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Made it down to Syndey

But I'm unemployed now

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Bright and early on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, Trevor and I stumbled off the overnight bus from Byron Bay into the overwhelming Sydney Central Station. Luckily we hadn't booked any accommodation or even taken a peak at a map of Sydney so we had no idea where to go.

Eventually we found a tourist information office and got ourselves a bed at a backpackers close by. Most of October 5 was spent wandering around the CBD checking the place out. A couple of days later we got in touch with Trevor's old roommate, Anita, who generously offered for us to sleep on the floor in her living room for a while - until we could find ourselves a place to stay and a job.

To be honest, I haven't kept up with my journal and we have now been in Sydney for over 4 months so Sydney has really been a bit of a blur. Unfortunatley, I haven't worked much either, which makes all those days sitting at home (trying not to spend money) feel like the same day. I signed up with a couple of recruitment agencies and things were good at first, but Christmas really ruined me and it never picked up in time afterwards. The best job they got me was about 3 weeks doing data entry for the marketing team in the Events Management Department of Sydney's Town Hall. I dread how hard I'm going to have to work when I get back to Vancouver to make up for all the money I've spent on rent and food and the occasional souvenir.

As Sydney has been a calendar blur, I'll just tell you about the highlights (highlights in my opinion, of course).

For several weeks, we lived in Crows Nest in North Sydney. It's a cute neighbourhood and only an hour walk to the CBD including crossing the Harbour Bridge.

  • Trevor and I moved into a duplex in Lilyfield in Leichhardt. Also only one hour walk to the CBD either over the Anzac Bridge, or along the waterfront.
  • Lightning storms are awesome!
  • Newtown - This is a neighbourhood similar to Vancouver's Commercial Drive, except there are less small grocers in Newtown and more New Age and small-time designer clothing stores.
  • The most pompous Westfield mall opened up in the CBD. Only the first two levels are worth looking at unless you can afford Miu Miu and Versace etc.
  • I was briefly a member of a gym for the first time in my life and found out that I love Pilates and wish I could have a personal trainer.
  • Only tourists celebrate halloween.
  • Met two of the loveliest people ever - Trevor's friend Ash and his girlfriend Serena. We spent many Saturdays at their place gorging ourselves and playing the latest video games or looking at each others' travel photos.
  • Checked out Darling Harbour's Christmas event Santafest. I can't tell you how strange it was to be present for a hot weather Christmas!!! People in miniskirts and Santa hats...Checked out a Jetski fireworks show where they lit the "brightest Christmas tree in the Southern Hemisphere."
  • Found out that Fish Market is a lot more authentic than Vancouver's Granville Island Market.
  • Did a three hour self-guided walking tour of "The Rocks" which is where Sydney began. The Rocks also hold markets every weekend. It also has night markets on Friday nights in Summer. Of course I had to check those out. After many internal arguments, I finally decided which pair of earrings to buy: Grevillea Ivanhoe leaves coated in Silver. http://www.australianplants.com/plants.aspx?id=1243
  • I took Trevour out to Ajisen Ramen a Japanese noodle restaurant for his birthday. We had the Couples Set Menu and our noodles came in heart shaped bowls. It was great!
  • We did the Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach walk. On the way we passed many small beaches, interesting plants, a cemetary, Aboriginal rock carvings and beachfront outdoor swimming pools.
  • Checked out Manly Beach. The ferry ride to/from Manly is wonderful and it's a much quieter alternative to Bondi. However, shockingly, I'm pretty sure I like Bondi better. Don't tell anyone, though.
  • Christmas Day 2010 was spent at Bondi Beach frolicking in the powerful surf and burning in the hot sun. Also, our roommate was kind enough to make us all blueberry pancakes in the morning - how delicious!

More Sydney Hightlights to come...

Posted by STimewell 15:47 Archived in Australia

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