The Asia Pacific | Day 7-16 | Australia | Sydney

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Wowza, I can’t believe it’s been two months since I stopped in the middle of this Asia-Pacific recap. It’s been a busy two months, which has made me zero-motivated to blog right now. And I have a million things to do this week, but I can’t sleep, so why not do something of low priority while avoiding the high-priority things. Incidentally, It’s 3:45 a.m. and I just got a work-email from the creative director. What is wrong with us night-owl artists???

So, anyway,  in efforts to finish one of my many unfinished projects, I’ll finish recapping Journeymoon #3. Just photos and captions. Get’erDUN.

Days 7-11: Sydney

Pauline, a Sydney native whom I met in Turkey during JM#1, and her mom, Vicki, graciously hosted me in their beautiful home in Rose Bay. The first day, I hit some obligatory Sydney sites. The next day, Vicki and I walked from Rose Bay through the Hermitage Foreshore Walk in the Sydney Harbour National Park up to Watson’s Bay and back down through Vaucluse. It was a pretty long walk, roughly 3.5-4 hours, but very beautiful. Vicki then fixed us and her mother lunch and then she drove me to Manly in the afternoon and dropped me off in downtown to meet Pauline and her friend for dinner. Vicki was an amazing host, tour guide, and shuttle service all-in-one. In other words: Mom. (Or “mum” as they say in Australia.)

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The Rocks. An older part of town. I definitely recommend walking around here.

A few minutes before this photo, I saw a woman coming down these steps in a red dress, and I tried to get a photo with my Sneaky-Cam, but they didn't turn out well. AND THEN, the God-of-second-chances, sent me this woman. Two red dresses in a row!?! I got the shot the second time around.

You know those narrow alleys that give you a little peek of a hidden courtyard? I love walking down them, pretending like I know where I'm going, because at the end of the alley you find scenes like this.

After walking through The Rocks, I met Pauline and Maddy (another friend I/we met in Turkey) at Mr Wong, which was a really cool Chinese restaurant with a speak-easy vibe.

See? Cool. [photo from The Sydney Morning Herald]

Rad. [photo from theinformedtourist.com]

Awesome.

A view of Sydney from the Sydney Harbour National Park walk.

Vicki and I stopped for a drink at the Nielsen Park Cafe & Restaurant.

Watson's Bay

The Gap

The following day, I walked to Bondi Beach and started the Bondi to Coogee walk, but only got to Bronte Beach and then turned around and decided to park it on Tamarama Beach.

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Bondi Icebergs (this is where the walk to Coogee starts)

So I was kinda obsessed with this rock (as you'll see by the next photos). I think if I remotely liked science, and wasn't so damn talented in the arts, I would have been a geologist.

This is Tamarama Beach where I stopped to sunbathe. But I only got a photo of these awesome rocks. Forgot to take a pic of the beach.

Days 12-14: Pearl Beach

I happened to be there on “Australia Day” weekend, which is their version of The 4th of July, sans fireworks, hamburgers, the American flag, a national anthem, jet fighter planes flying over a 21-gun salute, and Lee Greenwood. So, basically, LAME. Australia, your lamingtons ain’t got nothing on the American flag berry cake.

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This is a house in Pearl Beach.

This was our rental house in Pearl Beach.

This was the furniture in the house.

But at least there was a neighborhood dog who accompanied me on walks.

We hiked from Pearl Beach to Patonga Beach. [photo by Matt Hoffman]

Patonga beach had some pelicans...

and some shells [photo by Matt Hoffman]

Day 15: Sydney

During our drive back to Sydney, we stopped at the Aboriginal Heritage walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Then Vicki cooked us a massive Greek feast for Austraila Day.

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Pauline and Matt looking at the aboriginal drawings

ancient aboriginal drawings

Wallabies jumping

Pauline and Matt

Me

Vicki's house in Rose Bay

Rose Bay homes

Thank you, Vicki, for a lovely and yummy meal and for being a great host!

Day 16: the long flight home. The end.

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