2 days in Sydney ain't a lot but I reckon it's enough for a non-city person! Sydney is renowned for its extortionate prices and I wasn't an hour in the city when I got bursted open for a 200 dollar fine on a bus! (thanks to Micheal O'Keefe for that!!!) I arrived early in the morning and so I took a walk down to the harbour front to check it out. It was an absolutely crackin' day, even in the middle of winter, and the harbour front looked spectacular to say the least leaving me with a great first impression despite the earlier monetary debacle. There was a great buzz around with boats and ships zipping in and out of the harbour like busy ants. The sqwuaking of birds and the background mumble of tourists made this place very modern & energetic and I could instantly see the attraction to the capital located in the New South Wales (NSW) state of Australia.
I stayed with some mates from home who were kind enough to let me kip there for a two nights. They were located near Centennial park, a great place to clear the lungs when they weren't around. Meeting up with two fellow travellers, a fellow Goan Indian volunteer brought me to the revolving O-Dining bar to catch a glimpse of the Sydney skyline before getting an inside and personal tour of the Sydney Opera house, bloody awesome! Later that evening a quick rendez-vous with the home crew and another travelling Dubliner, we headed down to check out some of the main nightlife attractions, down by the waterfront and some of the Irish establishments around the centre somewhere!
After a quick fry-up the next morning (one I dearly enjoyed, been sooo long!) I got a quick tour of the infamous Bondi Beach and the smaller relation, Coogee Beach, due south. I finally got to see what all the craic and talk was about after observing these not to mention a drive by outside the great cock and bull and the tea gardens hotel, the drinking fountain for the Irish!
I managed to take a quick two day tour of Melbourne when I was there to fly out of Australia before New Zealand. Melbourne was pretty cool albeit I only got to see the city center to be honest. A lot more chilled out than Sydney, not as cramped and as hectic.
Anyways, that was my 3 and a half week stint of Australia done before I head to the cooler climate of Maori land. I could now see why there was a mass exodus from Ireland to the opposite side of the globe. Australia had a lifestyle that Ireland could never match. Wages that were in some cases ridiculous by comparison, blistering guaranteed heat for most of the year and of course a beer and BBQ fueled lifestyle, what was there not to like about Australia!? I certainly enjoyed it, I wouldn't say it was the best location of my travels but It was worth the stop over for sure. Rumour has it that Australia might soon be heading for their own economic implosion, sustainability is being questioned particularly in the mining industry, the bread and butter of the Australian economy. None the less, on we go mate!
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