By John Galdi
Let me begin by saying, Sydney is Awesome! I may never want to leave! For starters, I have yet to find one cold-hearted person in Sydney that is having a bad day; except for of course the drunkard that we ran into the other night…but that is a story for another time. Any office building or hotel you might wander into is guaranteed to have a magnificent view of either the Sydney Harbor and the infamous Opera House or the beautiful surrounding city. Sydney always has something to do from climbing to the top of the Harbor Bridge (which is higher than it looks) to walking through one of the world’s largest and most elegant malls. And of course, the food is incredible!
I don’t think there is a specific type of food that can be coined “Australian” food, but they definitely know how to eat. Australians pride themselves in eating healthy and eating A LOT. When I say they eat a lot, I mean as a 200 pound grown man, I have difficulty finishing almost every meal. The meals range from very authentic Asian food to Mexican food to any sort of American meal you could ever imagine. So far, I have been trying anything that is placed in front of me and…believe it or not…. I have loved almost every meal. A quick list of some of the unique food that I have tried so far is…
Emu and Crocodile Pizza
A Whole Duck
Lamb, Prawns, and Crab Dumplings
LOTS of Calamari (MY FAVORITE)…. I love Calamari
Vegemite…(I actually liked it)… Many Australians were very surprised
One of the biggest troubles that we have run into over here and are still having trouble with is the different measuring system. The first night we were here, we attempted to get directions from a group of beautiful Australian ladies, as all the ladies are down under, and they told us how far away we were from our destination in kilometers. I looked at them and said “so…. How far is that?”. We eventually found our destination, but it is still very difficult to follow directions from people as they tell you how many kilometers to go… which means nothing to me. Also, all of the temperatures are here in Celsius, which got Chris into some trouble when we went to the Blue Mountains, as he thought Celsius was Fahrenheit and didn’t dress properly at all. Luckily we have been using our iPhones to do lots of conversions from kilometers to miles and from Celsius to Fahrenheit. Without that, I don’t know what we would have done. Thanks Apple.
Now I’m off to have some more fun in Sydney and experience even more of this city. Hopefully I’ll see you in a week or two with even more stories.