Anyway, back to our current trip....so we decided that today would be our reminiscent trip. We decided to trace our footsteps back to some of our favorite hunts back in 2000. We chose to drive since it was a weekend and we figured that traffic conditions wouldn't be too bad. Our first stop was Myrtle Street where RG used to stay 10 years ago. The apartment still looked the same...with the same laundromat occupying the first level. Then we drove around the university district and also the Uni of Sydney. As we passed the Quadrangle, we saw some students in their graduation gowns taking photos...so we decided to stop the car and join in the graduation fun. A pity the beautiful jacaranda tree in the Quadrangle wasn't in full bloom. And here's how it'd look in its prettiest state http://www.usyd.edu.au/senate/unihistorypics1b_2.shtml
After leaving Uni of Sydney, we drove towards Paddington as we had wanted to visit the Paddington Market which was only opened on Saturdays. We had quite a hard time finding street side parking and it didn't come cheap either http://www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au/ There are many weekend markets in Sydney but Paddington is by far my most favorite! There were a few hundreds of stores selling all kinds of products, of which many were handmade. Paddington market is also the birth place of many top Australian designers and artists.
The below photo was taken at Glebe Point where you can enjoy views of the Blackwattle Bay, Anzac Bridge and in the far distant, the Sydney Tower from the nice quiet park. We realised that we really missed our friends who used to stay at Glebe Point...and whose apartment where they used to make bacon & eggs breakfast for us and where we used to hang out watching silly movies together.
From Glebe Point, we decided to check out the Glebe market (Sat, 10-4pm) since we were in the vicinity http://www.glebemarkets.com.au/ The stalls were sprawled haphazardly over the entire compound of the Glebe Public School. It felt much more hippie as compared to Paddington and a good place to look for vintage stuffs. I bought a retro looking airline flight bag with a picture of a vintage VW van on the front...for less than A$30 (selling for A$50 on ebay).
Even if you aren't planning on buying anything at the markets, it's still really fun and interesting just looking at the stuffs that are on sale....and admiring the ingenuity of the people who made the stuffs.
Missing the food at the Unilodge, we decided to head there for our late lunch. The food court at the Unilodge served pretty decent asian food and at very affordable prices. You could get a hearty meal of rice with meat and a drink for less than A$7.
As we were about to leave after lunch, we noticed an office near the food court that was advertising the sale of some lofts. The investment returns seemed decent enough for us to approach the staff to find out more. Apparently, investors can buy units at Unilodge to earn rental income http://www.unilodge.com.au/invest/investors/faqs.asp?ID=420 . And it just so happened that they were organising a viewing on that particular day so we tagged along to take a look around. The units that were on sale that were shown to us were currently being occupied by students and some of the lofts were totally filthy! You really can't imagine how anyone can live like that. The lofts were really small like 30+sqm. Although we were quite interested, we were later told that only Australians, PRs or full-time students can buy the units. Too bad!
Next we headed towards Broadway where we hung out at Broadway Shopping Centre for awhile. I did some x'mas shopping while I was there as I found 2 lovely houseware shops selling the prettiest baking utensils. There were several supermarkets and eateries there and so we decided to buy some groceries, cooked food and some sushi handrolls for our dinner that night. We headed back to North Sydney before the sky turned dark.
Here's an evening photo of the Lavender Bay from our hotel window. Even though we were just having a simple meal from the comfort of our hotel room, it felt almost like we were dining at a fancy restaurant with a view like that!
Nothing much seemed to have changed in Sydney but to me, it felt as if everything had changed since our last visit. Or perhaps the only change is in me and the fact that our friends are no longer in Sydney? A world of difference 8 years can make.