Best. Day. Ever. (plus, The End)

Best. Day. Ever. (plus, The End)

HOY2: D215

2017 May 24 [Wednesday]

2017 ETMC Travels: Sydney Edition
Part IV

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Alright, so we’ve reached the end of this retroactive travel log. The only thing left to discuss is the culmination of the Best. Day. Ever. With two full days and one mostly full day left in Australia, we spent all of our time on the water, eating the last few items we needed to consume in order to make the trip feel like a success. Thus, on Wednesday, we spent the entire day on Bondi Beach, had a picnic and then ate some calamari at a little bistro by the water called Lush on Bondi.

 

I can’t remember exactly what we did on Wednesday night, but I have to assume it consisted of eating at Taste (a wonderful salads restaurant that offered everything from a baby beet salad to roasted lamb in a not-self-serve buffet style, that, for anyone who has been to Sydney knows, was common place. Each buffet-style salad bar place offered different items, and Taste was the best among them, at least on Bondi Road.) I know that over the course of the last few days we ate the best sushi we’d ever had, the best lamb we’d ever had, the best beet salad I’d ever had, the best chicken salad we’d ever had, the best burger we’d ever had, the best etc., etc., &c. Also, since I don’t remember exactly when we did what, but there are pictures, we bought chocolate covered strawberries at some point and won $5.00 AUD from a scratcher!

 

 

On Thursday, the lifemate had to convince me to go walk the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk. Uh, the only thing I can say is that I chose my lifemate, and he is a BAMF. We walked that magical coastal walk and found the Bronte Baths. All I can say at this point is, we had the Best. Day. Ever. After a nice afternoon swim, we finally stumbled upon a row of cafes that served both breakfast and burgers. So, I undoubtedly had eggs Benny on smoked salmon with a side of bacon while the lifemate, as usual, opted for a wagyu beef burger that, luckily, came with fries … I mean, chips.

 

I’d go into more detail about the day, but honestly, it’s a day I will never forget, and some things are best left to the memories of those involved as little secrets. Once we were off the beach and back in our Bondi Road neighborhood, I got my yearly haircut. Nothing special or fantastic, just a little trim, a new tradition (since I did the same thing whilst in Vancouver last year).

Friday was our travel day, but our flight didn’t leave Sydney until 2100. Nevertheless, we had to check out of our Airbnb (which, as a sidenote for those Airbnb hosts in Australia, INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO AND FROM SYDNEY FLY THROUGH THE NIGHT! This means that it’s nearly impossible to arrive in Sydney in the afternoon, near or around most Airbnb check-in times, and it also makes leaving Sydney a drag since most Airbnb check-out times are early in the morning, meaning travelers must either drag their suitcases around town all day or deal with the whole hassle of finding a locker, etc., etc., &c. Thus, if I were an Airbnb host in Sydney, I’d have early check-ins and late check-outs, which some sort of half-price pricing for the check-in/check-out days. I only say this because Sydney is unique in this, almost exclusively night-flight situation.) *sigh. Okay, so we were supposed to check-out at 1000, but since we’d had some issues with the host and whatnot, we thought that we’d just stick around a bit until the cleaner arrived. We were all packed and ready to go at 1000 so that when we were “kicked out,” we’d be ready to just leave with an excuse like we had the poops or something.

Anyhow, by 1030, we were ready to just get home, so we left, carry-ons in tow, and headed back down to Bondi. On the way, I got a cheap manicure, which burned some time. Then, we enjoyed the water for an hour or so with our last bottle of champagne that we emptied into a water bottle. By noon, we grabbed another bottle of bubbles, lunch, and picnicked on the grassy lawn above the beach. And then it threatened to rain. So, sometime around 1430, we lugged our luggage and ourselves via bus to Bondi Junction, where we perused a bookstore and ate more food.

The rest of the day is a bit blurry. We wanted to be at the airport by 1930, and so, we hopped on the subway to Wolli Station, where we caught a cab to the airport. The reason for this revolves solely around our wanting to bypass the airport surcharge. Again, I will write a post about this, eventually. Successful, we arrived at the airport around 1830 and were seated comfortably at our gate by 1945, waiting to board our flight back to Seoul.

Since I can only speak for myself, all-in-all this was the best vacation so far. Sure there were positives and negatives compared to our Vancouver trip, but as a whole, our vacations seem to be getting better. We landed in Seoul on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13th. By 2030, Boobs, our cat was home with us as we all lounged about unwinding from our travels. Until our next vacay, check out all the pics from our 2017 ETMC Travels: Sydney Edition!


