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Christmas & New Years in Sydney

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Well we have been told it has been awhile since we last updated the blog, and seeing as our last entry was when we first moved to Melbourne we have to agree! Unfortunately we can't upload all our pics in one hit as we have a monthly upload limit so we've put some on for now and we will add more next month :(

Quick and brief update prior to the festive season:

I got a job at the NAB head office as a PA to the General Manager in Group Strategic Business Services & Risk Asset Review. Quite a mouthful I know! I started before Christmas and have only worked there for 3 days (due to pre-booked holidays) but it seems like a really good job and they only need me until May which works out perfect coz i will be heading back to Brisbane early June. Plus it's the next street over and 2 blocks up so it's close by too.

Brian has been out working at the Yu Yangs for the pacific production, plus filming around town. They filmed a bar scene close by to the city which I was able to go and watch, plus they had a few days filming at a local football ground. They've filmed about 3 or 4 episodes already, so this year should be pretty easy for them in getting everything wrapped by June.

Ok, now on to Sydney.


Brian and I headed to Sydney to spend time with his family at his brothers place in Homebush. We were there for 10 days and spent our time drinking, bowling, sight seeing, bridge climbing (brian, warwick and their dad), taking photos of the boys doing the bridge climb (just me), going to Bondi Beach, playing with our Christmas presents and of course celebrating the New Year. It was the first Christmas I had spent away from my family and the first Christmas I can remember spending with a jumper on! Luckily the weather picked up for Boxing Day and it was warm sunny weather from there on.

Brian and I bought his dad a ticket to walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Boxing Day, and he and Warwick joined him on the climb. I wasn't doing the climb with them ( I was a little chicken plus couldn't afford it) but decided to take photos of them from different points around the bridge. I was able to get a free pass up to the Bridge Pylon where I could take photos of them climbing the arch. The boys started their adventure around midday where they had a safety brief and were told what to expect. Then they started their climb. The climb starts off with an easy walk along the structure while the guide is telling the group (through their microphones & head pieces) about the history and surroundings of the bridge. A few facts told were how many men died making the bridge - 16, and about a guy who was buried alive in the pylon due to falling into the cement mix while it was being built. The walk then takes you straight towards the pylon and out to the water where you climb up stairs which leads up to the road and then up again to the arch. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht race was on while they were climbing so there were lots of boats in the harbour that day which made for good viewing and a nice background in their photos. Once you get to the top the guide takes photos of the group reaching the top and then the decent down begins. The boys said it was very enjoyable and an easy climb. The group constantly stops for breaks while the guide talks history and lets you take in the view. The whole climb took 3 and a half hours with no toilet breaks (as Rove points out in his signed photo!) After that we all went for a beer and a pizza in a nice pub at the Rocks. I don't know about them but I was pretty exhausted from running all around Sydney taking photos of them!

A few days after that my parents arrived in Sydney. Dad was working on the cricket test so mum decided to fly down with him to have a bit of a holiday plus see me for Xmas. I spent 2 nights with them and we ate out, sailed around the harbour, went to Taronga Park Zoo and did lots of shopping. The zoo was a great day and we had fantastic weather which made the view from around the park spectacular. I have never been to a zoo before with an outlook like this one! Unfortunately we went to see most of the animals around midday so naturally they were all in the shade having a snooze but we still got to see the bird show and gorilla feeding which was great. It was good to catch up with my parents again and they're coming to Melbourne for the Australian Open in a week or so, so I can see them again then.

For New Years Warwick had a friend who had an office/apartment just past Darling Harbour which looked out to the bridge and across to Luna Park. It was a great view and we were able to watch both fireworks shows whilst eating, drinking, and playing card games. It was a great night but a long trip home, as most New Years celebrations turn out to be. Brian and I have some great photos and videos of the fireworks and we are in the process of making a video on his new Mac computer he got for Christmas.

Well we are back in Melbourne now without too many hiccups. There was a baggage strike going on at the Sydney airport when we were leaving which delayed our flight by 50 minutes. They were going to fly us back with no luggage at all but we were told the problem was fixed and we were on our way. Unfortunately 20 bags did not make the flight, one of them being mine, so we had to go through the whole process of lost baggage and I finally received my suitcase at 10pm that night - hey it could have been worse i guess...

Brian and I both start back at work on Monday which we are both looking forward to in a way because work means money! Yay. Our New Years Resolution - to update the blog more often this year! We'll see how that goes hahah. Take care and we hope everyone had a great Christmas and an even better New Years!

Brian and Jess

Posted by Jess_F 00:02

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