Like San Francisco, but without the Earthquakes

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Melbourne was a city of trams. Canberra an empty city of bicycles. We arrived in Sydney by bus at the grand Central station to find a city *flush* with transport options. A tram, yes, but suburban trains too, as well as buses and a boatload of ferries. What a city.

In Sydney were staying with Robyn, a wonderful host suggested hundreds of things to do, fed us fantastically well and even went to the trouble of showing us around her old haunts in the city. 

It was great to catch up with her, and her son Luke (a giant among men) who I went to school with. Robyn's friend Kerri (who was visiting from down south) was also there, so the house was a hive of activity from the day we arrived to the day we left, and we felt hugely welcome.

Speaking of meeting up with old friends, Rachel and I were treated to dinner by the Arcus family. My family's friendship with them goes back to before I have memories, so when organising the meet up, I was worried that I wouldn't recognize anyone. I did remember the faces though, and in the end we passed a fantastic evening catching up at their house

 
As for Sydney itself, it's a stunning city over a stunning harbour, and there is plenty to do. There are of course the obvious things – we walked along the Harbour bridge one day, and spent an afternoon walking around the Opera House and around the botantical gardens:
 
 
 
We went out to Manly by ferry and walked along the beach. Whilst there we rested under some trees and watched the surfers.
 
 
We walked along to a fanstastic small sheltered beach, and then along the North Heads, went out for a drink with Luke and a friend, and were served amazing pizzas in a bar, saw awe inspiring drawing work and sculpture in the local art museum and ate great food in local foodcourts.
 
We even managed to get our insulin sorted out, and are now happily toting around fresh supplies of life giving enzymes. This was one of our last views of the city, taken from our rented car as we motored out to the Blue Mountains.
 
 
Sydney had been very good to us, and we were looking forward to going back. But for now, the cool air of the hinterland called.
 
James

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