So hello! My last post was quite hectic and I can’t bear the thought of reading it over again since, in fear of all my spelling mistakes and un-understandable blabbering that I wrote in a hurry. Anyway to continue: I arrived back Friday afternoon, and I’m not going to lie to you when I say revision hasn’t gone that well. However, it’s now 10 pm on a Saturday and I’m not going to get depressed about the non-progress and motivation and rather on this blog post, followed by bed and the prospect of a new day tomorrow where I can have a fresh start and another stab at things! So my week with my dear Mum and Aunt! On Sunday afternoon I finally arrived in Sydney after traversing the bad weather and the altered train routes, and made my way to Meriton Apa
rtments on Kent street. For those who aren’t Sydney-street savvy, that’s round the corner from Town Hall station where I got off, and so it took me mere minutes to find my way to the hotel’s entrance and check in. I settled in, made a trip to the nearest coles and stocked up on food, and then passed the time alternating between watching Masterchef on tele and Skam online in waiting for the arrival of mum and Carolyn. Finally they arrived, and I got to hug my mum after nearly a year apart, which was a wonderful feeling. Seeing Carolyn again, was also so lovely! It hadn’t actually hit me until this week that I haven’t in fact seen Carolyn since Oslo in June 2014 (post), and how crazy fast time is flying by! I prepared them some food, we talked about their flight, planned the next day’s activity, and then we all slumped into bed after a long day’s/several day’s travelling.
The next day we headed out into Sydney city to show Carolyn the sights! The remnants of the storm were still prominent, parts of Hyde Park were closed off for clearing of debris and fallen branches from the storm (which turned out to be have the heaviest rainfall of 25 years). The weather did threaten us at times, but despite some raindrops here and there, it was in our favour for most of the day! We walked through Hyde park and then through to the Botanical gardens where we spent hours spotting birds, looking at plants and enjoying the Aussie atmosphere and people. It was quite a pleasure walking around the gardens with the knowledge I had gained since the first time I was there, I could pick out with more confidence the Grevillias, the Wattles (Acacias), the Eucalyptus trees, the paperbark trees (Melaleuca), the Fig trees (Ficus), the Banksias and the bottlebrushes! Don’t get me wrong though, Australian flora is so vast I still get it wrong 99% of the time. We eventually made it to Mrs. Maquires point and admired the view of the Sydney Opera House before heading round to the café in the gardens and having some lunch. After lunch we walked to the Opera House and Circular Quay before heading back to the hotel.
The next day we headed to Coogee to go on the coastal walk from there to Bondi. I was quite worried that day of disappointing them both and even a bit worried I should even be taking them on the walk after watching the news the day before that showed that so many coastal areas had been trashed by the storm, including the Bondi area. Despite the beaches still being closed off and being cleaned and cleared there were few signs of the raging storm. We had to only take one detour from the main track along the cemetery, as there had been a landslide on part of that stretch! The waves were dramatic and angry and thy sky was grey, but despite all of that the Australians were still out walking and jogging. Some lunatics were even surfing out there on the massive waves! My favourite part of the day was having coffee (myself a chai latte) at the cute little cafe on Tamarama beach, which remains mine and everyone else’s favourite beach of the walk.
The next day I stayed in the flat to do some revision (which was quite successful) whilst Mum and Carolyn went to see the Chinese Garden of friendship that was just around the corner from our hotel. The hotel was actually in the new Asia town, and most of the local shops and restaurants around our block were of tempting Asian food like sushi and other yummy goodness. Towards the late afternoon, after the girls returned and we had had some lunch, we headed to the Sydney Tower Observational deck to admire the views of Sydney from above. We made out all the main buildings and sights, like Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, The Botanical Gardens, the Bridge and of course the Opera House. We watched the sun set before heading down the 305 m tower and doing some jeans shopping in H and M. At 6 it was finally time to head down to the Vivid Festival!