Warning. This post is a bit over the top image wise as my mind is exploding with everything Sydney!
Since The Captain returned home to Italy last week for a visit, I have been networking/interviewing and enjoying the sights of Sydney, often in the company of friends. I feel like I have been shot out of a cannon after spending six relaxing months in the islands. But it is all good. Sydney feels like home.
The night The Captain departed, my friends Aimee and Andy invited me to see Hozier in concert at the Hordern Pavilion. I was quite the concert goer in my New York days, and went to many shows with Aimee and Andy when they lived in NYC. Since they returned to their home in England in 2005, I have only seen Aimee and Andy once. But lucky me, six months ago they moved to Sydney so I expect to see a lot of them.
I felt a bit apprehensive about going to a concert again after a few years at sea. But I relaxed a bit while walking to the Pavilion through charming Paddington. And Hozier was awesome and the crowd was very relaxed, so now I am keen to see more shows while I am in Sydney.
The next day, I set out on my first of many visits to Hyde Park and surrounding areas where I’ve been treated to countless, breathtaking sights. I didn’t get great shots at the Hozier Concert, so I am sharing pictures of my tours instead.
On Saturday, I met up with Helen, Pamela, and Kerry, three sailor friends that were visiting Sydney for a bit of ‘girl time’. We had lunch, enjoyed a bit of the Matsuri festivities, and then headed to the very ornate Chinese Garden of Friendship which are modeled after the classical gardens of Suzhou (where my friend Debbie lives).
One of my favorite aspects of The Garden was the availability of traditional clothing that many patrons donned as they stroll the pathways. And there were many spill over visitors from Matsuri Sydney sporting outfits that added even more color.
After a taste of the traditional, we opted for some science fiction and headed off to the theater to see The Martian (today a dream, tomorrow a reality, The #MarsGeneration is going to make it happen) . It was my first movie since leaving New Zealand in May. A throughly entertaining day indeed.
Next up…Bondi Beach and Sculptures By The Sea
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