with locals and tourists. My daughter Lisa spent New Year's Eve of the Millennium selling glow sticks there!
Very mixed weather - sunshine after the rain with a pot of gold in the Commonwealth Bank!
The 'Aquashell' (floating stage) at Darling Harbour
Having exhausted our tolerance for being in the city, we took a train ride south on Friday to visit the daughter of a friend of mine who sadly passed away two and a half years ago.
Australia is such a vast country, we only touched the surface of it. Hopefully when we next visit in November, we'll go to the Blue Mountains and maybe get to see a kangaroo or koala!