People usually get a shock when I say I’m travelling alone, but I like travelling alone. You’ll see why.
Prior to my Sydney trip, I didn’t make any plans or itinerary. I wanted to be spontaneous, make a few new friends, and just go wherever I felt led to.
I rented a room in a posh apartment with a balcony overlooking the city. The owner was hardly at home and that gave me a lot of privacy, and I had the luxury to enjoy the entire apartment with the company of the owner’s dog.
On my first evening in Sydney, I hung out with this Austrian guy, Johannes. I was in Chinatown when I noticed him carrying a Lonely Planet travelers guide, so I asked if he had any plans or we could just hang out. We ended up having dinner together and walked all the way through Darling Harbour. Grabbed ourselves some beers and exchanged our contact numbers before we went our separate ways.
The next morning, I walked all the way from the apartment to the Botanic Gardens, and made my way to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I didn’t take a lot of photos because I was too lazy to keep adjusting the settings on my DSLR. I realized that when you don’t focus on taking photos, your eyes can actually capture the scenery more!
I met up with Johannes after I had my own lunch, and we took a train and bus to Bondi Beach, which was really beautiful in the evening. Had dinner there and when it got really dark, we walked all the way down to Coogee Beach. I probably wouldn’t have done it if I was alone, but since Johannes wanted to, might as well.
On Tuesday morning, I woke up at 5.30am and took a 2-hour bus ride to Wollongong. I went to one of the beaches there, where I strapped on some harnesses.. And got driven anther 20 minutes to the airport.
I was hesitant to share this video because I am quite conscious of having myself filmed, but this was really quite an experience. I was the last one out of the plane and I saw everyone getting thrown out like a plastic bag from a speeding bus.
Jumping out of the plane felt like, jumping off a bus? Except that you’ll land within a second when you jump off a bus, but this.. The feeling of falling and spinning was indescribable. My instructor let me steer the parachute and I was quite surprised that you could actually make very sharp turns even while gliding.
Met this Swiss girl who introduced herself as Sabina and she stays rather near my apartment, so we grabbed lunch and headed back to Sydney together.
I think Europeans love drinking. Johannes brought me for beer after dinner, and Sabina had beer during lunch.
Spent the last night in Sydney with an awesome solo dinner at Hurricane’s Grill. I had to queue for 45 minutes even though I only needed a table for one, and my dinner cost AUD56.40 (almost SGD75) but it was so damn worth it.
I honestly wasn’t expecting much for this trip, but I must say I’m sold.
Sydney is too beautiful.