Date: March 21-23, 2017
Location: Sydney – NSW, Australia
Sorry to have been MIA the last few days. I spent my last few days in Sydney just wandering the city and meeting new people.
I walked down to the Sydney Harbour. I saw the seal of the Sydney Opera House, which to be honest, I didn’t even know was a “thing” until my friend demanded I take a picture of the seal for her. Ha! I proceeded around the corner (away from the bridge) and ended up in the Royal Botanic Gardens. So much green in the middle of the city, I was loving it! There was an Australian Banyan tree that was thriving there that was planted almost 170 years ago! I enjoyed a cappuccino sitting outside the garden’s cafe watching the birds and admiring the lilies that were in the pond.
After my morning stroll I made my way back to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I wanted to walk across is to get a better picture of the Opera House and the Sydney skyline. The walk was fairly easy, the bridge is not very long. The weather was also perfect, so that helps a lot.
Eventually I came back to my hostel to relax and shower. My hostel was hosting a trivia night in the basement bar, so I figured I’d give it a shot and meet some new people as well. I ended up joining a team with several college-aged Europeans (three British and two German). They are all visiting Australia for three months (currently a month into that) and are looking for jobs in Sydney so they can stay here. Not going to lie, I was pretty jealous. I like to think I’m ballsy, but then I meet people like them and realize – I’m not. Pretty brave of them to come to a country on the other side of the world from home with no set plan and just figuring it out as they go along. We ended up coming in second place during the trivia night (three rounds, and we only lost to first place by half a point!). We won free drink vouchers for the bar. I can’t forget I have those vouchers before I leave here on Thursday!
The following day (Wednesday), I got an early start to my day because the weather is supposed to turn sour in the afternoon. Checked out a hidden alleyway that a friend had told me about that’s not too far from my hostel. I’ll write up another blog just for that because it’s a pretty cool story. [So stay tuned!]
I also did some shopping. Out with the old and in with the new! I purchased a new backpacking backpack at Kathmandu (an Aussie outdoor gear shop). They’re currently having their fall sale, so the deals were plentiful. I think I might write another blog “a letter” to my first backpacking backpack… Keep an eye out.
My hostel did a trip to Bondi & Coogee Beach on Wednesday; However, I opted out since the weather wasn’t supposed to be great after noon today. It turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day outside. Kicking myself for playing it safe on that one… Thursday had a lesser chance for rain, so I figured I’d head out there then to check out Sydney’s most famous beaches.
Thursday morning, I hopped on the train from Central to Bondi Junction, and then a bus to Bondi Beach. No rain but it had been cloudy all morning, but I HAD to go. After ten minutes sitting on the beach, I was freezing and ready to go home. Instead, I forced mysef to sit there a bit longer and enjoy the beach. The beach itself is absolutely gorgeous. And the waves were pretty big, so there were a lot of surfers out riding the waves. After an hour, I told myself I had earned the right to go home so I took public tranport back to Central.
Thursday night. My last night in Sydney. I had been hanging out with my fellow roommates on Wednesday so we decided we’d all go to a popular nightclub in Sydney called “Ivy”. This place did not disappoint. There’s so many levels, different music playing in each area, and LOADS of people from all over the world. We danced the night away…
We didn’t get back to the hostel until 3:30 am and my alarm was set for 5:30 because I had to get to the airport for my flight to Cairns. So I didn’t get any sleep in fear of missing my flight.
Nevertheless, off to Cairns I go!!