I’ve been residing in Sydney now for a little over 5 months! I live in a funky suburb called Newtown in the Inner West south of the CBD, it dates back to the mid 1800’s and the architectural is really cool. The area is full of cafes, bars, secondhand bookshops, retro clothes shops, record stores. There is a huge variety of food available from Thai, Indian, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese all within meter’s of each other. There is plenty so street art, live music, art shows and the whole place has a really nice vibe. The people here are alternative, they wear funky clothing, you can wear anything walking down the street and no-one would look at you twice. I know where to get the best coffee and my favorite places for breakfast. There is a big Gay/Lesbian culture and I have seen a few transvestites in a few of the drinking establishments. It reminds me a lot of Gloucester road in Bristol on steroids. The whole place reaks of just being who you are.
I’m been staying in a backpackers since September called Billabong gardens. As far as hostels go its pretty good, there is a pool, big kitchen, music, free internet and cheap wireless internet. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and most of the rooms are fairly spacious, cleaned everyday and some are en-suite with a balcony. The room I have been “allocated” is what I believe to be the smallest room in the hostel and with 6 boys in one room, you can understand what I mean when I say thing are not always smelling like roses. There is little room to put your things without using up valuable walkway space and I often fall over bags, cables and shoes on the way to the bathroom in the dark.
However I care not! This Friday I will be saying goodbye to my two and a half month stay at the hostel and I moving in to a warehouse house converted apartment with my girlfriend (more on this soon) for one month over the summer. It’s conveniently located 10 minutes south of central station and only 20 minutes walking distance back to Newtown and 10 minutes to Glebe and Victoria park. I will post some pictures once we have settled in. It’s also working out $105 cheaper to rent the apartment than staying in the hostel as they are charging an extra $135 over the 10 days Christmas period.
We will be looking after the place for a couple who are going to Bali on holiday. I am looking forward to some privacy, peace and quiet and catching up on a lot of sleep! No more having to get dressed in the shower room 🙂 I am certain that after a few days of peace I will be craving some company and will no doubt be going back to the hostel for some chit chat but safe in the knowledge that I have a quiet peaceful placed with a bed to return to.
I work for the global sector of University of New South Wales (UNSW). The job is “Pretty crusiy”. I look after the websites and marketing materials for a group of businesses who provide pre-university courses primarily targeted at students from Asia. I work on campus about 20 walk from Coogee beach and have a view across Randwick racecourse towards to city.
From Friday I have just over two weeks off work for the holidays! Albeit unpaid leave as I am a contractor. I can’t wait! With average temperatures of 30C and clear blue skies. I don’t feel remotely festive! I will spend my time between the park, the pool, beaches and the BBQ, drinking ice cold beer kicking back and soaking up some rays. A few friends from the hostel are renting out a house up on Sydney’s northern beaches (Palm beach where Home & Away is filmed) so it’s likely I will head up there for a day or two.