World Trip, Part X - New South Wales - Australia

Trip Start Jul 30, 2008
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Trip End May 02, 2009


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Thursday, November 27, 2008

Well, Tasmania is a most amazing place and has an incredible "Wow" factor, with lots of interesting things to do and see. Altho, I tried to get Dan, Mattieu and the two German girls to respond to my "Wows", I really needed my mate, Frederick (from Japan, slash, Montreal) to appreciate my appreciation. :) I recommend anyone to visit this incredible far-off land, but, hmmmpppfff, it was time to move on.

Welcome to New South Wales!

The Place:

It was great to be back in Sydney again, one of my favorite cities in the world. My friend, Larry, picked me up from the airport and it was just awesome to see him again. He looked great and fit! (Last time I was there, I only got to see Larry for an hour before he hopped into a cab for the airport and headed to London.)

We headed off first to Tamarama (aka: Glamarama) Beach and then to Bondi Beach for a coffee and a pastry. What a great introduction to see a great friend again. I love Tamarama Beach, but I think Larry prefers Bondi. And, Bondi is beautiful, there's no doubt about that!  It was very windy, tho, in Bondi and difficult to take pictures. We toured around a little before arriving back at his place.

One of the funny (ha, ha) things about Larry is that you never really know where he is living! Sound like someone else you know??!! Ha, ha! Larry is now in this super-cool abode in Paddington - just off Oxford St. - (DANGER! DANGER!), sharing with his friend, Phil, another cool dude whom I met chez Larry five years ago.

Well, there wasn't much time to unpack and freshen up before Larry whisked me away to the bars to meet several of his coolio friends for drinks and great converation and great times. Later, Larry and I went bar hopping some, and by the time the evening was over, my liver was on overdrive! :)

The next day, the weather was just perfect, and I was desperate for a haircut. Larry had a few things to do, so off I went in a different fun way to Kingscross. I just love Kingscross - the seedy backpacker and stripper area of Sydney. :) And, as it appears, the home of cheap haircuts. After the snip, and a quick walk around, I headed to Potts Point, and then to Woolloomooloo and to Harry's Cafe de Wheels for my meat pie with mash, peas and gravy loaded on top. Delicious x10n! Yum! Yum! Yum!

I tried to see the Monet and The Impressionists exhibit at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, but I was getting tired, and the gallery was overrun this day with rodents (aka: undisciplined and unmannered children), so I headed past The Domain and back to Oxford Street for some shopping and back to Larry's for a nap.

Not much rest for the wicked, I'm afraid, and I was up to go with Larry back to the bars again to meet some more of his friends. Later was another great surprise as my friend Drewster showed up with his new partner, Mikey. The party was complete. It was indeed a great catch-up and we all got silly with stories and updates. :) My poor, poor liver!

Over the next couple days, I headed back to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see the excellent Monet and The Impressionists exhibit and the rest of the gallery without the crowd, spent hours doing laps in the salt water Boy Charlton Pool (http://www.abcpool.org/) which I have visited a couple times in the past, wandered thru the Royal Botanic Gardens, saw the Opera House, of course, walked over the Harbor Bridge, meandered thru The Rocks and downtown, and did more shopping on Oxford St.

I also went out with Larry again, then moved from Larry's place to Drewster's place, and had great conversations, a great dinner and more time to catch up and get in some good laughs.

The Food:

Great coffee and pastries, great pizza, great beer, great wine and steak, and, of course, my FAVORITE - meat pies with peas and mash and gravy at the infamous Harry's Cafe de Wheels!

The People:

The people were awesome! And, funny (ha ha!). Sydney people can definitely hold and dish out the sarcasm like the English and Canadians. I love it!

The people in Sydney are especially nice to look at!

Larry and Drew were just incredible to see again, and hopefully friends for life. When I get done, I am going to write a book on how to be the perfect hosts (and guests!), and include them as examples of perfect hosts.

Rhetorical Questions/Comments for Australians in New South Wales:

* Sydney is one of the coolest cities there are!
* No cork in your wine bottles! How new to me!
* I think you have beer for blood! Burp!
* Telling someone - especially to their face - that you don't read their travel blogs is called "rude", and only makes "you" look like a turd.
* If I can travel 8,584 miles to visit you, you can at least take some time off work to visit properly! A-hem!

Photos: On blog.

Next Stop: My second favorite country in the world (not that I am rating)! (Oops, I am long gone!)
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