We’ll cut to the chase—we are staying in Australia until minimally early 2018!
How did we get here? We’ll get to that. But first, a little bit about our favorite sights (so far) in Sydney:
Manly – northern beaches where Marco’s sister lived during her time in Sydney. Laid back vibe with stunning views of downtown Sydney and beaches where penguins often show up!
Bronte-Bondi Walk – breathtaking views of cliffs jutting over the Pacific Ocean, many great spots for whale and dolphin watching. A number of swim/surf clubs have built pools into the natural rocks for swimming. In theory you could walk from South Coogee all the way up the coast to Watson’s Point (~14 kilometers/8.7 miles)
Central Business District (CBD) – your classic downtown area, always crowded with people and buses, lots of great restaurants and bars
The Rocks – the most European-looking part of the city. The Discovery Museum is a must-see as it provides a history of Sydney from Captain Cook’s arrival –present (incidentally, we’re hoping to check out museums that explore the areas’ Aboriginal communities)
The Museum of Contemporary Art – honestly, we never checked out the art, but we went up to the café on the top floor for awesome views of the harbor/Opera House
Bridge Climb – this is something people keep suggesting we do, but it’s pricey (and currently pretty cold!) so we’ve been holding off
Blue Mountains – about 2 hours away from Sydney, great day trip that often includes a trip to a wildlife reserve
For quite some time, we had been talking about giving Australia a shot for an extended period. Australia offers both U.S. and Italian citizens (among many others) the possibility to live and legally work for up to one year, so we applied for the visas hoping that we’d be able to find opportunities when we arrived.
Within our first weekend in Australia, two prescient events occurred that told us, “this is your place.” First, upon a visit to Circular Quay (where you can visit the Sydney Opera House and take in a view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge), we decided to stop for refreshments when a seagull promptly pooped on me (Melissa). This is virtually internationally considered a sign of good luck—mostly as consolation, presumably. Second, when we were starving and didn’t want to venture far from our Airbnb in Bondi, we found the closest place with one dollar sign and 4 stars on Yelp and we walked in to find that this chargrilled chicken restaurant and our blog shared a logo – the wishbone.
Aside from the constant feeling of being in Wonderland (why is August so cold? which direction do I look while crossing the street?), our experience in Sydney has been great. People are friendly, the weather rivals LA, work policies are family- and individual-friendly, and public transportation is clean.
At the moment we’re working in a combination of fun and serious (career-oriented) jobs, all the while planning future travels around Australia and the south Pacific.
So tell us: where should we go next?