November 14th, 2007 – by: annexaviera
in Mosman, where I caught ferry everyday
I have now found my own place and a job in Communications which I started this week. Luckily, my work is only 1 bus ride away from where I live and less than a five minute walk from each stop. Actually my work is located on one of the piers overlooking the harbour in a historic district so it is quite beautiful. We also neighbour the Sydney Theatre, the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Philharmonic Choir.
Sydney is getting ready for Christmas and it feels strange to be planning Christmas parties and seeing all the decorations when at the same time summer is just arriving. I believe my office will shut down for a week during the holidays (this is normal for business’ here.)
Things here are fairly expensive (rent and public transportation is high) but you can still find deals. There are a lot of variations on the discount stores we have in North America.
Salaries are higher though. I have been told by a couple of Canadian ex-pats that people here have more disposable income and the quality of life is inarguable.
On my way into town
There are a lot of different modes of transport here: Ferry, bus, subway, monorail, light rail. When I was staying in Mosman (north shore of the harbour) I only had to walk about 5 minutes down a hill to catch the ferry that would bring me into Circular Quay (the main hub in Sydney, near the Opera House and south end of the Harbour Bridge). Ironically, I feel most at the centre of the city when I am on the ferry in the middle of the harbour. The coastline is beautiful in every direction you look.
Sydney is called a city of villages. It has many distinct neighborhoods and unless you live in the Central Business District (CBD), you would specify the neighborhood on the mailing address instead of Sydney.
Although Mosman (where I was previously living) is technically a suburb, the word village really defines it better. You can still walk a block or two on any given street and be near restaurants, convenient stores, pubs, shops etc. The “suburbs” are actually quite vibrant during the day and evening.
My work is on the pier to the right of my head
The area that I live in now is close to one of the universities so there are lots of students around and it is naturally a bit grungy but still has lots of shops, cafes and restaurants near by. My landlord (who I live with) just informed me that we are actually really close to a dominatrix dungeon! It’s called the Kastle. (You can google the Kastle in Chippendale.) Apparently there is a “Weird Sydney” tour that takes tourists by and inside the Kastle, transported in a hearse. However, on the other side of my house is a wedding dress shop. My house is a 4 bedroom town house and I have the biggest room with a balcony and fireplace.
Last weekend I went to Manly Beach which is a big popular beach with good waves. There is a nice pedestrian street that leads up to the beach that is lined with all kinds of shops and outdoor market. On Sunday I went to the Hunter Valley Wine Region (a couple hours from Sydney) and visited three wineries: Ernest, Tempus Two and Lindemans.This weekend I am going to Bondi Beach. There is an outdoor exhibit called Sculpture by the Sea. From Bondi it is about a 5km walk to Bronte Beach. There are an endless number of accessible beaches here in Sydney and I am beginning to learn the characters of them. Some are ocean beaches and others are harbour beaches. The ocean front beaches naturally have bigger waves. I expect to take some more surfing lessons during the Christmas break if not before then.
The tastings were free and I bought 2 cellar door only bottles.