I’ll start with the obligatory tourist photos; Sydney’s two most recognizable landmarks, the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Having seen them on previous trips, it wasn’t as big a deal this time around.
With most social gatherings, food is involved. With family gatherings, usually there is more food involved. With so many relatives in Australia (almost 30 by my count), there was a lot of food involved. All of it was very tasty, and I ate more than I should have on several occasions. I find it fortunate that I only came back home five pounds heavier than when I left. The first photo shows the food present at one family dinner. The second photo shows the damage done by myself and Sandy at a sushi boat/train restaurant in downtown Sydney.
Su Su’s wedding was the main reason for the trip. It was in Carcoar, a small town of less than 400 residents 250km west of Sydney. It was a slightly wet, but very beautiful ceremony held on the groom’s family ranch.
On the way back from Carcoar, we stopped in Bathurst, home to the famous Bathurst 1000 endurance race held each year at the Mount Panorama Circuit. To my surprise, the circuit is open to the public when the race is not going on as it is a public road. There are houses and a hotel along the circuit road. The posted speed limit is 60kph, but that didn’t stop one of us (not me) from attempting to tackle the course’s massive uphill corners and speedy downhill chicanes in a simple Honda Civic (video of the lap forthcoming). The smell of tormented brake pads and tires followed shortly afterwards. The below photo shows a more legal and humorous way to tackle the corners on this track.
Shortly after those shenanigans, we stopped for lunch in Bathurst. With a group of 25 people in a small Thai restaurant in a small town, they gave us the entire patio area to arrange ourselves. The restaurant had set up one long table to accomodate us, but some of us (not me) felt a different layout would make communicating and passing food around easier. The below photos shows the result of that, a J-shaped table.