Category: Personal

Since people in Australia drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and there are so many visitors here, they’ve put markings on most street street corners tell you which way to look. It might sound rather pedantic, but it has saved the bacon a number of times. It’s kind of hard to break a 40+ year habit of looking left, right, then left again and doing the opposite. I’ve caught myself a few times already almost stepping into the…

It started out innocently enough. I wanted to go for a walk to Hay Market. It’s an area where they have lots of stuff on sale, everything from fruits and vegetables to clothing and sporting gear. I left the hotel, looked at the map and went exactly the opposite direction of where I needed to go. You see, I had my map upside down. That is, north and south reversed. It can happen to any of us … I hope…

I was asked a very good question: So far, from what you’ve seen, what do you like most about Sydney. As yesterday was rainy, and today, sunny. I didn’t have much to say because I hadn’t really seen anything. Today, I took a rather very long walk of approximately 4 hours and here are my first impressions. What I like most: The green spaces. Sydney has set aside a bit of real estate for green spaces in the heart of…

After my random walk around Sydney, I came back to the hotel, hopeful to have luggage. When I went to the front desk to inquire if they had delivered my luggage, I noticed that it was there in the holding room. Oh you beautiful, garish, gr1y and orange bag! I love you. Yes, gray with orange sides. I bought it because it is so distinctive. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s very easy to find when it comes off…

OK. I had to do it. You cannot, simply cannot, go to Sydney and not take photos of the Opera House. The Opera House, the most famous Australian icon, is located about 2 or 3 miles, from my hotel. During my random walk around Sydney, I ended up here. The challenge was, of course, to try to pull something unique out of an oft photographed icon. There are billions of pictures of this landmark. And, nearly every time that I…

It was in my original plan to do a lot of walking, exploring and, of course, picture taking. That is, of course, still in my plans; however, even more so. In the U.S. we seemed to be a bit spoiled. We have expectations of what we should get for free. Most every hotel, restaurant, and coffee shop offer free WiFi. Go to a hotel and forget your deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb? No problem! Just go to the front desk, tell…

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