Everyday I'm Schmetterling
Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
26Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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Opera House and more opera house
In the morning made my way up George street being a lot more awake this time around and getting my bearings of the city
After not a lot of sleep I made my way with one of my roommate’s too Manly Beach. Took a ferry across the harbour, to the beach, was a bit chilly and I stupidly only had a t-shirt on. Met up with roommates friend for a drink before we parted ways and I had a walk along the beach and then made my way to Shelly beach for a look around there. Both beaches were nice enough but I’ve seen so many beaches they have started to roll into one. I headed back as I was getting cold and spent the rest of the day doing some housekeeping.
Monday started off by going on a walking tour; got a history lesson on the convicts and on buildings, saw some hidden statues and saw where neo from the matrix films saw his lady in red. Once at the opera house I left the group and made my way to the bot gardens again taking pics of the opera house as the sun set. I walked around the rest of the bot gardens walking towards kings cross area. My eyes got blinded by the flashing lights every other shop before I went into the British sweet shop and had some dairy milk, ohh dairy milk how I have missed you. Made my way back to the hostel for a bbq before heading out with my roommate and Toby for some drinks and to China Town for food.
Early start next day as headed out to the Blue Mountains, was a great view but again as with the beaches all the mountains are merging into one. Would have appreciated more if I had not seen so many. Saw some waterfalls which were nice and did a long hike around the forest which was fun as hadn’t done one for a while. There were some great photo ops within the forest. After lunch went to some of the small towns in the area and saw the mountains from different viewpoints. Then headed to a wildlife park, and saw me old mates the Koala and Kangaroo. Loads of birds here so was making sure I ducked as much as possible. They fed the Tazzy Devils and you could hear the crunching of the bone on the chicken leg it was eating
An even earlier start next day as was doing a day trip to Canberra. I heard a lot of jive about Canberra but I wasn’t coming all this way not to see the capital city. First stop was a view of the city over from a mountain, which was very spectacular. Then headed to the War memorial which was has been brilliantly setup probably the best war museum I had seen. Vietnam and Korean wars where very well done in particular. Had to rush about because of timetable so could have spent more time there. Went to an art gallery next; yawn, next. Parliament was next, had a wonder around and saw portraits of all the Oz prime ministers as well as the senate. Senate was smaller than I thought it would be, but then at least decisions would be made quicker. Not so much from what I have read in Oz papers. Then had a drive around the various embassies and headed back to Sydney, watching a new Paul Hogan film; damn Crocodile Dundee is old. Glad I went just for the war museum, so would say go to Canberra for a day at least, more than that I suggest you may get bored
Next day made my way to Surrey Hills area to have a look around, found a café for brunch on farveaux street (spelling prob wrong). Then made my way to the Sydney Cricket Ground and the tour of the ground was $30, ha not so much, the WACA was only $10, so just had a look from the outside. There was an entertainment complex which I had a wonder around of before I headed back to George street and Darling Harbour. First time I had seen during the day and had some cake at the helm bar before going into the main mall. Same as any mall. Then went to Paddy’s market and every 1/3rd stall was basically the same. Wanted to buy Goldjigga a Liverpool shirt but it had Torres on the back, $25. Stall owner said I should buy because players move all the time. Yeah that’s the one. In the evening went to a comedy club with Toby and the show was untested comedians with one pro. Got to say most of them sucked. One went on and on about how Phuket sounds like Fuck it. I didn’t laugh so he kept repeating; yeah I get it’s not funny. Pro was decent enough; expected better as I have met some funny Aussies but these guys countered acted them. I laughed more at them than with them.
Next day met up with Stephanie (who I met in Montreal) and her boyfriend Patrick. They were kindly going to show me around. This is a good point to mention it, I have been introduced to Tim Tams in Cairns and told how Aussies love the Tim Tams. Tim Tams are the equivalent of Penguin chocolate bar. So gonna have a Tim Tim Double Double with Tim Tams (don’t worry if the last few sentences make no sense, only about 4 people will understand it)
No rest for the wicked and made my way down to Bondi, a lot of people said it was not as good as the hype, but thought it wasn’t too bad. I did the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee beach, with several beaches in between. Walk took about 1hr 40mins one way, was a bit sore on the hammies and glutes
Sunday and a walk across the harbour bridge had to be done, wasn’t as long as I thought it would be, but got some great views of the city. Walked around Luna park before sitting on a sun drenched bench. Made my way back to a lookout point and a chocolate café; yummy. Then watched the sun set and stars appear over the opera house. Did a walking tour of the rocks area and heard some more stories and saw hidden bits not on the map. Had a walk around circular quay and darling harbour before meeting up with Toby for a final drink. A special thanks to Toby LeRone for showing me around Sydney and all the partying. Clapping North Korean style.
Had half day and having seen everything, finished off my book The Day Before Sunrise. Was a dramatisation of a true story of one of Himmler's direct commanders defecting to the allies and how he escaped. Was again a good read.
Tried not to put loads of details into blog as spent 11 days in Sydney. Was nice easy paced days spent in the city.