Blogs from Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe January 10th 2017

Photo update: I've lost my camera cord somewhere, so none of my photos can be downloaded until I get home this weekend :( The drive back to Queenstown from Dunedin was a piece of cake, especially since we'd already done it. It was too early to check in to our (different) hotel, so we parked in the city center and walked over to the Kiwi Birdlife Park. It turned out to be a little more zoo-like than I'd expected (I was expecting more of a sanctuary style facility like the previous Penguin Place we went to in Dunedin, but oh well). It was still neat, and it was our only opportunity to see the national icon, since Kiwis are nocturnal, and we also saw some other native birds. They also have a breed to release program, ... read more
Pooed on by a Bird
Mirror Lakes

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe January 1st 2017

After the last travel fiasco coming home from Iceland, we purposely built in a 7 hour layover for this trip to Sydney. Rushing through the airport was a wonderful thing and the 15 hour flight was mostly uneventful, though sleeping in a middle seat is just not that easy. Fun fact: they have Uber here, so when we finally landed in Sydney, we used the familiar app to grab a ride to Dave's apartment in Glebe. We were smart enough not to nap when we got here, and after showering and changing, the three of us headed out together. First stop, lunch at the adorable all vegetarian Badde Manors café, then we headed over to the shopping center to pick up a hair dryer and some hard ciders for the New Year's festivities. The walk to ... read more
Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Opera House

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe October 23rd 2013

After much planning, anticipation and general pandemonium the time had finally come for us to depart for our 6 month adventure in Sydney. Houses rented out, cars stored, phones put on hold, job quit (ok, that happened a while ago – wouldn’t want to leave everything to the last minute!). Sherpa was settling into her new home with a former colleague of mine. She is likely to receive more love and attention there than in her regular life. Maverick was deposited with our friends Blair and Aleks for what will likely be the most fun and active 6 months he’ll ever have. Ready. As for the flight itself you won't be surprised to learn that Shelagh was booked business class and I had an upgradeable economy fare. We went to all the trouble of staying up ... read more
Heather making fish tacos
bug killer

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe November 29th 2011

This week has been the hardest, trying to motivate myself and keep myself occupied. The weather's been pretty awful, been raining everyday and quite cold. (Didn't come prepared for that so constantly chilly with wet feet. Not what I signed up for!) Have given up on the radiography front, realize now that there's even more paperwork to do on top of what I'd already done, more letters from employer and copies of HPC certificate emailed over. Seems like never ending stress for what would only be a couple months work. On the plus side though I've moved into a house with a really nice woman a bit older than me but we get on well and have lots to talk about (it's nice to be able to talk English normally to someone without having to speak ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe November 19th 2011

We were sore from the previous day’s sunburn when we woke up, so although the skies were blue and the sun was out in full today we were doing our best to avoid it! We went for Brunch with Andy and Jess at a café downstairs and our sunburn was so noticeable even the waiter felt able to take the Mickey out of Wil, saying that it looked like he was wearing Ray-Ban’s even though he wasn’t wearing any glasses! We then went to check out Glebe fayre. It was only on for 1 day and took over the streets of Glebe in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney – there were all kinds of crafts and food stalls and entertainers ranging from Capoeira acts to a unicyclist and ladies on stilts. We took a walk through ... read more
Will at Glebe Fayre
Ladies on Stilts

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe November 14th 2010

November 13, 2010 With the sun finally shining, we packed our backpack with beach clothes and headed to Manly Beach! A thirty minute ferry ride with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House took us over to Manly. Sean was so excited to finally get some water time and maybe surf! We arrived in Manly starving, so we grabbed some lunch directly across from the beach and . . . half way through lunch the sun disappeared, and the storm clouds started rolling in. At this point our bad luck with the weather was almost laughable, so we took a walk down the main strip and decided to get massages rather than disappointedly watch our beach day evaporate in front of our eyes. Both of our masseuses were from the states ... read more
Enjoying the sunny Ferry Ride over to Manly
Just watched our sun disappear - off for a massage!
And the storm rolls in . . .

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe March 5th 2010

Our first few days in Ozzie were ridiculously hot (high 30's), a great and sweaty start to the 10 weeks we have here. We couldn't believe how busy Sydney felt, think it must have been the result of living in a capital city with only a 400,000 population for the last year! We'd come at a great time, as on our first night we saw the Chinese New year parade and a short film festival in the park. There was also some of the build up to the Mardi Gras parade, which is Sydney’s second biggest event of the year after New Years Eve... We spent our first few days looking around the city, taking in the amazing opera house, harbor bridge and all of the city centre parks. We saw hundreds of large bats which ... read more
Opera house at night
The view across the harbour
and again...

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe February 24th 2010

Our two weeks in Sydney have finally come to an end. Yesterday we spent our last day in Central Sydney, it was long but it ended good. While Rochelle did the bridge climb I was forced to wait for 3 ½ hours which sucked, but she bought the beers after so it was worth it. We ate at this local pub for dinner and had $10 steaks (surprisingly it was one of the most delicious steaks I have ever had; it was topped with mushroom gravy and has a huge pile of mash underneath). On top of that one of our jugs of beer was accidentally left off the bill, we were going to tell them but given that we are poor travelers we kept it our little secret. Today Rochelle and I went over to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe January 17th 2010

Jan 17th Sunday Hello hello! We’re still alive and kickin! Last we wrote we were at Bondi beach enjoying the sunshine. Only a wee bit has changed since then. We moved back into Sydney to a little town called Glebe. Our hostel is almost half the price of what we were paying in Bondi so that really beat all other preferences. It’s a small hippy town with lots of shops and cafés along the road. We’ve been here for the last 4 days so its been nice to relax a bit, just knowing we have a place to hang our hat. Since back in the city we decided to use up our transit passes we bought earlier this week. We took a ferry out to Darling Harbor, walked along the wharf, listened to some street performers ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Glebe January 8th 2010

My last day at work was on 20th December, it was a long day and by the end of it I felt high as a kite knowing I wouldn't have to back to that Spa that made me so miserable! The next day I celebrated my freedom by going shopping in Bondi Junction with Laura and meeting up with alex who is now in Oz aswell! We had the sickliest hot chocolates ever in a famous Chocolate bar and moaned about the fact that clothes in Oz aren't as good as in England! Laura and Lisa went Christmas shopping to get all my presents on Christmas Eve and I obviously wasn't allowed to go with them so I went and sunbathed in the beautiful park down the road from where we live. It soon started to ... read more

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