11.06.2014 - 17.06.2014
Well yesterday I finally went to Bondi Beach... It has only taken me two weeks! Which is surprising as this was very high up on my list of things to do over here. Anyway on Tuesday I went through to Bondi, and from what I saw the centre of Bondi and Bondi Junction for example appeared to have seen better days, but from another point of view I would say that parts of it seemed like a quiet leafy suburb that would be a nice place to live, especially given its proximity to the beach. The only reason I know so much about the surrounding areas, are that I finished up walking around most of it, as although it is one of the major attractions, it is not particularly well signposted.
But I digress, and if the rest of Bondi is a little bit run down and lacking the Wow factor, the beach most certainly wasn't. It seemed to have a bit of an aura to it, especially when I caught my first glimpse nestled between two buildings and even more so when sat on the hill overlooking it. I don't think the photos I took from up there will do it justice. Had a nice stroll down the beach and it felt really good to have the sand between my toes, and then stopped off at a lovely little bar just off the beach called The Bucket List, which had the most amazing panoramic view of the whole beach. All in all my Bondi experience lived up to what I expected, watching the waves crash in and the surfers trying to catch the right ones was a highlight.
The rest of the week leading up to this was a lot less of a major sight seeing mission as the previous one, however that is not to say that I did not discover some new sights and also catch the major ones from different vantage points. The fact is that you can just set off walking in any direction and basically just follow your nose, and then stumble upon such places as Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay and Woolloomooloo Bay, as I did when I went for a bit of a wander on Wednesday and Thursday, not to mention getting to walk through the Botanical Gardens until you creep up on the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from a different perspective and catch them at sunset. And again on Friday I got to see a whole new side to Darling Harbour, not only because it was Winterfest, which was very surreal given the 20 degree heat, but by letting my inquisitive nature take hold and walking somewhere I never had before I discovered Darling Island and Pyrmont, and these again did not fail in providing some beautiful vistas. See that is the beauty of somewhere that is surrounded by water, as Sydney is, you get all these brilliant places just littered in among the landscape and tall buildings.
As far as hostel life is going I am definitely starting to settle in, and becoming a lot more part of the Swagman, with a couple of very good nights out over the last week. Never underestimate the power of going out drinking with a group of people to help to become part of it, ha ha. So everything is going well and I really am still loving everything that Sydney has to offer.