Settling into to Sydney – with a little bit of Mardi Gras

6 03 2011

Items I have learned today:

DNM – Deep N Meaningful. This generally refers to some profound talk/conversation that people might have, although i haven’t quite sorted out if it’s meant sarcastically yet.

-In Sydney the dress code for girls = dresses. Which goes over REALLY well for someone like me who HATES dressing up. Or if you don’t wear dresses, then heels. AWESOME. sigh. My mother would be happy at me pretty much being forced to discover my “feminine side.”

So it’s been two weeks now, and I would say I’m settling in a bit better. I have decided that I can’t afford to stay at the place that I am living. I LOVE LOVE the location, and my room is great (huge window/natural light) and there are cats

See Exhibit A – Spike and I chilling on my bed
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But, I would pretty much be able to save $0 here as the rent is really expensive. So, house hunt round two has started.. hopefully I will end up somewhere just as fantastic.. keeping my fingers crossed.

I have also started working, but the wages are lower than in Melb and I’m having to pay more taxes. I have income now (which is a very very GOOD thing), but I will still have to budget a bit differently than before if I hope to travel again.

Leena is here (for another few weeks anyway, her visa is up relatively soon and she plans to travel soon). Leena is this fantastic, AMAZING girl that I met with while working at Hastings (Hah, I’m only pretty much putting that so she will actually read this blog.. yes, I’m retarded I know.. haha, love you Leena! – the ironic thing is, she still probably won’t read this anyway) So, I have had company and someone to begin exploring Sydney with.

I have also made friends with one of my recruiters, Atwa. So slowly but surely, I am no longer a loner. But, I still don’t fully feel settled here yet.. but then again, it is ONLY the end of week two.

Last weekend was Mardi Gras.

Syndey’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras started in 1978 and has become an iconic event in the gay community. I had heard about it all the way back in Seattle. It started off as a demonstration met with police violence, and has ended up evolving into one of the largest celebrations in the world. There were 200,000 other people in attendance with me from all over the world on Saturday night, and I believe around 8,500 parade participants. People lined up all day long, and the feel and energy in the crowd was AMAZING and insane. But, of course.. typical Maria, my feet started hurting after standing too long so we left some what early.

Here are some pics:

Leena and I just outside the crowd

Leena and I just outside the crowd


Love is Not a Crime Float

Love is Not a Crime Float

So how it typically worked would be a truck/float would drive by with whatever message, followed by hundreds of people dancing in back of it, as I mentioned the energy was contagious.

A choreographed routine

A choreographed routine

Someone pepping up the crowd

Someone pepping up the crowd


Gayola Crayons walk by

Gayola Crayons walk by



Showing Some Love

Showing Some Love


Banana Love

Banana Love


This was "Princess Di, The Queen, and Prince William and Kate" showing their suppor

This was "Princess Di, The Queen, and Prince William and Kate" showing their suppor




Leena and I amongst the festivities

Leena and I amongst the festivities

It was a great evening.. followed by us heading over to Kings Cross to check out a place called Hugo. It reminded again how I could really get used to living here…. hopefully… eventually… at some point soon.

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7 03 2011
juliyya

So “Princess Di” was there in a dress and heels, but where was Cranky Josephine? Oh, I know, home in her trousers and Docs.

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