Sydney – Auckland

Travel day! This morning we had breakfast in the shared kitchen of our hostel in Sydney! Then we arrived by train to the airport and with Virgin Australia to New Zealand!

Everything worked out great! Food on board was also good! Customs control went smoothly. We were well informed beforehand and had no forbidden things like .B apples with us. But the official wanted to see our shoe soles if there was soil underneath! It took us a little while to get our rental car. There was no phone number or company name on the confirmation email. So we had to buy a SIM card for the mobile phone, download the app and call. We went with a shuttle bus about 10 min to the rental station. Drive left, steer right! To our hostel it was about 15 min where we were shopping in the meantime.


Sydney – Bondi Beach – Parrots – Ferry Sunset

In Hop on – Hop off we drove to the famous Bondi Beach. About 7 km from Sydney's centrum. He hid in the dense fog. We got off a bit further and ran back to the coast. Very nice path, steep cliffs and exclusive houses, mostly with pool. We have seen many free-living colorful Loris. Back at Bondi Beach, the visibility was clear at 28 degrees. The beach there is beautiful white, the water 21 degrees cold, the surf good for surfers. A lot of people are there. Reiner preferred to try the sports equipment on the beach, I was swimming in the Tasman Sea.

After that, the bus took us back to the city centre. We looked at the Opera House and harbour bridge from the Botanical Garden and watched Ibis and Kakadu. At 7.35pm we went by fast ferry to Manly Beach and back. The skyline from the water and at sunset was super beautiful. Unfortunately Reiner got a headache and we went back to the hotel afterwards.

I took a delicious salad and fruit with me on the way.


Flight – Sydney – Hop on, hop off

We arrived in Sydney this morning. By the way, the flight here was associated with some obstacles. In Kalibo we were able to use our Visa No. for Australia. Our SIM cards have expired the day and the WIFI hasn't worked either. They then let us fly to Manila. There we had to check in again with luggage. For our backpacks they have charged us an extra baggage fee of 8400 PHP ( 150 EUR). No extra baggage was requested at the time of booking and I assumed that at least one parcel of luggage is free for international flights. Not at CEBU ! Food and drink, such as .B water, coffee of the noodle soup is also all chargeable on board or can only be ordered in advance online. And this on a flight of 9 h 25 min. Then the plane to Manila was two hours late. Our stay of originally 5 hours, has shrunk completely and become quite scarce. The terminals in Manila are only connected by a crowded shuttle bus (which runs once an hour) and the taxi. Since I had spent our last peso for luggage and phone card, we had to take the bus. Our luggage has been thoroughly checked and opened at least 4 times. In Australia, we were so waved through for that. We are ruckizucki through customs control and have not even had to show our visa. Is probably everything stored in the computer. Nice weather at 27 degrees and a small fresh breeze. We are now 10 h earlier than CET Time. For the first time we had breakfast at the airport, pulled Australian dollars and bought a SIM card. With the train/metro we went to our hotel in the city center. Since we are in Sydney only as a stop-over, we decided to hop on – hop off BigBus. So you get a good overview of the most important sights and a bit of background information.

In the evening we ate a veggie burger with fries overlooking the marina.


Kalibo – Manila – Sydney

Morning rainy weather in Kalibo. 29 degrees.

In a propeller machine we went from Kalibo to Manila. We were sitting at the emergency exit in the opposite direction. But it had a little more foot space.

Silke + Reiner