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One Week in Sydney

There’s not much to say about it. After the long flight, we checked into the hotel and slept for a few hours. I went for a swim to wake up, which kind of worked and then we met a partner for a meeting. Finally, after a 6pm dinner, I went to sleep…waking up at 3am and then again at 5:30am.

Highlights of the trip?

1. Running in the Sydney Marathon: Well OK, not the marathon, but the 9k that started right after the marathon. It was great because they shut down the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and we got to run across it. All 25k of us. Also, I ran it in 48 minutes, a 8:40 pace – my fastest race ever, though I’ve only run like 2 races.

Sydney Bridge Run

Sydney Bridge Run

2. The Wagyu Steak at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney: Now normally, hotel restaurants scare me. Officially the “Rangers Valley 400 day grain fed wagyu entrecote, score 7-8, 250g, mushrooms, capers and bone marrow jus”. It was awesome. When it arrived pre-sliced, I was concerned but it was amazingly tender and rich. You could enjoy this steak for an hour.

3. Marlborough Pinot Noirs of New Zealand: Being sick I didn’t get to drink that many glasses of wine, but every glass of pinot I had from Marlborough was a delight. Very subtle stuff.

4. Laksa – I haven’t found good Laksa in all of NY and I miss it. Luckily, there was a place next to the hotel dishing out rich bowls of this coconut-based, hot and spicy soup for $9 AUD. Perfect food for a boy with a flu. I think Topics in Seattle Chinatown does a pretty good job too, if you’re interested.

5. In general, there is a real focus on the origins of the food you eat. Many restaurants promote the farmers and ranchers they get their stuff from.

The downsides? This is Australia, so there aren’t that many

1. Being sick. Ugh. I missed out on my one free day.

2. Long hours in hot rooms repeating the same product overviews over and over again. Sometimes we were also the therapists of the group…

3. Food prices in Sydney are HIGH. Really high. it’s an expensive place.

4. The long flight. 21 hours of flying. Jet lag totally sucked.

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