Seeing Sydney

It’s frightfully early Sunday morning, 1st February, in Melbourne. The worst of this week’s heat wave seems to have passed, and coming back from the tennis this evening it was actually rather pleasant. I’ve been traveling again for more than a month now; a month that, as always when one’s having tons of new experiences all the time, and regularly seeing new places, learning new things, and meeting new people, has passed far faster than seems really possible. I know full well that, before I even really know it, I’ll be back at what’s become my regular life in the US. During my absence, the US has undergone further change — we’ve ushered in a new president, ushered out probably the most destructive president we’ve ever had as well as a frightfully corrupt major-state governor, lost many thousands more jobs, and entered a new year.

All I have to offer, for now, are some photos of Sydney, where I spent several days in early January with my good friend and former Nigeria colleague Trudi. She’s with me here in Melbourne now for the finals of the Australian Open; about that, about politics and my thoughts on Australian flora, fauna, history, culture and landscapes — more later. For now, no thoughts to offer other than thanks for staying tuned, and I hope to show you more of Australia — Western Australia, Victoria’s coastline, Melbourne — soon enough.

…Trudi went a little shutter-happy on our boat trip to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay in downtown Sydney, and I’ve saved some of the better or sillier shots of me with the famous Opera House and Harbor Bridge in the background. Also above and below are shots of the skyline as seen from Lady’s Bay east of downtown, views of the South Head lighthouse (at the south entrance to Sydney Harbor aka, I believe, Port Jackson), and of North Head seen from South Head; and views of the Pittwater and me flexing what might pass for something vaguely six-pack-ish, at Palm Beach on the ocean side of the peninsula that creates that Pittwater. (Oh, look it up on google maps if you need to — north of Sydney.) Love you, mean it.

…oh yeah, and the old Government House (read: governor’s mansion) in Paramatta, inland or upriver from the main part of Sydney Harbor a bit — important for early Australian colonial history because the land there was more fertile and allowed the colonial settlements to become more self-sufficient and less reliant on boatloads of supplies from Britain. Australian colonial/european history is short, even compared to American colonial/european history — this first main residence of the colonial governor was only built around the first decade of the 1800s, I think. Lovely little house, though.

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