So I've been really bad on the procrastination thing lately.. not something that usually affects me. I went to Australia way back in August, and have had so many adventures even since then. I kept meaning to post, but just kept putting it off. Well finally, I decided slow and steady wins the race, so here are my first two days in Australia. There will be more!
A bookstore! It's the kind of bookstore I grew up knowing. Small, locally owned, experts on everything that hit the shelves, collections of new and old. In Japan, they exist only for Japanese books. I grew up in the US, and these bookstores are so close to extinct, it makes me want to cry. I was wandering the streets of New Town, Sydney (my favourite area there), and was excited to find this shop. As I continued through the streets, I found even more bookshops of a similar feel. I was happy enough knowing they were somewhere, but as my trip went on, it turned out they were everywhere! I found so many tiny bookshops... and not a single large one! I'm sure they exist, but I'm glad that the large ones are the oddity instead.
How cool of a daycare is this? I work as a kindergarten teacher, and actually my school is more like a daycare than a kindergarten... anyways, these things catch my eyes nowadays, I'd easily work here. Also in New Town.
I guess it's not surprising this park is also in New Town. I wonder if this picture will be less exciting for people that live in the western world... but this really reminded me of a park in Norway. I met many a friendly folk here.
The classic. It's kinda pretty, but not the best thing about. I heard that walking across that famous bridge in the background costs over $100, who would bother?
I'd seen pictures in my textbook for the 6th graders last year, and there it was in person. Pretty cool building actually. Reminded me of the great armadillo convention center of Glasgow, Scotland.
This cool fellow was rocking out on the didgeridoo to techno music. Down by the harbor in Syndey, there's *always* at least two different folk/groups doing this.
School uniforms! Back in the States, such a rarity, but here in Japan everywhere. These were such a different style, I wanted to remember.
Fish and chips! Whoa, I thought this was English food only! Australia's quite known for it, and I think they do it better. Don't tell the English I said that though.
That's it for now. I fell in love with Australia instantaneously. Perhaps mainly for the fact that I was staying only one station away from New Town, which felt painfully close to my childhood. Honestly, it hurt very greatly getting so near to such a life, without it being the real thing. Yet somehow, I can't step away from the fire.