Leaving Sydney / by Zachary Krahmer

So the last couple of days have been truly amazing and I’m sad to be leaving Sydney now. I’ve legitimately become pretty attached to this city although I’ve only been here for 3 days now. Saturday and Sunday were both rather pleasant days. I woke up around 9 and made some Turkish coffee (fine grounds boiled in a pot) at the guy’s place. Discovered a pretty good song by Gotye (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY) that morning as well and savoured the view from the upper balcony here at 24 Arthur Pl. N Sydney.

After working on my ethics application for a bit (this is due on Tuesday, eek!) PJ picked me up with Evan and we went off to downtown. Walked through the royal botanic gardens to the Australia hotel at the Rocks and got a bit of grub and a beer. Here we met up with Bryden and Steve. Awesome guys, great conversation and a good food. Later on the way back, realized I’d never been to Manly beach before and went back on the ferry with Bryden. Manly beach has a very relaxed urban surfer town atmosphere that you could feel as you got off the ferry. There was a great long strip of homes and then the beach that you could walk through. It was beautiful. After walking around for a bit we went to a briar (bbq) with something like 20 of his friends. I felt bad that I had to leave, but I’d told Matt we’d watch the Wallabies / All Blacks game that was on. Hustled back to North Sydney, made it to the Union Hotel and had a nice beer with Matt, Paul and Chris. Went to an electronic concert downtown after that (www.astralpeople.com) and had a killer time listening to Jonti and Albatross.


Had a great train ride with Elle today (another musician based in Sydney, really talented). Spent the afternoon with Bailey and Laura down at Kings Cross having a great lunch at Fresh Fratelli’s. A bottle of house wine and pasta are definitely a great way to turn strangers into friends. Came back to N Sydney and got ready quick to go to Jock Cameron’s place and had dinner with him and his family in Turramurra. Incredible family and group of people to spend time with.

I’m sad to be going back but know that I’ll be back soon in the future.