#10 Attend the US Open

21 Jan

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We actually did #10 back in August 2012, but since its on the list it deserves a quick post.

We bought grounds passes for the day so we could attend more matches but managed to sneak into the Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch Andy Murray. Murray then went on to win The US Open 2012 so it was great that we got to see him play. The photo below was taken just after we got in and found some empty seats. You can’t really see it in this photo without zooming in but Nick is pointing to the big writing saying “NO ENTRY TO ARTHUR ASHE”. Cheeky!

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#31 Watch a movie at the OpenAir Cinema

18 Jan

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I know that #31 isn’t supposed to exist on a 30 under 30 list, but rules are made to be broken and this experience was absolutely worth a mention. I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where you can watch a movie outside, on a 30 degree night, with such an iconic background. Sometimes I found myself watching the view instead of the screen!

Two good friends of ours managed to get four tickets to this sell-out event. Each year the St George OpenAir Cinema runs for the month of January and it sells out online within minutes. So we were pretty happy that they chose to invite us!

I can see why the event is a sell-out every year. You are able arrive early for a glass of champagne (or a bottle) at the outdoor bar and watch the sunset over the harbour. When it gets dark enough a screen comes up from the ground letting you know that its time to go to your seat… and you are allowed to take your glass (bottle) of champagne with you!

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Oh, and the movie playing that night was The Impossible. A very emotional true story and a miracle! Worth watching if you remember the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

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#9 Walk Over Tower Bridge

14 Jan

ImageThis post doesn’t really need much of a description (but I do want to point out that we were in London and its WASN’T raining!). We just thought it would be an interesting challenge to walk over different iconic bridges in different cities. Not because its difficult to walk over them… because its not easy to get to all of these places in such a short amount of time. So far we’ve crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge and now Tower Bridge. Having this blog is great because it makes us commit to activities that we may otherwise skip over!Image

17 December 2012

#18 Climb the Eiffel Tower

11 Jan

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Who wouldn’t want to be in the city of love with the one that you love! It’s so sad to think that we were there only a week ago. Paris, je t’aime!

Climbing the Eiffel Tower is a must for anyone visiting Paris. We pre-booked online for a city bus tour and ‘skip the line’ Eiffel Tower tickets. This will cost you a bit more than just turning up and waiting in line (€40 instead of €5), however, a 15 minute wait time in comparison to a three hour wait time is well worth it! Plus, you get a 90 minute bus tour of Paris where they drive you past all of the major city icons. Oh, and you won’t have to climb the 1665 stairs like everyone else. You get to take a 30 second cable car right up to the second level (that’s worth the extra €35 right there!). 

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The view from the second level on the Eiffel Tower. We were lucky enough to be up there as the sun was setting.

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2 January 2013

#21 Ride Together on the London Eye

9 Jan

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We had both been to London a few times independently but neither of us had been on the London Eye, so it was nice to experience this with each other during our first trip to London together.

It takes 30 minutes for the London Eye to make the full circle, giving you plenty of time to take in the fantastic views and admire the great span of the city from above. Typically, it was raining, but visibility was still quite clear.

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The capsules are equipped with interactive screens which are extremely useful for information on what buildings you are looking at and their history as you move around the journey.

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Like any tourist attraction, there is an opportunity for a souvenir photo at the end of the journey. You are told to stand in a marked area and pose for the photo. Would you believe that when this photo was taken (below) we thought it had been taken about a minute beforehand. This wasn’t our intended pose for the photo!

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An absolutely amazing souvenir photo! Even the sales assistants in the shop were laughing at it. Probably the best £10 we have ever spent!

20 December 2012

#24 Attend a Coldplay Concert!

20 Nov

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Finally! Thanks to Coldplay we get to make our first post and what a great first post to make! We were lucky enough to go see these guys on Sunday 18 November 2012 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Easily one of the best concerts we’ve both been to.

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Originally there was only meant to be one Sydney concert to promote their new album, Mylo Xyloto, but it sold out so quickly that they announced another and after attending one, you can see why! From start to finish it was a complete audio and visual experience and every Coldplay classic performed. Yellow. Paradise. Fix You. Clocks. Speed of Sound. If it was a hit, they played it! Confetti shot up into the air raining over everyone (Nick almost inhaled some! It was hilarious!), beach balls bounced around the crowd and lasers lit up the stadium. However, by far the most amazing sight was watching over 50,000 lights around people’s wrists (given upon entrance) pulse to the music.

To top it all off, on the way out of the stadium, they were handing out Coldplay fridge magnets. #24 and #8 both accomplished in one night!

Fridge magnet #3 out of 30! (With a heart shaped piece of confetti from the concert!)