Enjoying all that Australia has to offer!
March 28th, 2013
Brad’s trip to Australia has been full of surprises, connections and excitement. Each day has been a new adventure. Imagine waking up every day on beautiful Manly Bay… as Brad explains, “it feels just like a little island”. From Manly Bay Brad took a ferry over to Sydney. What makes the area so unique is that lot of people don’t use cars because everything is by ferry. We found this great video of a ferry ride from Manly Bay to Sydney, the views are spectacular! (Credit: Marcus Bosano) Check out this great picture of Brad, you can see the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background! Isn’t it beautiful?
We never get tired of seeing the Sydney Opera House, who could? It’s such a beautiful strong building with so much history. Did you know that 233 designs were submitted for the Opera House design competition that was held in 1956. The original estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million. The final cost of Sydney Opera House was $102 million! The ferry from Manly Bay to Sydney offers passengers this amazing view. Brad couldn’t help but snap some photos. We know that we would love to see this beautiful work of architecture in person but Brad’s great pictures make us feel like we’re right there with him.
While Australia is definitely a relaxing and carefree place to be, something that many of you may not know about is that lurking within Australian waters are a great number of sharks. Australians have always been concerned about the risk of shark attacks. The good news is that fatal shark attacks occur relatively infrequently in Australian waters – over the last 50 years there have been 53 fatal attacks, which is approximately one fatal attack per year. Part of the reason for such infrequent attacks has been the unique ways Australians have learned to deal with the issue. Australia has invested a great deal of time and money to keep its people safe from the dangerous waters. In order to keep people safe while enjoying the ocean, ‘fences’ have been built to act as a barrier between humans and the risky open waters. We’re glad these fences are keeping Brad safe while he’s enjoying the beautiful beaches!
The picture on the left shows the swimming pool that allows bathers to enjoy the views of the ocean without worrying about any pesky sharks! The middle picture shows the swimming pool built right off the ocean. The picture on the right shows how connected the ocean and swimming pool are!
After enjoying a beautiful morning and afternoon in Sydney, Brad met up with his old friend, Elisa. They met at a “barby” (Australian for BBQ!) on the beach and then headed over to Little Manly Beach. Brad and Elisa met up with a bunch of Elisa’s friends at the beach and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and warm sunshine as the sun slowly set over the water. Australian beaches are full of excitement and music. People play all different types of music and bands often perform late into the night, right on the beach. After spending time with Elise’s friends, they headed over to catch a bit of live reggae music right on the beach.
A great view at the bar looking out at the water!
Saying Australia is beautiful is definitely an understatement. If you’ve been lucky enough to travel ‘down under’ you probably know what we’re talking about. Brad has really taken a liking to the land of kangaroo’s and Marmite over the past couple of weeks (can you blame him?). The biggest news of all is that even after being in Australia for nearly two weeks, Brad realized he still has so much to do and so many places to see. He has made the decision to spend another week enjoying what Australia has to offer. We have to say that if anyone deserves an extended vacation, it’s Brad. hHe has worked tirelessly around the clock, 7 days a week, for the past three years! We don’t know anyone who deserves it more than him.