25th Feb 2012 - 26th Feb 2012
A Sydney based weekend
Saturday was date day with my pal Emma. In a random turn of events, within the space of two days Emma and her boyfriend Adam had moved from the wild west of Sydney into the city centre. Well almost city centre, it’s right on the doorstep of Kings Cross. The flat is small but cosy – and is perfect for both of them because they can both walk to work. Nearby is Rushcutters Bay so with our packed lunch of roast beef sandwiches we took a wander down to explore, enjoy the sunshine and gossip. Hours and hours later, we went back to the flat to sample some lovely wine before hitting the local area to find somewhere for dinner. In our bid to be spontaneous, we bought a bottle of wine and looked for somewhere that did BYO (bring your own). We both disregarded the guide books which had some suggestions, thinking that we would stumble across a load of different places that did BYO but after about 45 minutes of walking around the wine had started to go to my head and I was getting hungry. Out came our phones and Google and we discovered a pizza place that happened to be right opposite where Emma lived.
A fair bit of wine later and it was time to head home. Kings Cross is renowned as a lively place on a Saturday night. Not only is it a popular backpacker scene but the bars were spilling out with people who come in from the suburbs for a Saturday night out. It was definitely a sight to see. I was awake early on Sunday morning. It was slightly intentional in that I was hoping to speak to my friend back home who juggles working on a weekend and an 18 month old son. Needless to say it didn’t happen but by then I was awake and unable to head back to sleep. We spent the afternoon in the Botanical Gardens, starting with a picnic. It wasn’t a very sunny day but boy it was hot and muggy. We walked all the way round to Mrs Macquarie’s seat. I thought I’d seen it before but on further investigation I hadn’t quite walked far enough around. Mrs Macquarie was the wife of one of the first governors of New South Wales and he was responsible for building the area that is the botanical gardens. The point is very picturesque and overlooks Sydney Harbour. We continued walking around the park and headed towards the centre where the bats hang out in the trees during the day. On our way there we stopped off to take some photos of a few spiders who were rather large and just hanging out. Alecia and Jim have just bought a new camera so they wanted to test out taking different shots. Eventually we got to the bats. There were hundreds of them. It was late afternoon so occasionally we’d spy a bat stretching out its wings, just starting to wake up for their day/night. After a very sticky walk we headed home. The humidity didn’t ease much and so it was a difficult night’s sleep on the sofa bed. In the end, I’d got so hot I couldn’t sleep that I had to open the balcony door. This was after I’d shut the windows because the blinds were knocking and keeping me awake. I also, despite being on the top floor probably didn't think I'd sleep with the door open not to mention the cockroach issues. Eventually i think I'd got that hot that I started to be a little delirious so opening the balcony door was bliss.