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Daily Life 2017
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USA - the EAST
Ca-Li-FOR-ni-A! (It's a Nation State)
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USA - the WEST
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Mexico and the Caribbean Islands
Amazing INDIA
Entertaining Sites Around LOS ANGELES
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'17 Jul: Queensland
Cairns, Port Douglas, Lady Elliot, Brisbane.
including two visits to
The Great Barrier Reef!
'17 Jul: Darwin+ and The Red Center
The Northern Territory
and The Red Center.
July 8-13 Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhemland.
July 13-18 Alice Springs, Uluru.
'17 Jul: Broome
Western Australia
Camels and sunsets and a tour of the Danpier Peninsula - July 1-7.
'17 Jun: Tasmania
Including a bus tour of the mountains. And it's cold. June 23-July 1.
'17 Jun: Canberra and Melbourne
Canberra June 16-20: The nation's capital, and Relatives!
Melbourne June 20-23: A very fine city.
'17 Jun: Sydney
The bookends to this trip - first and last. Only first is in here now...back on July 29.
'07 Apr: Christchurch-Hokitika
Across the top third of the South Island, east to west...Christchurch-Akaroa-Arthur's Pass-Hokitika
'07 Apr: the Glaciers-Oamaru
(managed almost 2 weeks of the 6 week plan) The Glaciers-Queenstown-Milford Sound-Dunedin-Oamaru

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June 11-12

And I'm off!

(I also don't want to forget my charming and oh-so-satisfying Lyft ride to the airport so I'm going to write it here.)


The travel-gods smiled upon me and gave me an empty seat for the 15 hour ride. It's amazing how not-too-hard it is to pass the time when you're not struggling against someone's space invasion overreach across the arm rest.

And all the rest of it was sooo easy - money, toilet, ticket and transport card, train (so comfortable and smooth - a private enterprise a guy on the plane told me), and then...

...bam, right out at Circular Quay (not Circle Quay like I've been saying to myself for months and btw quay is pronounced key, it just is), and a super easy walk to my Airbnb here in The Rocks district just up the hill from the harbor.

I've organized my stuff a little and am about to head out for the day. Gud on ya matey, my new favorite expression.

June 13

My flight arrived at 6:20am and I was settled in my sweet little attic airbnb with a view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

I hooked everything up to make sure I was in e-business and then took off in hopes of staying awake until evening. Like that was going to happen, and it didn't. I was 'resting' by 5. Then I woke up in time to take a pill and go back to sleep until 6:30am local time. That is awesome!

Back to the morning when I left the airbnb for my walk into town. Just two blocks and under the bridge...what is this?

It's this. A giGANtic party club...HUGE...

...and I watched them roll so so so VERY many kegs of beer into that place. Oh my goodness, this is a Hot Spot. It's call The Argyle on Argyle Street.

Circular Quay is the modern port and is also part of the area called The Rocks. These are some of the refurbished shops and accommodations towered over by the Central Business District.

It immediately reminded me of Singapore. I haven't figured out what I want to do about this situation that happens daily, where one new and interesting thing reminds me of another thing. It's good to use what you've learned to put new things in context, but it's also good to see everything with fresh eyes.

I loved this place: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. The artist Kader Attia had an entire floor devoted to his projects and they were awesome.

Also there were many staff members made up of enthusiastic, knowledgeable youth eager to help and eager to just chat about the artists and their works, and make interesting suggestions about venues to visit that were not yet even on my radar.

His work was emotional without being complicated. He wanted to say something and he said it loud and clear. I'm only showing two of the many projects on display.

From the brochure: Kader Attia, born in 1970, is a French-Algerian artist who explores ideas around colonization, identity, repair and reparation." I think I saw he was born in France and works in Algeria and Berlin.

There's a permanent collection too...

...and many modern works by indigenous people.

This is wiki's picture and she is always generous. It's the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The Opera House is on the far left. I walked across that thing today which was not a spectacular challenge. It's less than half as long as the Golden Gate. It was very good fun.

You can also pay to get higher but I was fine!

Here's a view from one of the Photo Ops. There must be one million of this exact picture floating around the internet.

Off the bridge on the other side I'm now in search of Luna Park whose motto from the 1930s is "Luna Park, Just for FUN!"

You can find a view of the bridge or the Opera House almost anywhere you try.

Welcome to Luna Park!

I know you're lovin' it!

It's open Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon and since today is Tuesday...

...we've got a little old-timey amusement park ghost town.

I was happy enough not to be knocking shoulders with a crowd although some kids enjoying themselves would have livened up the place.

I left the park and walked around and under the bridge to catch one of the ferries that would bring me back to Circular Quay. There is a very active ferry system so you can walk walk as much as you want to walk and then there's always a way to get back.

June 14

Today I did a Top of the Tourist List walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee. On the map 1) Sydney with the bridge, Opera House, and The Rocks where I'm staying 2) Bondi Beach 3) Coogee 4) where I'm going today, to Manly Beach.

I've chosen these activities because it will probably not rain and anything can happen with the weather by the time I get back.

