How you going?
After landing and getting over a very weird time difference, my first major adventure in Sydney was finding a place to live. It was a bit stressful, but I managed in the end. It was literally at the last place I visited that I signed up. I feel I was pretty fortunate, I’ve got my own room to myself with a fancy pants queen-size bed. Shared kitchen, but I ain’t no stranger to sharing. Also, looking for housing turned out to be a pretty great way to explore the city in my first few days here. I saw just about every surrounding neighborhood to the astronomy institute where I’m working.
And the best part about the place I found is the neighborhood. I’m around the corner from the train station — could not get much closer. So my commute to work is about 15 minutes door to door. And this neighborhood has everything. A million shops, a weekend market, banks, groceries, 24 hour gym, you name it. I’ve never actually lived in such a density of cool things literally at my doorstep. (Like this amazing chicken tikka wrap I had for lunch the first day.)
And maybe a 10 minute walk away is a gorgeous park (Hyde Park). And it has a night noodles market! That’s too much awesome in one! I wish I had taken some pictures of all this walking around, but I was too stressed out looking for a place to live. Next time I’ll bring the camera.
Two train stops away is K-mart! Familiarity! Sort of… But they sell Kinder eggs so I’m happy. Also they call their shopping carts trolleys here.
So now that I’ve got a place to live I can focus on the more important things, like the fact that it’s craft beer week in Sydney.