Bondi dude

Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
Trip End Apr 14, 2006

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Friday, December 30, 2005

We werent really sure how to get to Bondi this morning, so after considering lots of different ways to get there, we ended up getting the train and then the bus. The trains had 3 storeys (like in Paris) and are fast and cheap. The bus on the other hand, sat in the traffic, after we'd already waited 10 minutes to get on it (Bondi seems to be popular for some reason). Still great when we got here- a long beach with lots and thousands of sunbathers! It is really pretty though- blue seas, nice sand, but so far all I've done is spend 2 hours in an internet cafe! The place itself reminds me of Newquay.

After that, mum and I went down to the beach, found a tiny bit of sand to perch on and more or less lay in the sun for the rest of the afternoon. I'm glad we werent there any earlier though because even at that time it was scorching! I had to cool off in the sea- which despite the hordes of people (and odd surfers desperately trying to catch a 2ft wave) was crystal clear, and just the right temperature. Very refreshing! I had hoped to go surfing too, but the aforementioned tiny waves werent really going to help, so I didnt bother.

Around 5ish, mum and I peeled ourselves off our towels, and walked back up to the main road. They have a couple of market stalls selling jewellry, hats, food etc, so that kept us entertained for a while. We had a yummy frozen yoghurt (I've decided I need to stop eating so much icecream and cake since I'm losing my previously flatish stomach) We eventually worked out which bus (and which direction) we needed to catch to get to Watson's Bay, a place recommended by Jeska (from the NZ tour, living in Sydney). When we got there the sun was still quite strong, but there was a nice breeze blowing in from the Pacific ocean, which stretched out as far as the eye could see, and then in the other direction there were stunning views across the water back towards Sydney, with the skyline framing the horizon.

We went to a place called Doyles for dinner, which has a reputation across Sydney as being one of the best places to eat seafood, and it didnt disappoint! We arrived about 10 minutes before they started serving dinner, and waited inside the restaurant to be seated (as instructed by a waitress) at 6pm, another waiter told us we had to go and wait outside in the queue to get a seat. Unfortunately there were already about 10 people there- none of whom were there when we got there, so we surrupticiously (ooh big word, spelt wrong) snuck to the front, much to the distaste of everyone else. As a result, we were seated first, and when a snooty American walked past us to her table a minute later, she sneered 'nice queuing'. Hahaha

Anyway we were sitting outside, watching the sun go down over the water, and I had the best fish I've ever had ( I think mums was pretty good too), but we had to leave before the sun actually set, so we crossed the path in front of the restaurant to sit on the beach instead! It was amazing- yellows and pinks and purples all at once, and all reflected in the water. It kept getting better and better! And the sun actually set between two skyscrapers (which of course were silhouetted). But you'll get a better impression from the photos (which by the way are bad quality so I can upload them faster- sorry if you're trying to look at them close up). We both got the bus back to circular quay, and then the ferry back to Darling harbour, before falling into bed, exhasted.
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