It’s hard to believe our trip is almost over, and this is our final day in Australia. It will certainly be tough to return to the cold Philadelphia winter after experiencing the Australian summer, but at least we did our last day right. During the morning we were free, and many of us went over to Paddy’s Market to purchase some final souvenirs. One group, on the other hand, took the opportunity to do the famous Harbor Bridge Climb. The Harbor Bridge is the bridge across Sydney Harbor that frequently shares equal billing with the Opera House on postcards, but the postcards don’t show that there’s actually a set of metal steps that run along the top of the arch of the bridge. From these steps, you get an incredible view of the city from a staggering 150 meter height.
After that, we boarded a ferry next to the Opera House for the 30 minute trip out to Manly Beach, a popular surfing area. We had a team surfing lesson scheduled, even though the conditions didn’t entirely comply. The rain from the day before was still lingering, but the swells were consequently as high as 4-5 feet and a wetsuit was more than enough to keep us going Read the rest of this entry »