...my head hurts...

Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AUSTRALIA, n. A country lying in the South Sea, whose industrial and commercial development has been unspeakably retarded by an unfortunate dispute among geographers as to whether it is a continent or an island.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

Yeah, Yeah, I should have known I'd wake up with a sore head. Going out on the lash with James (that's James Cutler who I worked with a Schroders for years) and Ilker (that's Ilker Kumlu who I worked with at DST) was never going to mean I'd wake up fresh as a daisy but frankly I hardly think the punishment, the hangover, matches the crime.

That said by the time our plane had landed in Sydney the beginnings of a hangover were there, having availed myself of Qantas's generosity both in the lounge and then on the plane. Things I put myself thru’ to try to sleep.

Our B&B was in the Newtown district of Sydney, about a 30 min bus journey from Circular Quay. Whilst the B&B is a haven of tranquillity the area itself might be described as up-and-coming, or grungy or run-down. It’s a bit of all these in fairness and certainly very different from the Westin (in the heart of Sydney) where we’d stayed last time we were here. Anyway our first day was a bit of a wipe out. A lack of sleep from us both on the flight left us knackered and we wandered around the Newton and later the Rocks rather aimlessly before heading back to the B&B for sleep.

Seeing Harry Potter 7 (and thereby keeping Claire happy) was on the schedule for the following day. After seeing the movie we went book shopping only to give up because of the outrageous prices of books in Aus. I’m amazed that anyone reads in this country given the prices. Irrespective of the FX rate, which is making Aus so expensive for those of us with GBP, books are more than 50% more expensive than in the UK.

And then I met up with James and Ilker and the night becomes a bit of a blur. Ilker, sensibly, bailed out early leaving us to sample a few more of Sydney’s finest beers. A couple of hours later and somehow my self-preservation instinct kicked in and I determinedly crawled on board the bus back to Newton and away from the 'one for the road’ temptations offered by James.

It’s fair to say I wasn’t at my perkiest the next morning. A nice walk would clear away the cobwebs so we followed the coastal path from Coogee to Bondi. We were lucky that the forecast ‘bad’ weather hadn’t arrived and we ambled along in glorious sunshine with wonderful views over the coastline out over the Tasman Sea. By the time we’d reached Bondi we were both quite hungry so we treated ourselves to some Fish & Chips before going round to Ilker’s flat just across the road from the beach. That evening we had dinner back in Newton and found ourselves agreeing to catch up with James the following evening.

Our last full day in Sydney was greeted with English style drizzle. Okay, the temperature is warmer, esp.  as it’s Aus summer. We walked thru’ the Botanical Gardens until the drizzle turned to rain when we headed back down to the Rocks area to meet up with James again. Let’s just say we left James dancing in a bar and that Claire now understands what happens when you just go out for a ‘couple of beers’ with him. Admittedly we had the advantage of sticking to vino rather than beer (James is better on beer, I’m better on the vino).

And so ends our all too brief stay in Sydney. It’s still one of my favourite places in the world. It’s my 3rd time here and just like the first time I leave nursing a hangover having been out with James but I also leave wishing we had more time here.
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Andy Howell on

Hello again, you do get about a bit don't you ? I do think Sydney is rather boring in the rain so glad the weather held out some of the time. Pity you missed the cricket (well Saturday anyway)...

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