Beached at Bondi and Sydney

Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Needing a day to catch my breath I checked into a Marriott in North Sydney for a big bed, nice sheets and extra pillows. After that it was on to Bondi Beach on the coast just outside Sydney. I checked into the dirtiest hostel to date (but that's part of the trip and the guy running the hostel is a great Australian guy with a Cuban wife living in Miami so his stories made up for the filth) and headed out to the beach. Of course, not ten steps outside the hotel the first girl walking down the street happened to be very attractive and I asked her which way to the beach. Of course I knew which way the beach was. Five minutes later she gave me her number and told me she would take me out with her girlfriends later in the week. I guess when you're on a roll you’re on a roll. I headed down toward Bondi beach and felt an urge to turn into Hunter Park which looked like your average park. I walked down a steep hill not expecting much and it opened up into little cove with waves pounding the rocks and coast line. There is a little walkway that leads out over the rocks towards the ocean. Its one of those times when you’re not really sure where you’re going and then out of no where one of the most amazing scenes appears. I spent a few hours just walking along the rocks and never actually made it to the beach. The next two days I was able to jog along that path and workout in a little area overlooking miles of coastline. It is defiantly easier to workout when you have that backdrop.

Another day I took the train into Sydney and checked out Saint Mary’s church and walked around the harbor. The Sydney Opera house was high on my list of things to see and the Sydney Bridge as well. It was a great day to walk around the sky was blue and the weather was perfect.

A few years ago while I was traveling for work I ran into a woman who is from Thailand and was on her way to work on an Alaskan cruise ship. We exchanged emails and kept in touch the past few years. I always knew I would run into her again just not sure when and where. Chanita works on cruise ships and has been to over 40 countries the past few years. So when I decided to take this trip I emailed her and was hoping she would be in Thailand if I made it there. She was actually working and studying in Canberra, the capital of Australia, a few hours away from Sydney. Chanita had left Canberra that day so she could catch her flight from Sydney to Thailand the following morning.  I called Chanita for the first time ever from a pay phone in Bondi Beach to see where she was and she happened to be in Bondi Junction about five minutes away from where I was standing. It really is amazing how things like that happen.  We met up for a coffee, caught up and planned all the things we would do in her home city of Bangkok next month. 

I woke up early and headed to the airport with a one-way ticket to New Zealand. When I got to the ticket counter this time they said, "where is your copy of your return ticket". I guess as a US citizen you can't go to New Zealand without a return ticket. So I had twenty minutes to find a computer book a flight and print out the ticket. Finding a computer in an airport is easy but finding one with a printer in twenty minutes is a different story. I ended up at a place where they wrap your luggage with tape. I don't know how or why they would have a computer with printer that I could use but they did. I had to decide where I wanted to go after New Zealand then buy the ticket and print it out in order to check in for my flight. At this point I’m getting used to things like this so once I checked in I had time to stop by and grab two sausage, egg and cheese sandwichs on the way to the gate.  I love being the last one to board and having no idea where I am going.

"Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change"-Wayne Dyer
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