My second week in Sydney was a lot more fun and active, on account of the fact that my cough was FINALLY clearing up and I could go out and enjoy some of this fabulous city! There were definitely some highlights, the first was Bondi Beach. It took me about an hour to get to the Beach on transit, I had been there last week but only during the evening for dinner, and I hadn’t had the full-on BONDI experience that I wanted! Once I got to the beach, I snooped around a bit, checking out the shops and getting some lunch. The beach is beautiful, not like the other beaches in Australia because it is surrounded by city buildings and shops, not at all secluded and tranquil like some of the spots I’ve seen but still really beautiful. The beach was not to crowded as it was a weekday, but it was super windy so I couldn’t lie on the beach too long. Wah! After my beach day i was finding sand in my hair, my ears, and my clothes for a while – dammit!
Another highlight of my touristy week was checking out the famous Sydney Harbor and the Opera House. I took the train into town and got off at Circular Quay station, the heart of all the tourist action in downtown Sydney. It is unreal. I am not exaggerating when I say it is one of the most iconic and beautiful harbors I have seen in my life. I touristed around the Opera House, goggling at it from up close and from every angle – its has such an unusual shape, its hard to figure out how it stands up! I also took a walk around The Rocks, which is a tourist district on the harbor where all the convicts settled by the port, kind of rough and tumble area in its day. It’s completely sanitized now, while still retaining its charm as a historical district. I stopped in at one of the delicious bakeries in the area and had a yummy lunch consisting entirely of baked goods (oops) and I regret NOTHING! NOTHING!
Some of the other highlights of the week included the customs building which had a miniature replica of the city under glass in the front foyer so you could actually see all of the city from above, and going for dinner at Wagyu in Chinatown where you could order all your food from screens on your table that was instantly brought out to you as soon as it was ready – no waiter required! I also sampled some Nitrogen Gelato (heaps better than boring normal gelato) and hung out one evening in Darling Harbor, a beautiful harbor on the other side of Sydney with a gorgeous view of the city and great nightlife! My next stop was the Blue Mountains – it’s time to climb some steps, baby!
- Living in a Van Down By the Ocean (awklanders.wordpress.com)
- Greetings from Sydney (jamierichards4.wordpress.com)
- Harboured in Sydney (2canadians.wordpress.com)