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Last Days in Kings Cross

30 October 2011 No Comment

Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Sydney, Australia

I was coming to the end of my time here in Kings Cross. It had been eventful to say the least, but I was meeting up with some friends from home, both of which have been here for about a month already. Australia Day was just around the corner, and I knew there would be fun times ahead for us all.

I took the experiences of the past couple of days, and looked to get hold of a decent hat for myself, to protect me a little from the sun’s harsh rays, and to avoid another episode like the one from the previous day. I had slept well as a result of this, and struggled to get out of bed, but when I eventually did, I felt a lot better. A trip to the nearby market was good enough to secure a decent enough hat, and I instantly felt the benefits from it. It’s funny, but back home I wouldn’t dream of wearing a hat like this, but here it’s different. Traveling in general lets you lose all sense of style, and you often wear things that wouldn’t go down well with friends back home. It is so great not to worry about what other people might think of you.

Having purchased my new, much needed accessory, the guys and I walked to the city centre to see what was going on. Many buskers and entertainers lined the shopping streets, whilst ample people danced around each other, one eye on the entertainment, and the other on their paths ahead. Some of the performers were incredible, and attracted a large crowd, whilst others generally lacked ant talent, and were passed by without so much as a glance. I split from the guys and we all went our separate ways. They were in shopping mood, I was in sightseeing mood.

The following day I managed to sort out an Australian bank account for myself. I opted for Commonwealth Bank, as I had heard good things about it. Whether or not it was a good thing, I don’t know, but I was happy just to have sorted it at last. The lovely Indian girl who opened the account for me was very interested in my plans for travel, and we spoke in depth about traveling, and where we both had been. She was only working in this branch for a day to cover for somebody, but asked me to come by and visit her in the city branch when I get the chance. I love how friendly everybody is here.

The final box for me to tick before continuing my Australian adventure was to purchase a mobile phone. I only needed a cheap phone just to use while abroad, so as to save money. I found one for under 30 bucks and it did everything I needed it to, so I was happy. Funnily enough, back at the hostel it appeared everybody had the same phone. You can tell we are all backpackers, looking for the cheapest deal. It made me smile.

I had completed all the things I needed to do now, so all that was left was for me to pack and to prepare myself for the next chapter. Meeting my friends was next, and although it was still in Sydney, it would be nice for a change of scenery. I was looking forward to it.

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