Happy Holidays

I had this whole post prepared about Oprahmania down under and how all the Aussies got their knickers in a twist about a famous person visiting and telling them how wonderful their country is. But as the days slipped past and her Winfreyness was relegated further and further back in the papers, it just didn’t seem all that interesting anymore so I dropped the post. (I was also sick in the meantime and didn’t have much else to write about to be honest.)

But now that Christmas is almost around the corner, there are lots of fun things going on in the city and I’m sure you’re all dying to see what the holidays look like down under. One word: fireworks. I love fireworks for any occasion but here they’re almost pushing it. So far we’ve seen at least four separate firework displays and heard a few more in the distance. Are they testing their stuff for New Year’s Eve? Or did they order too many crackers and now need to blow some off before the big night? It’s a little puzzling. But very pretty nonetheless…

Apart from fireworks every other night, Sydneysides also seem to be very fond of light shows. All around the CDB (that’s Australian for ‘Central Business District’, what you and me know as ‘Downtown’), historical buildings are illuminated every night with varying light shows.

Sydney Townhall looking festive bathed in lights

They seem to have spent a lot more time with the light show at St. Mary's Cathedral than at the Townhall...

The video below of St. Mary’s Cathedral (same church as the image above) isn’t very good quality unfortunately but I’ll try and go back one of these nights with our super tripod and see if I can get a better version. It really is very impressive, especially the rain falling down and actually moving around parts of the architecture.

More photos in the gallery

6 Responses to “Happy Holidays”

  1. Curt says:

    Simply wonderful. Will there be a blog about the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground? Love you guys!

  2. Nora says:

    Sorry but Boxing Day sports reporting will be strictly confined to the Sydney – Hobart race. Maybe someone can bring a radio along and we’ll sneak some cricket references in there as well… 😉

  3. Curt says:

    Forget Sydney-Hobart (there’s always shit weather in the Tasman Strait anyway). This is where it’s at: http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2010-11/content/current/story/494052.html
    Babbo musste sogar noch kurz beim Frühstück mit mir gucken 🙂

  4. Nora says:

    We ended up watching cricket after all because it rained too much to go for a picnic and instead we had some friends over and the British man had to watch the match. (Hi Simon! :)) saw the start of the race though. Quite entertaining.

  5. Alex says:

    In the video, is the Cathedral melting then being eaten by butterflies or what’s the story?

    Galery pics:

    I want to be buried in that cemetery.

    Wow, there’s like one wave per surfer, I used to dream of that in L.A.

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