Sydney Day 4
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
57Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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We usually have our cereal, yogurt, juice, and first coffee in our hotel
rooms along the way. Today we went to
the Hyde Park bus stop and got on the bus to Bondi Beach, about a 30 minute
ride. A college age girl got on the bus
with her suitcase, backpack….and surfboard.
She struggled with it all but made it on and then sat by us. Karen was already on the her phone talking
with Anna so I asked the girl where she was from. Poland.
But she had spent a year of university on an exchange program in
firm that she had for only a few months.
They wouldn’t give her a 4 month leave for her trip so she quit. And then she got a call from a headhunter
offering a job upon her return. So off
she went. She had just taken the
overnight bus from Byron Bay having spent a week there. She was to spend a week at Bondi, and then to
Bali for a week, returning to Australia after.
Anyway, we helped her off the bus at Bondi at her backpackers hotel,
which there are many of in most places we’ve been. It’s a way of life pretty much
everywhere. She made the point that her
exchange year had inspired her to travel, so off she went. Having done Rotary International youth
exchanges for high school students for almost 20 yrs, I could identify with the
spirit and inspiration she had with her exchange experience
We hear it all the time that a year abroad opens the door for so many
young people. I digress, but at some
point, the 2 long term trips we’ve taken have been inspired in part by my
Anyway, we got off the bus in Bondi, picked up our take away flat
white, and made it to….wait for it….the Bondi Saturday Market. Karen shopped for a while and I went to check
out the famous beach. It’s huge, and
today extremely windy. Maybe 25-30 knot
winds. The beach was pretty much
deserted. Our main reason for going
today was to do the walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach via Tamarino Beach, Bronte
Beach, and Clovelly Beach. It’s a 3.5
mile walk on boardwalks, rock, sidewalks, and cliffs
cliff. What a view for them!
Got to Coogee around 2 pm and had Hoki fish and chips for lunch in
their beachside park. Caught the bus
back to our hotel after that. We did a
little packing for our departure tomorrow and then headed back to the bus stop
for a ride to the Queen Victoria Building.
I’m not sure when it was built but probably in the late 1800’s. It was destined for demolition in the 1980’s
but was saved and restored with a $35 mil investment. Now it’s a high end shopping mall. We used their free wifi there before heading
to the Chinese Gardens on the bus. The
gardens are at the south end of Darling Harbour. We got there and there was a Greek Festival
Patricks Day. The Irish were celebrating
with their own well attended festival in Hyde Park near our hotel. Anyway, the Chinese Gardens were closed so we
caught the light rail tram to Star Center on Darling Harbour. Star Center has a huge casino, hotel,
restaurants, Messina Gelato, and Din Tai Fung.
DTF is the same dim sum restaurant at Lincoln Square in Bellevue. I think there’s only one of these in the
U.S. We ate at this one which was
basically a take away place, not like the one in Bellevue. What a coincidence. Karen had milk chocolate and peanut butter
fudge gelato and I had white choco chip and salted caramel. WOW!!!
Took the tram back thru Chinatown and walked back to our hotel for the
last night in Sydney. Sydney has a lot
to see. We could have spent another 3
days here probably.