We are staying at the Asylum Hostel in Sydney, Australia. Everything is shutting down here because of the APEC summit which is meeting all week. We walked down to the Sydney Opera House and looked at it from the outside but we couldn't go in. We also saw some famous bridge that we were told costs $200.00 to walk across so we just took some pictures of it. The weather is perfect for walking around all bundled up and ducking in and out of little stores and huge churches. Freezing wind and spots of rain are punctuated by warm rays of sunshine. We did a foot tour of the city today and stopped to read to eachother every time we found a bench in a scenic spot. There were plenty of them.
We also walked through the botanical gardens which were not only beautiful but free. The little ponds and fountains were full of colorful, exotic birds, that are probably just like pigeons to the Australians, but were very exciting to us. We spent a good chunk of the afternoon chasing them around with the camera, Joe practicing his animal photography.
Last night we went out to eat with everyone staying in the hostel (probably about 25 of us), came back to the house and played drinking games (shirts vs. skins pictured above) and then went out dancing (also pictured). It was a darn good time.