As one adventure ends….another begins

28 Jan

And so, finally, into Sydney. An overnight stay at another wacky hostel – in Railway Square YHA most of the accommodation is in converted railway carriages on Platform Zero… just next door to the station. Cool!

Railway Square Hostel (3)

I spent the next day wandering Sydney (one of the few places on this trip that I have seen before) – of course, the bridge, the opera house, Darling Bay the tropical gardens…

Tropic Gardens (6)

Blown over in the wind, they will never put this tree upright for fear of damaging it. Cool though.

Tropic Gardens (1)

The gardens are full of Ibises. Ibisii. Ibexes. Ibis. Ibii. Who knows?

Walk Round Sydney (13)

Last time I was in Sydney I was going to climb the bridge.. I still haven’t, but this is pretty close – a view from the bridge

Walk Round Sydney (20)

And a view of the bridge

..and then meeting up with my friend Mitch and his girlfriend Alison, who (god bless them) looked after me during my stay at their flat in Bondi.


Oh, sorry, wrong photo. This is Mitch – we met on the Green Tortoise tour. He’s a great guy, although he hasn’t quite worked that out yet.


Much drinking in the evening – the tone being set by Mitch’s flatmate who immediately proffered a beer on my arrivial (I had got lost on the way to the flat and looked a tad hot & bothered).

A day on Bondi beach followed, with a walk along the headland…

Bondi (1)Bondi (11)Bondi (16)Bondi (19)Bondi (21)Bondi (24)

(there are some even nicer beaches round the headland)

A day spent drinking champagne at the Opera Bar in Sydney on Australia Day (just underneath the opera house under the little white umbrellas in the picture)… watching various reasons for being escorted off the premises (ranging from ‘just plain drunk through ‘footwear violation’ and ‘strange dancing’)

From Manly Ferry (2)Australia Day (1)

A day in Manly (it may just be me, but I feel sorry for the girls in Manly. My heart went out to the very pretty lifeguard with ‘Manly Lifeguard’ on the back of her jacket… and do you really want to be a Manly Girl for the rest of your life?) – but just reminded me of an upmarket UK holiday town. The ferry trip to Manly is magnificent (and a bargain) though with great views of the bridge and the city.

From Manly Ferry (4)From Manly Ferry (16)From Manly Ferry (17)From Manly Ferry (18)From Manly Ferry (28)

A last minute panic to sort my flight out – we’d managed to organise it for the 28th Feb not 28th Jan – oops – so much internet usage and phone calls later and I’m back on track.

(take a look at for more ‘On The Road’ thoughts… I haven’t published this to Facebook but you may be interested to see what I am feeling….)

And then a day at the airport. Next stop Singapore… and then overland to Kuala Lumpur and Penang before I reach Bangkok. NOW the adventure begins – outside of my comfort zone, outside of western culture, and with a profound inability to speak the language. See you on the other side of the equator…


2 Responses to “As one adventure ends….another begins”

  1. Andy Lander January 28, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Hi Tim, Didn’t know you were a fan of ‘Burn Notice!!!’ Glad you are having a good time. Look forward to seeing you later in the year. And hearing of your adventures both physical and spiritual. Take care and grow. Andy x

    • Tim Hodgson January 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Hi Andy – yep, one of the things I have been entertaining myself with is complete sets of (brace yourself)

      Burn Notice
      The Mentalist
      Eli Stone

      and I am busy watching
      Dr Who

      as they appear!

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