Last week I shared my crafting in Australia. Here if you missed it. I generally only share my creative explorations on my blog but it's not often I travel to the other side of the world. There really are not enough words to explain this experience. My internal poles really did feel flipped upside down. Because I'm from California there was something familiar about many of the places I visited. Same, same but different. It's bazzaro California. Or California is bazzaro Australia depending on your perspective.
I have 800+ images so I've narrowed them down to a few galleries for your viewing pleasure. Thirty two images to be precise. Enjoy the clicking.
The Sydney Opera House: Sydney is synonymous with Opera House. We played in it's architectural awe, watched the sunset, and then saw a show. Grizzly Bear performed their 115th and last show in support of their album Shields. It was a nice long set because there was no opener. Amazing sound in that glorious main room. An intimate evening I now get to remember every time I hear their music.
I'm on a boat: The first personally epic event on my visit was new years. I was lucky enough to be on a boat in the Sydney Harbor to bring in the new year. They know how to put on a show. A multi-million dollar show. I have never seen so many fireworks exploding at one time even in a finale. It was all finale and at times hard to know where to look. There were three fireworks shows! Three! It's something I'll never forget.
Bushwalking: We had some finicky weather for our quick camping trip to The Blue Mountains and a hike to Wentworth Falls. The fog eventually lifted but the cooler weather was helpful in not overheating while walking on steep steps.
Animals of Australia: Baby Wombat, up close with a Koala Bear, Kangaroos laying around like humans, Dingos looking like dogs, and Birds. Bird sounds will surround my memories as they're one of the animals I saw or heard most while out and about in our daily excursions or just hanging in the backyard.
Beach: The ocean was omni present in almost everyday. Some days included two trips to the beach.
Above is the sunrise on Bondi Beach the day I left Australia. I arrived home to San Francisco on the same calendar day. Below is the sun setting on that same Pacific, far from Australia in miles and time, at Ocean Beach.
There are many more miscellaneous images on my Instagram, posted during my trip. Search the hashtag #shastablastaupsidedown. I tried not to duplicate much in this post.
if you ever find yourself upside down here are some of the places I enjoyed.
Bondi Massive — Great breakfast.
Bondi Icebergs Swim Club — Go swimming in the lap sea pool + a cafe
Neighbourhood (in Bondi) — One of my favorite meals
Mad Pizza (multiple locations) — Thinest crust I've ever had
Flamingo Merchant — Colorful handmade clothes, bags, and things for your home.
Shopping on King St. (in Newtown)
The Strand Arcade — Full of Australian makers and brands
Sydney Festival — This started at the tail end of my trip. This would be great to plan a trip around as there's lots of free activities. I got to jump on a Stone Henge shaped bounce house as part of the festival. It co-insides with Australia Day which I was gone for but would also be worth timing a trip with.
And of course Bondi Beach!
Melbourne Now, exhibit — Plan for this. It's free and at two venues. I didn't have enough time to fully explore. Ends March 23, 2014.
Naked in the Sky — The roof top of Naked for Satan has a great view of the city, good food, and cocktails
Metropolis — Great bookstore and on the roof in the same building there's a bar and Rooftop Cinema
Shopping on Brunswick St.