Blog Spoiler: I avoided a snake that wasn’t in a zoo, which is where they belong.
After an action packed yesterday, I decided I wanted to take it easy. It was going to be an amazing sunny day in Sydney, cool for the locals at 26 degrees, but for a New Zealander, it’s pretty much the peak of summer for me. And what better to do in the peak of summer than go for a walk.
But before going anywhere, I decided to top up my Opal card with another $10. So it turns out just like I talked about in previous posts, all travel on Sunday is $2.50 for the whole day. So I’m not sure why I topped up, probably because I’m not a smart man. Then it was time to catch the bus. There’s a few different bays before Bondi, like Bronte or Coogee. Rather than waiting for the the packed Coogee bus, I decided to catch the one to Bronte.
Along the way, there was a surf lifesaver saying keep moving, there’s a Black Snake, and if people stop, it’ll start to get freaked out. Here’s a quote:
The venom causes blood-clotting disorder and muscle and nerve damage, enough to knock you off your feet, but rarely deadly.
So that’s good news. It might be deadly, just not all the time. Like attack helicopters, and visiting Somalia.
On reaching Bondi, I sunbathed. It really is amazing to relax on the beach, and play spot the white people. Everyone in Australia appears to be brown and blonde, so when someone isn’t brown and blonde, odds are they’re a German tourist. With all the blonde people around, no wonder Germans like the place so much. But I digress. I was originally supposed to go on a Sydney Harbour Drinking Cruise, but after last night’s drink-a-thon, I decided I enjoyed my life too much to do it again any time soon.
Turns out Australia’s second largest shopping mall is at Bondi Junction, so one quick free bus later, and there I was, Westfield Bondi Junction, featuring over 500 shops. Think of it like adding about 4 of New Zealand’s largest shopping malls together into one place. The Myers there is over four floors, and takes about 10 minutes to get down all of the escalators.
There’s no Oportos in Wellington any more, so Idecided to take advantage of the one in front of my very own eyes, and ordered a half Chicken. This was a decision I ended up regretting. It’s always good value, but are there many times in life when a quarter Chicken just doesn’t satisfy? I thought today was one of those times, but I was sadly wrong, and proved that I’m not a good judge of portion sizes.
I then decided to catch the train from Bondi Junction to Central. While walking to the station, I was selected to do an interview for the Australian TAB for a commercial. They asked me a lot of horse related questions, like what’s a gelding, or what’s a swimmer, to which I looked foolish and couldn’t answer any of them. If I end up on Australian TV, this could be my shot at fame.
Moving along, I ended up getting off the train at some random railway station. Without a solid destination in mind, sometimes the city can seem overwhelming. So I took a seat, and decided to head to Luna Park.
I never made it to Luna Park. But I did make it to North Sydney, and decided to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge instead. It looks like a massive walk, but it’s actually pretty reasonable, probably took about 40 minutes. The views are nice, though I’m not too sure if it’s the wind, or my legs, but it felt like the bridge was swaying a little. Probably just my mind.