My Final Days as a Sydneysider

19 05 2011

Item’s I have learned today.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again… Australian’s LOVE shortening their words, they apparently ‘can’t be bothered’ to pronounce the entire thing… I know it’s REALLY DIFFICULT to say something like “sunglasses” (sunnies over here).

avos – avocado’s

rellies – relatives

bizzies – biscuits – cookies – Cookies are called biscuits here, doesn’t make asking for tea and bizzies seem like such an strange request

Oh and a fun one –
Simple – mentally slow/stupid. Said along the lines of “is he a bit simple??”

So as weird as it was to try and get used to Christmas being in the middle of summer, it’s even more strange to have the fall begin in April. It’s starting to get cold, and more so then that.. it’s dark by like 5pm! Just when it starts to get light back at home. I can some what get adjusted to it in April/May.. but it will be REALLY strange in July and August. I will have my first ever WINTER birthday (in August).. even just writing that out seems odd.

Today is my last official day in Sydney. I leave by train early in the morning for the last leg of my working adventure here, heading back to Melbourne.
I have done my best to get a few more touristy things in. Which mean’s this will be a boring blog to all those who live in Australia, but do I care? Nope.

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Having, already seen Cirqular Quay, Darling Harbor, Toranga Zoo and the Opera house, I branched out a bit more.
First was a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens. According to the (the official Royal Botanical Garden’s website):

“The Royal Botanic Garden is a botanical and cultural oasis, a green sanctuary in the heart of the great city of Sydney.
The Garden covers 30 hectares and everywhere you go, you will see reminders of the city’s beginnings. Established in 1816, the Garden is situated on the land of the Indigenous Cadigal people. This was where Australia’s first penal colony was established in 1788 when 11 ships, the First Fleet, carrying over 700 convicts, landed here. This is just a glimpse of the fascinating Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.”

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It is quite beautiful, you have these lush gardens surrounded by water with Sydney in the background. I think I walked through 2 different weddings in the 3 hour period I was there. Popular place!

Next was St Mary’s Cathedral, located just outside of Hyde Park.
According to their website –

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“St Mary’s Cathedral stands in the centre of Sydney as a Christian statement of grace and beauty. Generations of artists have bequeathed to it their magnificent gifts in stone and glass, designing a unique space of solace and prayer within this vibrant city. This Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of Sydney’s most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world. William Wilkinson Wardell, the 19th century architect, dreamed of a gothic structure shaped from the local yellow-block sandstone on which this city is built. The building was finally completed 100 years after the architect’s death. The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians”

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It is the largest church in Australia.
I went on Easter, though not being Catholic, I made sure to check it out outside of the scheduled Masses. I was blown away by it’s beauty and took a few minutes to reflect and be thankful for things around me.
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Located right after St Mary’s Cathedral and on the way to the Royal Botanical Garden’s is the Art Galleries of NSW. Now my favorite part about the Art Galleries ??? The FREE Admission (have i ever mentioned how RIDICULOUSLY expensive Sydney is???)
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As the website says “established in 1874, the Art Gallery of NSW is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. We aim to be a place of experience and inspiration, through our collection, exhibitions, programs and research.”
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Their collection consisted of
modern and contemporary works with dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
I must say I was quite moved by some of the aboriginal artwork.

My final piece of Sydney to share is Hyde Park.
Located right next to the CBD, it was honestly my favorite part of the city to walk through, calm, surrounded by a cave of trees. It was always my calm before the storm.. and honestly, I will miss it.
Hyde Park

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hyde park

Well Sydney, it has been fun, but it is now time to move on.



One response

21 05 2011

Did you crash the wedding parties? Find the buffet? Have a piece of cake?

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