Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Here i am.  Somehow i have managed to bypass Sydney up until this point and figured it was time to experience it as my year is almost up in Oz.  Most people seem to hit Sydney first but we all know im not like most people am i.  I have been here for three days.  And lucky me, my friend Emma (from Melbourne) came here to meet me for the weekend.  Also lucky me, the universe was listening and when i arrived at my hostel, my dorm room was empty, it was just me!  It was just what i be on my own, alone for right now.  So adjusting to dorm rooms thusfar has been as relatively easy, as im still the only one in my room (with the exception of emma of course when she was here which was great for us as well)..there's a bonus traveling in the slow season.

Day one i just wandered by myself.  I made my way to the water where there are an array of different harbours.  I found myself in Darling harbour to start which is quite touristy but very pleasant and picturesque.  This is where i spent most of the day, just taking in the sights such as the Maritime museum, the aquarium...which i usually don't bother with but was well worth it with a grand display of sharks, dugong, sting rays, plethora of fish and what not...all in a huge walk-in aquarium, so that itself took 2 hrs.  And the rest of the time just took pictures of the harbour, and enjoyed the sun and the waterside cafes.  Then i walked to Port Jackson harbour where the iconic Sydney Opera House is, for dusk to get some pictures...was a bit slow as it was dark by the time i found it.

Then Emma luv arrived that evening and  we had two glorious days that just flew by. First day, we grabbed the bus to Coogee, a suburb, for the popular walk to the famous Bondi Beach.  It was a 2 hr walk along the coast with huge, dramatic cliffs, beaches, and a big cemetry bizarrely enough as well along the way.  It was a gorgeous day and beachbumming weather but sunshining nonetheless, and a few degrees warmer than im used to.   Then of course at the end we stopped at the pub, a legion actually with a view to die for.  Then back to the city for dinner and some more drinks.

Then today, we grabbed breakfast harbourside....we went for a walk along the harbour to the botanic gardens, which stratches all along the harbour and back, with plenty of space to sit and chill and take in the view.  Then we grabbed the ferry to Manly, another suburb.  It's known for its surfing beach and slower pace.  The 30 min ferry ride is grand though as you get a great view of the harbour and the opera house.   Then before we knew it, it was time to get back to the hostel as the weekend had disappearred and emma had a flight to get to....not before squeezing in a few beers back at Darling Harbour though. 

It was reallly lovely having Emma here, allowing me to ease into my traveling and being alone and all that jazz that comes with the territory.  So here i am now...alone and feeling it a wee bit but still looking forward to what tomorrow brings..because nobody ever knows.

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