Watching the explosions far below us makes us aware of the height of our apartment.
On a warm summer day in December coming from Auckland we arrive in Sydney and check into our apartment. From the 62nd floor we have an incredible view of Darling Harbour with its many restaurants and pubs, which is just a few minutes walk away. Our apartment is in a prime position to view the weekly fireworks. Watching the explosions far below us makes us aware of the height of our apartment.
The finals of the Extreme Sailing Series will take place between the Opera House and Botanical Gardens during our stay. Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, the leading duo of the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team won their first olympic gold medal (Tornado class) here in Sydney in 2000 followed by a second one in Athens in 2004. Hans-Peter is from our home region and I had the pleasure to join him and Roman twice sailing their 40-foot carbon catamaran.
Of course, we have to watch these extreme racing machines battle each other in the beautiful surroundings of the Sydney harbour during the next few days. The buoys are so close to the shore that the spectacular manoeuvres happen just a few meters off the crowd.
Of course we can’t miss a visit to Sydneys famous Bondi beach. Luckily Maxi, our girls’ favourite live saver of TV series Bondi Rescue is on duty today.
After five days in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, we are looking forward to the slower paced Hobart, capital of the Australian island state of Tasmania. We will spend the next six months here, Pia and Cosima will attend school for one semester after the summer holidays and Emilia will continue her medical studies.