Sydney reminded me of the vibrant and bustling city streets of New York; a thriving metropolis complete with high rise buildings, non-stop entertainment, a vast array of eclectic food options, (including the delicious Kangaroo burger), and an overall fast-paced lifestyle. The significant difference is the Australian laid back attitude that is pervasive throughout the country.
When I arrived in Sydney, I stayed at the Maze hostel, which I’d recommend only if you’re used to staying in hostels because well, let’s face it; it takes a different breed of person to stay in a hostel. At the ripe age of 29, rooming with a group of three 19 year old males, I knew that my stay would be nothing short of interesting. Although I was deliriously sleep-deprived and jet-lagged, I visited the Sydney Opera House that evening and it was well worth the wait. The Opera House, with its impressive architectural design, is one of the busiest performing arts centers in the world. It is considered one of the most famous landmarks in Australia, along with the Harbour Bridge, and after one glance I understood why they’re both so awe-inspiring.
That evening I returned to my hostel to find one of the Swedish youngins hanging his head over the top bunk bed. It appears he had passed out that way and I didn’t want to bother him so I just tried to steer clear and navigate to my bottom bunk. On my quest to reach the bed, I stepped in something I can only describe as a wet squishy feeling. And then it hit me. I just stepped in this kid’s vomit. Disgusting! Remember earlier when I mentioned it takes a special breed of person to stay in a hostel? This would be why. Oh well, I guess now I know what I’m in for.
I was beginning to need a real conversation with a quality person, so I started talking to this Swedish girl in the bathroom. We hit it off and decided we should be travel buddies from that point on. The next thing you know we were hitting bars, eating, and taking transit to Bondi Beach together. This is one of the best things about hostels – you might have to dodge some vom, but it’s also a great way to meet people, make new friends, and find travel buddies.
Bondi Beach, for the most part, is just a big gorgeous beach scattered with bronzed-bodied Australians gods and goddesses sunbathing and other pale tourists trying to get their surf and sun exposure. No big deal. We had a great time gallivanting around there and taking photos.
There is so much to explore and capture in Sydney I could have easily spent more than 6 days there, but my conquest was just beginning. I had many more places to explore, including Airlie Beach and Cairns! Also.. pssstt.. check out my experiences sailing from Airlie Beach and scuba diving in Cairns if you need more Oz fun!