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We flew out of Christchurch and into Sydney. The flight from Sydney to Singapore has a morning time, so the only way we could come back from Christchurch was on the previous day, and then stay over in Sydney for a day.

Which is what we had to do.

In fact, as per plan, we were to go and see the England-Australia test match that was going on at that time, and that one day that we were in Sydney, was the fourth day of the test match. We had taken advance tickets for the same too.

Except that Australia decided to win the test match in only 3 days, and there was NO play on the 4th day. So our tickets went for a refund, but we had not planned anything else to do in Sydney.

We went off to the harbour, and did some stuff there, before heading back to the hotel, as it was extremely hot out there, in Sydney.

Some photos from this one day at Sydney, on our way back:

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Post Sydney, we headed to Singapore, where we chose to take a short 3 days break, before returning back to Mumbai.

Singapore is a modern and efficient city, with new things coming up all the time.

Check pictures of our 3 days at Singapore..

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With the Singapore leg ended our fabulous vacation of Dec 2013-Jan 2014.

And we headed back home to Mumbai, and back to routine.. 🙂

We flew out from Mumbai in the morning, headed to Singapore, had a short break at Singapore, before heading off to Sydney. We arrived early morning the next day, at Sydney, and had an onward flight to Auckland, only late in the evening. With a whole day at our disposal, we went into Sydney city, on the Boxing Day, and managed to catch a little bit of the beautiful Australian city.

We had taken Australian visas – in fact, as our original plans had an Australian part of the vacation – and these were necessary to get out into Sydney city. Although strictly speaking, for a transit halt, of no more than 72 hours, one could take a different kind of visa meant for the purpose, and which was also free of cost (as against the cost one has to pay for a regular tourist visa).

We had the other challenge, that of our bags. We needed to get our bags off, once we reached Sydney, and check-in again, with our bags, on our flight to Auckland. This was because the two sectors were independently booked, and not part of a single booking. Now we can’t haul around our bags all day, as we move around Sydney city. So what do we do?

Well, most airports provide baggage storage services, and we found the one at Sydney airport. There were two kinds – one, of an expensive nature, but which was within the terminal building, and the other, in the separate parking building of the airport, but which was far more affordable. We searched, found and used the latter.

Then, as we were four of us, we opted to take a cab (4 train or bus tickets would have been more money than a cab ride!) to central Sydney, and from where we opted to take one of those hop-on-hop-off open-top bus tours, and explore the city.

The Sydney Opera, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach were some of the places visited during the day. Some pictures follow herebelow..

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