05.01.2009 - 05.01.2009 32 °C
5th January 2009
My last full day in Sydney - I can't believe it has gone so quickly!
My first stop is the post office as I decide my bag needs to get a bit lighter (even though the wine and christmas cake are no longer an issue). I'd thought ahead though last night and collected together eligible items for sending back to the UK - things I can handle letting go into the powers of air mail! I buy myself a box and my parcel weighs in at just short of 4kg - woo-hoo, now I can buy more stuff!!
I make my way to Circular Quay just in time to jump on the Bondi Explorer. The route is pretty but I decide that, given my lack of time today, I may as well stay on all the way to Bondi. Thankfully, the bus driver stops at a few key places to allow us to take some photos.
So Bondi - its a beach but from the route I've taken in Australia, I've certainly seen more impressive ones! However, it's an icon so I take a few snaps and decide to head off on the 3.5km coastal walk around to Bronte beacch which Vivi has recommended to me. There's a lovely breeze but I'm not taking any chances and keep my hat firmly on! Its an easy walk and I'm at the next bus stop on the route in time to head more or less straight back to Circular Quay.
Timing is on my side today clearly as I jump off the bus and straight onto a Manly ferry. I'm told that Manly is a preferred option to Bondi but given that Manly is also overrun with people today, I can't say either way! What I can say is that 'Ive been there and done it' but I'm content to turn around and head back to Circular Quay and indeed my apartment.
I'm exhausted and I have to pack and clean. I do have enough time for a snooze though! I make myself some tea, pack up my things and head back into Circular Quay to take some "Sydney at night photos" - I could just take a couple of those joke pitch black shots but it'll be nice to see at night.
I speeak to Vivi and wish that I was going back to Adelaide instead of venturing into the unknown of New Zealan but I know that she's heading off herself soon.
I've had the most bizarre week - the last time I was in Sydney I couldn't get enough of the place and felt that I'd left a piece of me here. On returning, I feel empty - wheteher thats because I'm exhausted, homesick or maybe just out of sorts, I don't know.
What I do know is that I wouldn't want to return to this City alone again. I need to share the buzz and excitement of it with someone and above all else, I'd pay the money to enjoy NYE in style!!