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Because we must …

Because we must …

HOY2: D210

2017 May 19 [Friday]

2017 ETMC Travels: Sydney Edition
Part III

In vacation time, it’s Monday, May 8th, and amazingly enough, the Monday and Tuesday of this particular trip are intrinsically tied. Being as it is that I too am intrinsically tied to something, that thing being someone, that someone being an avid consumer of all things flicks, our Monday revolved around finding the only movie theater in the area that showed IMAX 3D movies. The movie in question?, why, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, of course! As enthusiasts of high-quality public transportation and, by this point, long-time holders of the opal card, the lifemate and I thoroughly studied the public transport system of Sydney to figure out the best route to the HOYTS Cinema that was showing the film in question, in the desired format. We had more than a few options but ultimately decided to get there via the quickest route possible, and then we would spend the rest of the afternoon walking home through Centennial Park toward Bondi Junction where we would shop for new running shoes in the nearest official retailer of Under Armour.

Sometime around 1200, we hopped on the 333 bus to Bondi Junction where we transferred to the 355 that dropped us off at the Lang Rd. Near Fox Studios stop at which point we would disembark and walk through the Entertainment Quarter to HOYTS Cinema. We easily found the place, bought tickets for the late-night (at 2130, Ha!) showing the following evening and then were told that the IMAX theater was in a different location, a few hundred meters from the cinema location in which we were currently standing. Also, the 3D glasses had to be purchased separately for $1 AUD a pop. We sauntered on up to the IMAX theater location, bought our glasses, and then got some lunch. The off season was in full swing during this early winter month of May down under, but luckily there were a number of eateries still providing food stuffs to the common man or woman, sorry. We opted for some sushi and perched upon a picnic table built for giants. It was awesome. The sun was bright; the day was young, and so, we got back on our little legs and walked through the entire north section of the Centennial Parklands. There’s no need at this point for me to rabble on nonsensically since the pics are up on my photography site.

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A few blissfully lonesome hours passed as we trotted through the empty grasslands, happy, sun-kissed and cart-wheeled out. Once through the park, we made our way to Bondi Junction and Rebel Sport. We each picked a pair of new running shoes, tried them on and bought them within about thirty minutes. What can I say?; we know what we like. After another quick swing through the Wooly’s liquor store, we grabbed a snack in the form of a Vietnamese bao, my very first bao experience. Uh, if you’ve never had one, there’s nothing I can say here, but if you have had one, fucking amazing!, right?

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The rest of Monday was spent being drunk and silly, and I don’t remember what else we did. This is why I’m supposed to journal more effectively! Ugh! I say this every time. Dammit! Oh well, more this-and-that and such-and-such, and we went to bed.

On Tuesday, I woke at the asscrack of dawn, and with the whole “Sydney’s on the east coast/the peoples here fucking rise early and crash early/you never regret getting up early and having a nice, long, day” monologue running through my mind, I rolled out of bed at 0600. By 1030 we were back on the 333 to Museum Station in the heart of downtown Sydney where we popped an early squat at Scruffy McMurphy’s for the Monday night airing (Stateside) of the Warriors v. Jazz Playoffs Game 4.

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The game was less than intriguing, and by this point, this is some seriously old news, but no matter, the lifemate had a nice morning watching some basketball, and I enjoyed my Cesar salad. Jk, jk, I like to watch basketball, for the most part, and that most part being … uh … the players, duh. Anyway …

After the game, we hopped back on the bus and chugged some white wine in preparation for a mid-afternoon … nap. Yes, we took a … nap. That’s what we did. I don’t remember what we ate for dinner, but then, you guessed it, we hopped back on a bus to watch the flick! At the very late hour of 2000, the bus we rode to get there the first time no longer ran its route, so we took the 380 directly to a stop that got us close enough to walk the rest of the way.

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We arrived with more than enough time to spare, and when we entered the theater, there were only two other people in the whole damn thing, and guess what, they were in our seats, amazing, no? It didn’t matter, of course, since, after seeing the theater, we opted for higher (better) seats, and in the end, there were only six of us total. By midnight we were exiting HOYTS Cinema to a completely silent, deserted wasteland. There was no one to be heard or seen during our kilometer walk back to the bus stop where we could catch the bus back to our Bondi apartment. Sometime around 0100, we were drunk again, laughing, and watching Friends safely in our home away from home. I’m not sure when we fell asleep, but I think we went to a gas station mini-mart and ended up with a Sara Lee frozen carrot cake and ice cream. I’m not entirely sure when we bought what, but I thought this was a good time to mention that we ate gas station food, at some point.

And with that, I think I shall be able to wrap it all up in Part IV, next time! Happy Friday.


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