10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 11 Hummer, Didgeridoos, Sunshine

10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Day 11 Hummer, Didgeridoos, Sunshine

Day 11 – Sydney (Wednesday 24 February 2016)
Day 11 of the 10th Unlock the Past cruise, and we made it back to Australian land with Sydney being our first of four stops. And the beautiful weather that we ordered most certainly delivered. It was a magnificent “blue-sky-not-a-cloud-in-the-sky-warm-day”. In other words a perfect day to walk around Sydney. And also after New Zealand’s cooler weather it was so nice to feel the sun again.

While the rest of the UTP team went ashore for a shore seminar held at the Society of Australian Genealogists, I went ashore and wandered around for a few hours. As there was a big ship docked in Circular Quay, our ship had to moor out in the harbour, and were ferried ashore.

I walked around Circular Quay, so of course I saw the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. But I also went to the Botanic Gardens which is lovely, though did seem to have a high number of joggers I had to get out of the way of. But other things I saw on my walking travels was a stretch Hummer (as you’d expect, eh?), a number of buskers including an Aboriginal didgeridoo player. That awesome sound was certainly got the attention of the tourists. I also saw a gent dressed up as Captain Cook, not to mention the primary school kids dressed as convicts.

After several hours of walking (and apparently getting a touch sunburnt), I decided to head back to the ship to spend the afternoon blogging.

As our ship didn’t leave Sydney until 10pm, I headed ashore again to catch up with a bunch of genie friends from Sydney for dinner. A big thankyou to Jill Ball, Kerry Farmer, Melissa Hulbert, Lilian Magill, Jenny Joyce, Rosemary Kopittke, Helen Smith and Judy G. Russell for a wonderful time. I was a lovely dinner and great conversation all night.

While the dinner was great, and the trip back the the ship as dusk was stunning, unfortunately it did mean that I missed out on Shauna Hicks’ talk on “Missing an Ancestor: Try Looking Behind Bars! Police records” which would have great to hear. Hopefully I’ll hear it sometime somewhere in the future.

the Celebrity Solstice docked in Sydney

the Celebrity Solstice docked in Sydney

selfie at the Sydney Opera House

selfie at the Sydney Opera House

selfie at Sydney's "coathanger"

selfie at Sydney’s “coathanger”

The Rocks area of Sydney

The Rocks area of Sydney

a stretch Hummer ... just another day in Sydney

a stretch Hummer … just another day in Sydney

the Asian garden section of the Sydney Botanical Gardens

the Asian garden section of the Sydney Botanical Gardens

the Sydney Botanical Garden

the Sydney Botanical Garden

a didgeridoo player at Circular Quay, Sydney

a didgeridoo player at Circular Quay, Sydney

dinner with some of Sydney genies

dinner with some of Sydney genies

Rosemary Kopittke and Judy G. Russell heading back to the ship after a day in Sydney

Rosemary Kopittke and Judy G. Russell heading back to the ship after a day in Sydney

Judy G. Russell photographed all of Sydney

Judy G. Russell photographed all of Sydney

We still have 7 more days of geneacruising to go. Which means more genealogy and more trouisting to come …

Related Posts:
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 1-3 Embarking, Roses and Glow-worms
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 4-6 Genealogy, Crazy Wind and Step Record
10th Unlock the Past Cruise: Days 7-10 Chocolate, Bagpipes, Mountains and Talks Galore

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