I was looking through some old pictures tonight and found some that I took during my first trip to Australia. I was really excited for this trip as I would be teaching a course on my sixth continent.
My first trip to Australia was in December 2004 and followed right on the heels of a trip to Germany. When I first made the arrangements for the trip to Australia the trip to Germany was not on my schedule. However, I had to go to Germany as we were finalists in a global company competition. We ended up winning the award, so it was worth only have a day at home between trips.
I could have shared some personal pictures of some friends that I met the first day in Australia, I can’t share pictures of my class, but I will share some pictures of a Saturday spent touring through downtown Sydney.
The day was overcast and a bit chilly. Of course who would think of sunscreen on a day like that. I ended up getting a bit of a sunburn.
Here is a picture that I took after crossing the bridge. In the many trips to Australia since that time I don’t remember walking all the way across the bridge again. I have walked out onto the bridge, but not too far.
The skyline of Sydney has change a bit since this time, with eight more buildings in the CBD over 150m (~500 feet) tall. However, it will soon undergo a major transformation with several buildings under construction and quite a few approved, including a new tallest for the CBD.
After crossing back over the bridge I wandered by the Sydney Opera House and through the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was a full day of walking.
I did not have a chance to see the downtown area at night on that trip as I had to find my way to the company Christmas party that was held at a yacht club. I was able to figure out the trains and buses and made it in time.
I have some good memories of that first trip. I see many of the people I met during that first on my return trips. However, mostly personal friends now, as there are only a few who are still with the company after 16 years. Several have retired, and others have moved on to other opportunities.