June 23th & June 24th, 2012
We woke up bright and early to head out to Hunter Valley for some wine tasting. Of course, since I’m from the States and since I am under 21, I had to take advantage of this legal opportunity to go wine tasting. We went to four different wineries and by the end of it I was super drowsy and tired of all the wine. However, it was altogether a fun time and I felt quite fancy as a wine connoisseur. I also used this wine trip to do some souvenir shopping for the relatives back in LA that I plan to visit at the end of this trip!
I began my Sunday morning going to Hillsongs church with Joyce, Jane, and Claire. After service we headed off to the Museum of Sydney. Katie and Dan joined us for the museum. The other day I read in a Sydney magazine that there was a Wartime Sydney on the Home Front exhibit. And of course, the history nerd in me could not resist missing out on a WWII exhibit. Because Sydney is a colony of Britain, it really doesn’t have much of a history of it’s own. Even in the museum, learning about Australia’s point of view during the war… turns out that they didn’t really have a point of view. Because they were allied with the British, they didn’t really have a choice but to go to war against Germany. And as far as I’m concerned, they were used more as a military base. Because Australia is located in since the pacific and close to Japan, it was a good placement as a military arsenal. Of course, Australia did have their fair share of involvement in the war, like being bombed by the Japanese in Darwin, but it’s often times overlooked because the country is so far off the map. But overall it was interesting seeing that WWII did connect everyone in the world, even the countries we often forget about. I digress.
After the museum we walked around on of my favorite areas of Sydney, the Rocks. We grabbed a small dinner and headed back to BU to get ready to go out to a little bar for a fun, chill night. On the way home, we decided it was time to replace the cups for beer pong. Funny side note, they actually called red solo cups “American Party Cups” here. Hilarious. Unfortunately, red solo cups are ridiculously hard to find here, so we got a little creative :)