I also went over to Coogee Beach, but it was a major disappointment
. I may have been in the wrong place, but it was a very small beach and didn’t have any particular charm to it. Furthermore, it was a glorious day when I arrived, however 20 minutes after my arrival, it started to pour down with rain, which probably didn’t help.
The highlight of Sydney, and it’s probably a bit sad to admit this, was going to my second cricket match: Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers. Like the SCG, the ANZ Stadium (aka Olympic Park) was a little problematic to get to, but the match proved to be well worth the hassle, or rather, Chris Gayle (West Indian captain) was well worth the entry fee. His 100 not out, including 11 sixes and 3 fours, was outstanding, leading the Thunder to a fairly easy victory. What I can take from my time in Australia is that I now support (or perhaps follow is a better word) Perth Glory in football and Sydney Thunder in the cricket BBL.
There had been other activities in Sydney, but as I was feeling lazy, I didn't log them. I’d been to a couple of beaches before going to Bondi. The first of those was to Manly beach. Manly kind of took me by surprise. I’d been used to being dropped off on the beach front with all the shops right in front of the beach. I’d arrived at Manly by ferry and the structure of the town struck me to be more like Sitges (though not as old, obviously) than a typical Aussie resort. When you come out of the ferry terminal, you are directed through a pedestrianised area full of shops, bars, restaurants and buskers. When you get to the end of the street, there is a road to the right which contains a street market that sells the usual handicrafts, although there was one stall that sold some amazing artwork of Australian scenery. I did like Manly, particularly for its kebabs!