Â The alarm went off and we were all really dragging.Â That little tease of sleep wasn’t totally satisfying, but after a caffeinated beverage, a slightly less intense adrenalin-high kicked in to assist us through this day.Â We moved the boat over to Rushcutters Bay to the D’Albora Marina.Â Once we arrived and tied to the dock, I suddenly became obsessed with bathing … a hot shower was my mission in life.Â So we packed up the shower bag and headed up to the office to get the key to the facilities when the quarantine guy showed up.Â He delivered a minor admonishment for leaving the boat without clearing quarantine, and I didn’t care.Â I said something to the effect of:Â “I haven’t showered in over 9 days so I need you to clear me and my person immediately because I am going to the shower right now.”Â
Andy stayed with the quarantine guy as he looked for potential dangers, organic material, and introduced species.Â His services cost AUS $416 making this the most expensive check-in process we’ve ever experienced.Â He indicated that a good chunk of the charge was overtime to come on a Sunday.Â We could’ve avoided overtime rates by staying on the boat until Monday morning, but that just wasn’t in the cards.Â And he did take out all of the garbage in a fancy trash bag with official “Danger” and “Quarantine” stencils on it.Â Whatever.Â I didn’t care as I was luxuriating in a hot shower!Â
As it turns out, Andy’s close friend from Mizzou was visiting Sydney on business travel from Bangkok, where he now lives and works.Â As we pulled into the marina, Jason was waiting for us with hot flat whites and wow that was the most delicious coffee I’ve ever had!Â After we cleaned up a little, we jumped in a cab and headed over to Icebergs, the famous restaurant with sweeping views of Bondi Beach.Â We had a fabulous lunch with plenty of wine, and experienced the same “land sickness” episodes that we usually experience at our first onshore meal.Â I started to relax a little, but I still felt like I was running pretty high on adrenalin.
After lunch, the boys went to check out the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia which is right next door to our marina.Â The CYCA sponsors the annual Sydney to Hobart race which is both famous and infamous.Â Since we had just crossed the Tasman, we were feeling a special affinity towards those brave enough to take on sailing in those latitudes!Â Additionally, tenants at D’Albora Rushcutters are welcome to the private bar and restaurant so I’m sure we’ll be taking advantage of that in the future!Â I, on the other hand, went for a relaxing lay down with my book.
Soon it was time to get up and eat again!Â There’s so much great stuff to do in Sydney, and with Ryan on his last day, and Jason in town to visit, we were eager to get to it!Â
We hopped in a taxi and went to an area called The Rocks which is right on the Bay and across from the Opera House and Harbor Bridge.Â It’s a very cool part of town with all sorts of outdoor bars and restaurants and people milling around, so we decided to sit down and have an adult beverage.Â We happened to be there during the Luminous Festival, andÂ SydneysidersÂ were treated to huge, high-powered light shows with the Opera House as the canvas.Â It was absolutely stunning and mesmerizing.Â
Finished with cocktail hour, we headed to dinner at Quay, which is considered one of the very best restaurants in Australia.Â It’s perfectly located also across from the Opera House so our viewing of the light show continued all evening. Â The food was amazing, the wine was exquisite, and the company was fabulous … a truly magical night and a far cry from fighting the elements in the Tasman Sea!