Sydney, part five

On my last full day in Sydney, I met up with local blogger Rachel of The Creamy Middles. She'd always seemed on her blog like someone I would want to know in person, AND she offered to show me around the city. Aside from her being cool and Sydney being cool, I'd been hit by jet lag and a little travel-loneliness that day (only the second day, and never again until the end, strange, I know), An afternoon of frolicking across a new part of Sydney with this lovely creative spirit was just what the doctor prescribed.

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We had an afternoon picnic of delicious macarons at  Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Botanic Gardens first. n.b. I always thought it was "macaroons" but apparently those are an entirely different beast. They came in attractive flavors like passion fruit, jasmine, and rose.

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She told me about her adventuring in Italy earlier this year and played with my Diana. She was attacked by a magpie in the middle of explaining their belligerent tendencies to me, and told me to make sure I saw a galah while I was in Australia. [I did, when I was with my Perth beautifuls.]

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We walked and walked around around the western side of the city. Woolamaloo, King's Cross, a little Paddington, some other names I can't remember now, and back to the city center.

She gave me the name of the beautiful purple-blossomed trees I'd seen around the city--jacaranda--and we played the accent/vocabulary game, and she assured me I didn't need to worry about looking first right, then left as I crossed streets, because nobody looks before crossing the street in Sydney. [Too much sky? That would be my explanation. In Australia, you must look up.]

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She brought me to a park in her neighborhood where some clever knitters had clothed some of the tree branches, sculptures, bike racks, and sign posts in woolly sleeves.

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And where there was a DANDELION FOUNTAIN. I shrieked a little when I figured it out.

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She pointed to this apartment building. I like this name, she said. Me too.

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And she showed me one of the fanciest (in a modern way) bathrooms I have ever seen. It was in an upscale shopping gallery. Very sleek. Very modern. Oui.

If you don't read Rachel's blog, you should start now with this post. I think if you like me, you will like her, because she is definitely a kindred spirit.

Rachel - thank you again for the nicest afternoon. If/when I move to Sydney, you will be the first person I tell.

8 comments:

minteva 10/31/2009 8:10 PM  

ah this reminds me- a galah decided to almost fly into my windscreen the other day! scared me :S
these photos are so lovely miss. and it's nice to hear more of your adventures :) perth next yay!

pinkapplecore 11/01/2009 6:47 AM  

aw i loved the tree and the fountain...i would have squealed out loud at the fountain.

<3

Sonia. 11/01/2009 10:01 AM  

lol I always thought they were pronounced 'macaroons' too!

Gorgeous photos, loving the fountain too!

Beth Kephart 11/01/2009 2:19 PM  

I can imagine you shrieking at the dandelion fountain, and it makes me smile.

Georgie K. Buttons 11/01/2009 6:19 PM  

Love the fountain! It's amazing.

gabi dickinson 11/02/2009 4:56 AM  

oh my goodness, that fountain is marvellous!
i read her blog, and am slightly jealous you got to spend real-time with her :)

cuileann 11/02/2009 5:03 PM  

minteva - I found out my Queenslander pronounces Gala of Gala Darling as "Galah." HEEhee.

pinkapplecore - I know, it's awesome enough, right?

Sonia - I guess macaroons exist, but that's not them! Heh. And thanks.

Beth - Rachel thought something was terribly wrong. :)

Georgie - Mee too. We should have one here.

Gabi - Yess, she's pretty awesome.

R. 11/03/2009 2:25 AM  

YAY THAT'S MEEEE SELF-INDULGENT CAPS LOCK!!1

This is too lovely. You are too lovely. It was a wonderful afternoon. Move to Sydney!!1

I am also delighted at how many people are adoring the El-Alamein Fountain. I see so often completely forget what a gorgeous sight it is - if there was none of that guerilla knitting, we wouldn't've gone anywhere near it!

P.S. Macaroons are American chocolate-coconutty things, I think?
P.S.S. Hi Gabi! Thanks for the kind words.

--xo.

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