The 4 pictures that I took whilst in Australia…

BY ONEIKA RAYMOND

Mmmhh, well, maybe I took more than 4. But really, only less than about 30. Not to say that Australia is not picture-worthy. But, within the framework of my trip (I went for a work conference and not for pleasure) and of course because of the short time-frame I was there (only 5 days!), I didn’t really have the time nor desire to take pictures…

Anyhoo. So I got in Sydney (after a 9hr flight) and was supposed to promptly board another flight to Adelaide (a 2 hr flight south-west of Sydney), which was where my conference was being held. But fate had something else in mind. Due to baggage issues and security issues at the Sydney airport, I missed my connecting flight to Adelaide and was told that I would have to wait another 3 hours to get on another flight. But being the adventurer I am, I decided to ask to get on an even later flight so that I could check out what Sydney had to offer.
Eight hours in Sydney meant I was able to board a train to the city center and check out the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge and the surrounding area:


And walk around until I ran into this Aborigine music group who heckled me until I went over to play in their band and snap this photo (no word of a lie, the man to the left of me in the photo cried out “come over here and play, you Black like us!!” LOL):

My trip to Sydney also involved a visit to the mall (of course), where I was excited by the offerings at the clothing stores (yes! finally clothes that my non-Asian body can fit into!! Have you seen these hips and this bottom??) but appalled by the exorbitant prices (Australia is bloody expensive). I also ate at a Burger King (which for some unknown reason is called Hungry Jack’s in Australia). Damn, that whopper was good!


And after walking around a bit and getting the essence of the place, I had to get on a plane and go to my final destination, Adelaide. Adelaide seemed to be a quaint little town and I met a number of people at my conference and ate my way through town (Adelaide has good restaurants with varied cuisine). And then, after three days, it was all over, and I was boarding an overnight flight back to Hong Kong, this time connecting in Melbourne (but with too little time to get out of the airport and see the city).


All in all, I’ll have to reserve judgement about Australia until a later trip (though honestly, I cannot forsee myself going back, at least not on my dime). But travel, in whatever form and for whatever reason, is always good and it was nice to see a new place!

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  • I know I had my reasons for skipping AUS on my round the world trip, so just curious, why wouldn't you go back?

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  • flybrother: thanks, mang!

    brian: Thanks for reading! I have nothing against the place, but to me it just wasn't that interesting. I usually like going to places that are culturally different than where I'm from (Canada) and to be honest I kinda felt like Australia was like an America/Canada Jr. (with random bits of the UK thrown in)… Everything looked EXACTLY the same (infrastructure, people, everything!!) but at nearly double the price. I'm not a beach person (so going to the Gold Coast, blah blah blah doesn't interest me) and really, any and every thing else over there is done better in other, more interesting countries (for me at least) anyway (for example, the beaches I saw in Africa were GORGEOUS, not too sure how Australian beaches could possibly measure up)…

    I've always felt the same way about the UK (not very interesting to me since I come from Canada, which is part of the Commonwealth anyway, meaning that we have many similarities with the UK)… But when I found a cheap ticket there last year, I went to check it out and to hopefully dispell any pre-conceptions I had about the place.

    My first instinct, however, was correct. While I was glad to see the place, I didn't find it that interesting and am not in any rush to go back.

    Why did you skip Australia?

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    • Nikita and Brian, I really understand why you both feel that way about Australia BUT Sydney, Melbourne or any other big city is just not Australia. I mean if you go to Australia, you need to get out of these cities because yes, we have the same in Europe or in Northern America. What we don’t have is the Outback with its people and wildlife. We don’t have Tasmania or Kangaroo Island. We don’t have the Flinders Ranges. We don’t have Uluru and all the others World Heritage sites. We don’t have the Whitsundays (what do you think about that? http://bit.ly/XWp7VX). I could go on and on telling you about everything we don’t have. I just came back from a year travelling around Australia and I wish I was still there. I invite you to have a look at my blog and maybe it will change your mind about Australia: http://iPhoneographyOz.blogspot.com.
      Let me know 😉

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  • Nikita I felt the same way you do. I thought OZ was too much like America. With limited time and budget I wanted to hit places I absolutely wanted to see. Japan and SEAsia were more important to me.

    And your post made me think about my traveling style. I either want to be somewhere where I completely blend in – Brazil, Ghana, South Africa – or where I stand out as soon as I step off the plane – Japan, Cambodia, Thailand. They just make for more interesting travel experiences.

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  • Only thing I ever wanted to see in Australia are the aboriginal sights… Meh! Never really interested…

    Your hair is looking pretty gorgeous, BTW.

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  • Viajera: Thanks for the compliment on my hair! I am really loving it right now… So versatile! Think I will do a hair post soon…

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  • I know this post/these comments are old but if you ever have any desire to head back over to Oz – Sydney – I can tell you where to go / what to do. I NEVER wanted to go there. Had so much dislike for the place until I met an Aussie fell in love and spent the last three years back and forth.

    Great blog btw

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  • @Aingeal: Thank you!! I think I would really like to go back and be back to properly tour the place, so I'll be sure to hit you up for recommendations!! Thanks so much for the comment!

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  • Fun Fact:

    Burger King is called Hungry Jacks here as when they first went to open there was already a burger joint in Queensland called ‘Burger King’. =)

    Hopefully you get back to Australia to see some of the sights.

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  • I was told that Australia is a lot like Canada. Is that true? It’s not on the top of my list but I will visit someday.

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