Day 19: January 26, 2014
This is the first day of my three-day trek back to Illinois. Today I flew from Queenstown, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. The flight was several hours and about 1,200 miles. When I got to Sydney about 3:30 pm, I checked into my hotel at the airport then took a subway downtown. The car I road in looked new. Parts of the subway system looked new and other parts looked like vintage 1940’s, but always clean. Today was Australia Day. I first stopped at Cockle Bay (Darling Harbor) where there would be fireworks after sundown. I walked around the crowd, had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and listed to some music before leaving for Sydney Cove (Sydney Harbor) to see the famous Sydney Opera House and bridge crossing the bay. It was fun and I wish I had more time to stay to enjoy all of the festivities. I took the subway back to my hotel for an early night.