Encounters in Oz
It is true, that when most people hear of the land of Oz, they think of only one that exists solely in fiction. But, what they do not know, is that there is a real Oz, and it is greater than any story or fairytale. The immense country of Australia is very similar to the United States, but it also has its differences, which are the very things that made me fall in love with it. The atmosphere, the style and the people were all just different enough to make me want to stay there forever. “Why Australia?” is the question that I have received most since the incredible excursion. There is no answer that can fully describe the reasoning, besides the fact that we just wanted to.
I, along with my dad and brother, took off on the trip of a lifetime on the most ironic of days, July fourth. After practically traveling in time, and skipping the entire day of July fifth, we arrived in Sydney bright and early in the morning, and anything but tired. The best way to approach the city of Sydney is to just explore it: by train, monorail, or even on foot, which is what we did. We began our long journey by giving ourselves the typical big city tour. We ventured to all the main venues and attractions, including the Sydney Tower, Sydney Wildlife World and the world-famous Sydney Aquarium. By simply walking around on the downtown streets, we found ourselves becoming familiar with the metropolis and wanting to become more personal with it. It was also very convenient that our hotel, the Mantra 2 Bond Street, was located at the core of the central business district, so we had absolutely no problem seeing Sydney in its everyday ritual. We were at walking distance from the Circular Quay, which just so happens to be the hub of all ferries. By taking each separate ferry out, we were able to see Sydney from a different perspective, from the outside. On one of our many ferry rides, we journeyed to Manly Beach, one of the many beaches in the Sydney area. Although it was winter, there were still many surfers to be found scattered throughout the water. The ambiance of this particular beach was very charming, with a stretched strip of shops, leading up to the long beach, with pine trees along one side, and the sand along the other.
Other important places in the city of Sydney are Darling Habour, and of course, as clichÃ© as it may be, the Sydney Opera House. Not only is the building an example of extreme and miraculous architecture, it also has one of the most beautiful interiors of a performance venue I have ever seen. It really is a must-see, anytime a person visits Australia.
As I have grown up, I have been a lover of New York City, but since I have been to Sydney, there is definitely a competition. Not only does this city have some of the most beautiful buildings ever created, including the Queen Victoria Building, it also is a very clean city, with hardly any pollution or trash. It is very appealing to anyone who likes the craziness of a big city, but also likes to enjoy the small things, like a quiet walk on the beach, or an evening down at the quay.
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