Farewell Sydney

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Oberon Street, Coogee. Blair Street, North Bondi

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My time in Sydney is coming to an end and I realised I haven't updated anyone with my adventures over the weeks since January! The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, so now seems like a good time for me to wrap up warm and tell you my tales.........

Many many weeks ago I decided I had to visit the Terracotta Warriors exhibition being housed at Sydney Art Gallery of NSW (New South Wales). After repeatedly seeing posters reminding me the exhibit was coming to an end I went along with a friend to the art after-hours opening. This included late night entry into the Gallery and a chance to watch a Chinese themed film. After submerging myself with history from China 210 BC and seeing a set of the actual warriors so close I could almost touch them I was left quiet and contemplative.  The extreme size of the tomb and the sheer quantity of warriors that have been discovered left me in awe. How could something so intricate and advanced be constructed so efficiently all those years ago, in a time that I can only imagine as a distant legend. The idea of a trip to discover China is becoming more appealing!
A journey to Sydney would not be complete without a visit the Blue Mountains, I have tried to do just this. I chose one of the wettest days I've seen here for a while. So of coarse visibility was extremely poor. I didn't catch a glimpse of the supposed lush rolling valleys and mountains. I did however encounter leaches, kangaroos, horses and various other fauna and flora. The bus driver-come-tour guide educated and entertained us with stories about the surrounding areas, history and the indigenous people, this I found to be the most interesting part considering the dismal weather.

The activity taking up most of my time, as I'm sure it is for many of us; work. Early January I left Showcase Publications and went on the hunt for a new job. I've had a fair amount of opportunities over the past 2 months; promoting clubs at Kings Cross,  taking flood donations, helping with claims received at P&O Cruises,  monitoring emails for Flight Centre, even appearing as an extra on a TV commercial! But my favourite job so far has been working for SPORTSCRAFT, an Australian designer clothing chain. In their funky office i was responsible for customer service. I would have loved to have stayed to see how my career could turn out in that company,  but I've reminded myself to move on, enjoy my time here as a traveller and to seek out new experiences.

Another fond memory I will cherish from my time in Sydney is living with Calli, she has become a very good friend to me. Moving out from the flat in Ultimo into a studio at Coogee beach than to a 2 bed flat in North Bondi, we have been living together for the past 6 weeks and I have very much enjoyed my time. Our latest place is located in the northern part of Bondi Beach, just a 10 minute stroll to the beach. We live in an area called 7 ways, I presume because there is a junction with 7 roads. At this junction is a cluster of boutique shops, trendy cafes, Juice bars, Organic Grocers and restaurants. Early morning bus rides to work offer me glimpses of surfers returning from the beach running barefoot with surfboards at sides, dog walkers, joggers and bustling coffee shops.

I've taken up Hot Yoga and I'm completely addicted to it! For anyone not in the know, hot yoga, also known as Bikram Yoga, is a yoga class practised in a room heated to about 40 degrees Celsius.This might sound very uncomfortable to some but i have definitely felt the benefits in the month I've been practising. Something ill continue to do on my return home. I have also taken up jogging, who wouldn't want to exercise at the beach as the sun is setting or in the calm of the night? All this exercise you must be thinking, but fear not my family, I have been baking cakes and eating well so I feel a balance is needed.

A few more highlights from my time in Sydney:

Future Music festival. Lapping up how Australians do music festivals, for just half a day, not quite the same or as good as the UK. Still very enjoyable.

Donavan Frankenreiter at the Metro. I was introduced to this guys music here in Sydney, the  musician and surfer performed a set here which turned me into a fan straight away.

Planet Shark Exhibit.The National Maritime Museum offers free exhibitions. I was guided through the myths and facts which have surrounded sharks. Full-scale specimen models, fossils, real teeth, jaws and real life shark attach stories.

Valentines day. Spent with Caitlin, my original travel friend. We went for Thai food and wine. Caitlin has now gone to try her luck with farm work. We plan to meet up towards the end of my trip.

Cycling in Manly. We hired bikes and took of on our own little adventure for a few hours, cycling through a national park to north head, taking in the views and stopping to explore foot paths.
Bondi Beach's dramatic weather changes, from wind and rain, stormy clouds and exciting surf to an amazing sunset with perfect purple and pinks. I wish I could take better pictures to capture these moments outside.

The view from my flat at Coogee beach, just beautiful and breezy. Coogee houses are built on very sharp hills surrounding the bay. So we definitely didn't rush to the shop in a hurry.
So I say farewell to Sydney for now, the city has taught me well: open your eyes to all possibilities and you shall be rewarded.

The next step of my journey starts this week, watch this space........
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