last week, i went to sydney for a 5-day vacation. i’ve been thinking of going to this place for some time now but didn’t expect it to be this soon. flyscoot airfare was too tempting to be ignored! i wish i could have stayed longer but i’m already short of vacation leaves. 😦
visa application is a breeze. as long as you give the complete documents (complete application form, round trip ticket itinerary, certificate of employment, approved leave, bank statement and payment), you will get the visa within 5 working days. too sad that australia now follows a visa free label policy so i wasn’t able to get a new visa stamp in my passport. they just gave me a print out of my visa number in a bond paper which you could throw away by mistake. it’s just a happy sight to see many colorful things inside your passport. a colorful passport is a colorful life. 🙂
it was a 7.5 hr long tiring flight going to oz. i’m asleep most of the time during the flight. i arrived sydney past noon their local time. after passing immigration, i searched for the shuttle transport provided by the hostel. the cold spring breeze welcomed me as i stepped out of the airport. i thought i came unprepared since my college friend reg, told me to bring sleeveless and shorts for clothing. it’s weather crazy everyday after all.
i stayed at alfred park budget hostel, which is a 20-minute walk from central railway station. it is a bit shabby looking from the outside but is actually ok inside. i booked a bed in a 4-bed female dormitory room and to be honest, i did not like the room assigned to me. i was sharing a room with two other girls (mother-daughter to be specific) and seems like they were living in that room … f-o-r-e-v-e-r. when i stepped inside the room, i saw clothes strewn all over, soiled clothes under the bunk beds, left over foods on top of bed, unkept bed, make-up/curling iron/knickers scattered on the floor and luggage bags open for the world to see, major disappointment. ok, maybe i was expecting for an immaculately clean room similar to one in tokyo few months back. good thing, the staff accommodated my request to switch rooms so i then transferred to a bigger and cleaner room sharing it with two other french girls. how i love ze accent!
after check-in and few hours of rest, i went to central railway station to meet my friends. i first met with xave, as he just came out from school/work (?) within that area. he was my first official tour guide and he showed me around the city while waiting for reg who’s already on her way. thank you seat mate for the welcome drink! 🙂
later, we finally saw reg and we continue walking around the city. a few hours of endless walking with stories in between made us all hungry so we ended up going to the sydney food festival at hyde park.
of course, eating adventure won’t be complete if there are no drinks after that. we stayed further for a couple of drinks, not to the point of being drunk though. just a few heart-to-heart moments and we’re good.
we ended the day by walking back towards central railway station where we first came from…
…and this is just the first day.
[to be continued]