Easter break has called for yet another Villavicencio family trip, and there’s no doubt that our 10-day holiday in Australia has been the best of our vvvfambam trips so far. Some of us haven’t been there for years and others were first timers. Unlike Hong Kong or Japan, Australia was quite unfamiliar for all of us, hence there was so much to explore. Aside from visiting famous buildings, eating and shopping, we did some pretty outrageous things too. For example, who would miss out on an opportunity to go sky diving? Or catch a marlin on a fishing yacht? This trip was a time to let go of fears and try new things. And so, our eager party of twenty-one embarked on a journey down under, first touring the wonderful city of Sydney. On day one, I had a “private tour” with two of my skating friends, Leslie and Vince. They’re now working and living in Sydney, so they happily showed me around.
Museum of Contemporary Art
We didn’t have much time to spend but I knew I had to take a look. This museum reminds me of the MoMA in New York. If only I had a bit more time. Nonetheless, I was admiring coffee bean sculptures and vintage photographs.
Taking a ferry to Watsons Bay, I was told to watch out for the seagulls who love French fries (or chips as aussies call it). It’s a beautiful area, only birds can get really annoying. I did, however, enjoy my fish and chips without any seagulls fighting me for fries. One thing I admired was how people had picnics on the grass. Why can’t we have that here?? *cries* Almost everyone was in swimming suits too. So there’s another thing I noticed – size didn’t matter, and everyone was confident of their bodies. I was also jealous of how aussies didn’t get cold despite the windy weather. I was already wearing jeans and I couldn’t handle it myself.
The Gap (at Watsons Bay)
There’s an interesting yet tragic story behind this place. The waves in The Gap are very strong and can push you against the jagged rocks immediately. Leslie told me that when one individual jumped to commit suicide, others followed. From then on, the railings were built high to prevent this from happening and even a sign saying “hold on to hope” was put up by the entrance. It’s ironic how something so beautiful can be extremely dangerous.
With only a few minutes to spare before curfew, we took the ferry back to the rocks and I was brought to the customs house. There, you can stand on top of a model of the entire city of Sydney. Pretty cool, right? Oh, yeah, and I had a mini photo-shoot too. Sorry for all the poses, I was trying to be cute 🙂
I’ve decided to change the system of my travel posts, posting by place, day or activity. If not, there would be one too many photos and a 1000-word essay in one entry. I’ll see how this one works out. Anyways, there’s a lot more of our Australia adventures to come and I can’t wait to share it with you. For one last time, thank you to Ate Leslie and Kuya Vince for showing me around. This little adventure around Sydney showed me what this country has to offer. The weather is perfect and pedestrians are actually prioritized! *laughs* Bondi Beach and QVB are up next. Embrace yourselves for an abundance of travel posts coming soon.