Wake up America! I believe as I write this some of you will be starting your day. It is 10:30 P.M. here in Sydney and we are concluding Day 4 of our travels. I have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful city before when I studied abroad in undergrad so I had a decent idea of what to expect. Having said that, Sydney has exceeded expectations once again. Today we struggled through another 80 degree blue sky filled adventure. We started out the morning visiting Baker and Mackenzie, a very large law firm with a global presence. After a brief wait in there lobby (full harbor views provided at no cost), we met with one of the partners for a discussion on the major differences between U.S. and Australian law as it pertains to international white collar crime. The presentation was extremely well prepared and very informative. You could tell she took great pride in her role within the firm and took the role as presenter to our group very seriously. I need to borrow some of her motivation in a few weeks when finals roll around.
After exiting Baker, we headed back to the hostel and had a free afternoon. As a few members of the group headed out in an attempt to find a lunch spot for less than $90, I decided to partake in my daily ritual of running across the bridge and neighboring suburbs. The run just simply never gets old. My next workout in the states will be extremely disappointing in terms of the scenery. After my run, we headed off to Bondi Beach. After a few minor disagreements with the Sydney bus systems, we arrived at the beach. To say there is a better beach in the world would be a flat out lie. In an attempt to capture the beauty I took a few pictures, but in all honesty they don’t even come close to providing an accurate representation. In the spirit of Australia, we sampled a schooner of the local adult beverage of choice at a swimming club balcony bar with sweeping views of the entire beach. Eventually, with extreme reluctance, we left Bondi and headed back into the city. For the record, the trip back went a little smoother. More bus, less walking.
After a quick shower, we headed up to the rooftop of our hostel (which provides harbor views as well) for a group picture and dinner. After dinner, we headed next door to the Shangri La hotel rooftop bar located on the 37th floor. The views up there, as most have been so far, were simply breathtaking. Goodnight Australia, and good morning America. Day 5 will be here before we know it and I have the alarm set at 6 a.m. for a sunrise bridge run. (insert hashtags here)