Three weeks on, I’ve finally left Sydney but I already cannot wait to go back. At first, I was unsure on the city, unsure whether it could compare to Melbourne, but it was completely different in its self. But the reason I enjoyed it so much was because of the people we met along the way.
Staying at Nomads Westend was the best decision we could have ever made. Our room was more like a home, a small family thrown together, all so different but we all got on so well! On top of this, the staff at Nomads were incredible, helpful, engaging and a great laugh, both in the days and on nights out! It is by far the best hostel we’ve stayed in, not because of it’s design or upkeep, because it was essentially falling apart, but that didn’t matter because everyone was just so happy to be there, which is what made the visit so worthwhile!
Before staying at Nomads, we spent a few nights in an Air BNB in Pyrmont with Chantelle’s family over the new years period, before heading over to the Novotel along on Brighton Beach. The house we stayed in was beautiful, with incredible views over the harbour and perfect location for trips into the city. Novotel in Brighton was too, a great hotel, however luck wasn’t on the cards for us that weekend as the sun didn’t shine, a bit of a shame when your staying at a beach hotel, but not a single day was wasted!
While in Sydney, there’s so much to do, from visiting the iconic landmarks, to wandering around the wide range of museums, climbing the harbour bridge, shopping in the many malls, taking a trip up the blue mountains, losing yourself in the weekend markets, watching a show at the opera, gazing out across the sky tower deck, there is so much to do. I thoroughly enjoyed them all because they were all so different. Take the opera for instance, beforehand I was unsure what to think of opera, figured I wouldn’t understand what was happening, but I walked out loving the performance, and luckily, they transcribed it into English! The harbour bridge climb is definitely worth the money, while very expensive compared to a lot of other activities around the city, it’s an iconic experience that you cannot do anywhere else, so why not grab the chance while you can! But the most amazing experience while in Sydney would have to be watching the new years fireworks over the harbour bridge. It was a great evening surrounded by live music, food, and drink, definitely the best welcome to the New Year I’ve had! The blue mountains are a must visit as well if you’ve got a spare day while visiting Sydney, although it was raining the day we went, it was still a brilliant day and really topped off by the tour guides who were great fun and engaging!
The past two weeks have been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. To put it short, I didn’t get on my flight to Auckland on Wednesday. I turned up at the airport, but after a long few weeks of hit and miss conversation my heart wasn’t in the trip anymore and it wasn’t fair to myself or to Alex to go to Auckland. It wasn’t an easy decision, hence why it took me to get to the flight desk to walk away, but it was definitely the right decision. I’m now on my way to Cairns with Chantelle and Freddie for the time being, where my plans will take me? I don’t know, all I know is that if it wasn’t for the friends made at Nomads and the incredible support of Chantelle, I wouldn’t have enjoyed Sydney anywhere near as much and I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now.
Sydney really did over step my expectations. I’ve had a great few weeks in the city and I really didn’t want to leave. The people we met while staying at Nomads really did make the visit worthwhile. Its crazy how much of an impact people have over your travels, you can meet someone for just a few hours but walk away feeling like you’ve known them for a lifetime. It’s a shame to be leaving such incredible people behind, but everyone’s walking such different paths, which is the worse part about travelling. The amount of people you meet along the way, those that you bond with instantly will go on to walk another path, probably never to meet again, but that’s what encourages you to make the most of your time with them because you may never get it again. The last few days weren’t easy for me and to put it bluntly – relationships and travelling are far from easy, but we drunkenly made friends with two great guys and if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had such a great week and made such good memories, they really are incredible guys. I loved their company and cannot thank them enough! I’m not sure where my travels will take me, but if the last three weeks are anything to go by, I’ll definitely be heading back to Sydney – what better city to live in?
But, in the mean time, Cairns is calling! I’ve got no plan right now, it’s all a bit last minute, I’m in Cairns for a week then off down the coast until I can find a job, but I’m so glad to be with my best friend still. Saying goodbye to her on Wednesday morning when I left for the airport was the worst goodbye I’ve ever had to do. I cannot live without her and there’s no one else I’d rather be travelling with. She’s not just my best friend, she’s my sister, my better half, and there’s no one I care about more. Here’s to the next part of our journey together!