Vodacom SuperGees Tour Day 1
The SuperGees Tour Group got together at O.R. Tambo international airport, and had a couple drinks before the flight in the Bidvest Premier Lounge. We got to meet all the winners as well as Vodacom representatives and exchange our different stories leading to the final.
Everybody was really stoked that the final was in Sydney, but slightly sad that no South African team was featuring in the final. In total, there was 23 South Africans about to embark on the most epic trip ever. We were all buzzing with excitement, as Vodacom went all out with the itinerary.
We hopped onto the plane, and soon we set off into the night skies on Qantas flight QF64 to Sydney. We were offered dinner – Chicken or Beef, by an Australian Air Hostess with a haircut with military precision. This was also evident in her actions, as she did not take much nonsense from the passengers. She reminded me of “Juffrou Rottemeier”.
We were greeted in Sydney by our Tour Guide, Alex. We got onto the bus, and Alex instructed us to fasten our seatbelts – yes, seatbelts on a bus! And we were off. Vodacom arranged accommodation at the Amora Hotel in Jamison Street, Sydney.
We were in Walking Distance of the Opera House, Darling Harbour, Botanical Gardens and many pubs and restaurants in the city. “Walking Distance” was really not that far, but as South Africans who love to get into the car and drive to the shop around the corner, it was a little unusual to walk.
Dinner was at Phillip’s Foote that was just around the corner, within Walking Distance. The restaurant offered a selection of meats that is barbequed (Australian for Braai) by patrons to their exact requirements, and served with a selection of sides.
All the meat looked so good, but I decided to go for the lamb. And let me tell you this, Australian lamb is fairly good! The meat was BBQ’d, sides were dished up, and the first Australian beer was poured. The South Africans got to know one another, and soon we could see that this trip was going to be epic. After dinner, a chocolate mud pie cake was served with coffee.
Right there on the first evening, I managed to eat so much that the “Walking Distance” trip back to the hotel, was too short to burn all those calories. Little did I know that this evening set the tone for the rest of the trip – lots of laughs, drinks, and food and epic memories!