Oz Bound!

This morning we checked out of the YMCA Christchurch, but left our bags in storage while we killed some time before our afternoon flight to Sydney. We spent part of the time walking around the Botanic Gardens for a while. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are some of the best I’ve seen, with a lovely layout and chock full of flowers and an amazing variety of plant specimens everywhere. The Dahlia beds and the Rose Garden were particularly lovely.

More photos from the gardens:

In the afternoon, we picked up our packs at the YMCA and walked a few blocks to catch the bus to go to to the airport. As we winged our way west towards Australia, I was a bit sad to say so long to New Zealand. I hope very much that I’ll visit again someday soon.

Once on the ground in Australia, we navigated customs and took the train into Sydney to meet our friend Lisa. She and her husband Mark have kindly offered to put us up for a few days in Sydney. They have lived in Sydney for over a year, and its nice to have someone to host us in the big city. She met us downtown from where we took a bus back to her neighborhood. After dropping our bags at the apartment, we met up with Mark at an Indian restaurant for a delicious dinner to start off our Australian Adventure.

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