I took the bus out to the start of the walk.

Here is looking back to the crescent of Bondi Beach. No People! In nice weather there are people shoulder to shoulder. This is nice weather for me!

And turning around to look forward to the next phase of the walk.

It was mostly an up and down paved trail, also some groomed trail, and a ton of steps.

You can see all the bays from the map above, and each and every one was GORGEOUS and as I understand, packed in summer.

There were still a scattering of surfers in full wetsuits and ear to ear smiles all along the way.

An ibis! I've seen hundreds and they fill the city like pigeons. Some nicknames: dumpster diver, flying rat, and tip turkey.

People around here don't like them very much.

Another one of those awesome bays.

We were detoured through Waverley Cemetery...

...because that path you see here has now dropped into the sea.

(internet pic)

As for the Waverley Cemetery, here's what wiki has to say: "The Waverley Cemetery is a cemetery on top of the cliffs at Bronte in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1877, it is noted for its largely intact Victorian and Edwardian monuments. It is regularly cited as being one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world."

It's true, it's huge, dense, and gorgeous.

I think he's a magpie.

Then there was the Parrot Forest. Wow is right.

Looks like a Rainbow Lorikeek to me.

And more. It was bird day alright. Isn't this an ordinary seagull? He would stomp in the water kicking up mud and then stare like he is now certainly waiting for food.

The internet says Silver Gull.

Destination, Coogee Beach!

It was time to head back and as I was puzzling over the schedule at one of the bus stops this sweet gal showed me all the options, we decided on a route, and she walked me to the right place. Thank you sweetie!

I did a bus and a train as easy as could be. But it adds up in cost. I'm used to paying a quarter, senior rate in my town, and I've gone through about $40 already including the ride from the airport.

Walking back to my place I passed the deli where I bought delicious food earlier in the day. I had one of those sandwiches and it was perfect.

Yesterday I had another delicious treat, a salad of roasted pumpkin and feta and tomatoes and rocket (what they call arugula).

Food is Super expensive! Other than these I've had perfectly good snacks from the market. Today I'm hoping to have a nice fish lunch at Manly...yum.

June 15

Heading down to the ferry through my neighborhood. Many of these buildings are preserved from back then - the whole story of The Rocks is long and complicated which I will leave for now.

I love that you can surprisingly catch sight of the bridge and the Opera House...

...and a school group here for an outing dressed for the occasion.

Indigenous people occupied this area 40,000 years ago. There's a museum here that tells a little about the ancient history but I have to say it's not a very good museum. I'm sorry about that.

I have to fact-check this memory but I seem to have heard that the Europeans did an even more thorough job of wiping out the Indigenous people in Australia and Tasmania than we did with our own Indigenous people.

There's a small arch on the sidewalk, go through the arch and you're here.

What the sign says: CAUTION Heritage Walkways Uneven Surfaces.

I was going to go to Manly to eat fish at Hugos. But today I remembered that one of my airplane pals (you find such interesting people standing around, stretching and chatting at the toilets) said Oh No you have to eat fish at Doyles in Watson Bay.

So I took a survey of a few people and the consensus was absolute. Go to Doyles in Watson Bay.

So I did and there I am. You can see the city in the middle distance. It's a 20 minute ferry ride over so even within commuting distance.

Look who's lining up. It's a living organism with many heads and it moves with purpose and enthusiasm. You go girls.

The terminal, the city, a girl, and a dog.

Watson Bay is home to Sydney Harbor National Harbor Gap Bluff looking into Sydney Harbor and out to the Tasman Sea.

He has the face of a Myna, yellow eye-yellow beak but his body is a little too grey. So I don't know!

Continuing the walk through Gap Park that's the Tasman down there...

...and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo fly wild around here.

It was beautiful and easy to tromp around.

I sat on a park bench for some time admiring this sky. The layers of the clouds were so engaging and then also I was trying... get this Crested Pigeon to hold still long enough for his crest to stop wobbling.

Coming in on the ferry from Watson Bay.

From Ingalill: "Bit of trivia for you.... did you know that the tiles covering the Opera House are made in Sweden. Höganäs Keramik." I did not!

I couldn't do it with the pictures because there are so many EXCELLENT pictures on the internet.

If you have any interest PLEASE ask google for {{vivid Sydney 2017}}

The centerpiece displays are the bridge and the Opera House. The show they produce on the wings of the Opera House is A-MAY-ZING and the bridge follows along.

If you have any interest PLEASE ask youtube for {{vivid Sydney 2017}}

These are not my pictures! These pictures are good!!

The city has taken this idea and run with it big time. SO right up my alley!

These are not my pictures! These pictures are good!!

June 16

The view out my window, my lovely host Mary, and the wallpaper in my room.

One corner of my little attic hideaway.

I'm going to come back here at the end of the trip for another four nights because despite being a third floor walk-up, and despite sharing the bathroom with another guest on the second floor, and a few other little nitty things I'm so comfortable and I totally love the neighborhood.

Off to CAMBERRA now on the bus!
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