My time in Sydney is coming to an end and whilst I am excited to move on to Melbourne and continue my Australian adventure, I will be sad to say goodbye to this amazing city.
Two weeks in Sydney felt like a long time when we were in the planning stages of our trip, but now I am glad that we spent a longer time here. The first few days were filled with jet lag and tiredness, waking early and sleepwalking around the city, attempting to get our bearings. It was good that we had extra time to properly see Sydney and do everything we wanted to do.
I can’t get over this beautiful harbour city – everytime I see the opera house or the harbour bridge, I feel like I am seeing them for the first time. And I have probably seen them from every possible angle….. even from atop of the Harbour Bridge after a climb up. Perhaps the thing I am most impressed by however, are the trains. I’m in awe, seriously. I’m used to delayed services and noisy, cramped cabins but these trains are something else. They are spacious, quiet and so so clean. And the system is so much better too – a quick swipe of a card and you’re in. No waiting in long queues to buy a ridiculously over-priced ticket, but a simple swipe for cheap travel. I’m so easily pleased. Here I am, in Sydney and I’m talking of how impressed I am by public transport…….
So, apart from the trains I am of course impressed with other aspects of Sydney. It’s a great starting point for my year in Australia. Spending a year on the other side of the world is quite daunting to me but I am slowly getting more and more organised…bank accounts have been opened, money has been transferred and jobs have been researched. The thing I am most concerned about is winding up unemployed and homeless in Melbourne. Hopefully that won’t be the case but with my luck, who knows what could happen.
So with one more day left in Sydney and currently lying in bed after spending the day as a hungover sloth, I can look back on my two weeks and feel satisfied with what I have accomplished. I have seen most of what Sydney has to offer – I have seen it in the pouring down rain and in the sparkling sunshine. I have climbed a bridge, travelled to the Blue mountains, ambled around the beautiful botanical gardens and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, I have been to the zoo and held a Huntsman Spider in a jar (dear God, if I ever come across one of those, I will cry and come home)….. I have sunbathed in parks and on beaches and gotten horrifically sun-burnt in the process despite having used nearly a bottle and a half of Factor 50 (might have to Google where I can buy in bulk here…), I have created a bank account and of course, I have watched the famous New Year Fireworks and barely been able to keep my eyes open due to a sad case of jet lag. (Hmmm, probably not the best day in the world to pick to travel to Australia.) And last but not least, I’ve eaten the most amazing pancakes at Pancakes on the Rocks!
It really has been a jam packed couple of weeks. But good things must come to an end and adventures must be had else where. Melbourne, I’m coming for you….
(PS: We are staying at Wake Up! which is apparently ‘Sydney’s best backpackers’ accommodation’. It’s fun, clean, good-value, no queues for the shower and smack bang in the middle of what’s got to be one of the best cities on earth! Sorted!)