|Byron Bay and Sydney, Australia - friendly hippies, familiar city|
There was an open air kitchen area in the middle of the camping site with fairy tale dinning area, great socializing spot. There was a beautiful vegetarian restaurant and a cinema. They put a few movies everyday and instead of seats there were futons on the floor and cushions all dressed in cow's skin. Every night there was something on. Live music, music contests, party! Great crowd, good music, fire dancing ( a bit like small Glastonbury in Australia is an easy comparison). People were really friendly and we spent there more than planned.
And there we were in King's
Cross, Sydney, very much like King's Cross, London. Trying to get
in touch with my friend Craig who would put us up at his place for a few
days. We were living with Craig, his girlfriend Jodie and little two years'
old Jai which was a bit strange but fun. Jai, crazy and super happy kid,
was everywhere. We went out all together a couple of times and we also
watched lots of TV. It was really nice to be at a home and made feel like
On the last Sunday there was the City to Bondi Beach (where we were staying) marathon and Craig was running it. The area was throbbing with people and everyone was getting drunk after the run finished. It was a fine happy day. Jodie set up a boot sale at the door of the house and we were hanging around. Before leaving, we made a little video of Jai to send to his dad in England.
Sydney We found our way across the city and caught a train out to Bondi Beach (just a few km east of the city center) and were met by Jodie and Jai (friends). They took us back to their flat where we stayed for about a week. It was great to be in a proper bed again after the weeks of camping on hard ground with no mats (many aches and pains). Jodie and Craig were great hosts (though we didn't see that much of them) and we spent our time exploring Sidney a bit. I decided I quite liked Sidney and if I had to live and work in another city other than London I think it might be here. Its quite a modern metropolis and has a certain feel of London in places.
Although it was winter and it was mostly cold there were some fine days and we got around the city a bit. We visited loads of galleries (there was contemporary festival on of some sort), and also an iMax showing a Cirque du Soleil. We went all over the harbor and had some spectacular sunsets.
At the end of our stay we bade farewell and set off for the airport....