It’s been a week since I arrived in Australia and what a week it’s been!
It’s sunny! Not the most original observation but it was a massive change from bleak autumnal England.
As a city Sydney is vast and it has taken a while to realise just how big it is. It was a little daunting at first, but after a while I came to feel that though it is a city it doesn’t feel like a city. Though there are skyscrapers and dense shopping areas, the roads are wide and there’s a lot of open spaces around most corners. It isn’t as imposing or cramped as London sometimes feels. I think the weather is what makes Sydney so accomodating, it gets hot, but the sun makes you want to get out and explore!
I’ve visited A LOT of places this week and I don’t think I can do justice to all of them so I’m going to pick my top three places so far.
The first place that blew me away was Bondi beach. I knew that it was a place synonmymous with Australia but it wasn’t until I got to the beach and saw the thrashing turquoise sea teaming with surfers and walked across the soft sand that I realised what all the fuss is about. It goes without saying that the beaches in Essex have nothing on Bondi!
Though the surf was good the day I visited, I didn’t try out surfing. Instead I joined locals and tourists alike who were hurling themselves at the incoming waves.
On Monday I visited the Hyde Park Barracks which used to house convicts, and later female emigrants. I had been excited to learn about Australia’s history and this museum is hands down one of the best museums I’ve ever visited.
The building has a vast history which the curators have taken time to make sure is covered in a fair and considerate way. The displays were pitched for all kinds of visitors and the mixture of technological displays and inventive exhibit designs really impressed me.
Finally my favourite place that I visited this week was Cabbage Tree Bay. On Tuesday I went to Manly beach with a friend who took it upon himself to teach me how to surf. My haphazard attempt at surfing with a board twice the height of me and an unrelenting sea resulted in a lot of fun and a collection of bruises. I am no surfer chick yet but perhaps by the end of 2017 I could be!
After lunch over looking the beach we walked to Cabbage Tree Bay which is absolutely beautiful. The shoreline is covered in shards of seashells, and the sea was clear, cool and refreshing. I have taken so many photos of beaches this week, this place is too beautiful!
This week I’ve struggled with jet lag, I was aware of it before I flew over but I definitely wasn’t prepared for it to hit me the way it did. I’ve been averaging 4-5 hours sleep but have now got sleeping aids which have helped me sleep a lot better.
I’ve been transformed into an early bird, something I never was in England. But with so much to see and do in Sydney, I can’t really complain.
And of course the election of Trump was shock to everyone. Around the time he was elected I provided inadvertent comic relief as I was playing pool with a group of guys, and discovered how hilariously bad I am at the game.
I’m staying in Sydney for another week and am hoping to visit the Blue Mountains. My feet are itching now and I’m looking to visit Canberra and then go down to Melbourne.
Photo of the week:
My favourite photo this week has to be this great photo my friend took of me as we walked to Mrs MacQuarie’s chair.
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Like this one of the insanely beautiful Maroubra Beach…
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