Hanna is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing, Finance, and International Business major at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Carlson School of Management, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.
In this week's post, Hanna stumbles onto more of Sydney's natural and manmade escapes and sees what the city has to offer.
Yes, it is that time of the week again folks.
Let’s begin with this last weekend… The weather is getting better, so it was a perfect weekend to go to the beach. My friends and I were planning to go to Bondi Beach to tan, maybe swim a little, and hike. We grabbed some delicious food, and I was sure to bring my Frisbee with me.
There we were, standing at the bus station to take a bus straight to Bondi. 20 minutes later, the bus we wanted had not yet arrived. All of a sudden, a bus pulled up right in front of us. The words “Maroubra Beach” was calling our name. We had no clue what or where it even was, but we saw beach so we decided to hop on and hope for the best.
We arrived at the small beach which we later came to realize was south of Coogee. The town was filled with locals walking with their dogs and children, free from tourists. Cafes decorated the street with various cuisines to offer.
We all had come to the conclusion that this place would be amazing for surfing, as the waves were huge and beautiful. So, if you are looking for places to escape and infuse yourself with a local suburban culture, go to Maroubra Beach. It was our escape from the city.
A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I wandered around the city, walking in directions of unknown territory to us. We found ourselves in an inner suburb district, called "Glebe." Interesting is a perfect word to describe this place. My friends and I loved every square inch of that area.
Right behind it lies Broadway Sydney, which is a busy central shopping center located only two kilometers away from Sydney's central business district. It is conveniently located near Central Station. It has a Coles, ALDI, Kmart, and Target, which is totally not the same as it is in America. Interestingly, Target in the U.S. and the one in Australia are not related at all, even though the two companies share the same name and bull's-eye logo. Apart from the brand attributes, the store is still very similar and occupies the same price range niche. However, you won’t be able to find food there, which is so different than what Americans are used to. There are also 125 specialty stores including Apple Store, Nike, Sephora, H&M, plus 12 digital screens at Hoyts cinema, including Hoyts Lux at the mall. If you are looking for a movie theater to go to, this is the place! I’ll let you in on a little secret — Tuesday is the day you can buy movie tickets for cheap!
Furthermore, there is this market in the district that is absolutely stunning and intriguing. "Glebe Markets" is one of Sydney's most well-known Saturday markets with diversity, character, and style. And, in my opinion, it is indeed very unique. It has a lot of hand-made and organic shops, thrift shop and vintage clothing, and a tempting food court with local deliciousness. It inspires you with its exotic vibes.
By the way, the famous Bondi Beach has a very similar market. Established in 1993, the Bondi Markets are open every Sunday in the wonderful, beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. Head to the markets and you'll find original designer clothing, exotic imports, handmade jewelry, arts, crafts, homewares, retro furniture, vintage clothes, and so much more. Thus, this is another spot definitely worth stopping by.
Sydney has many spots to offer for young adults. While we were planning to go to Newtown and embrace the atmosphere of local Aussie culture, we came across The Glenmore at The Rocks. The Glenmore Hotel was built by brewers Tooth & Co in 1921 and has been an Aussie icon ever since. It is indeed a great place to grab lunch or dinner with your friends. The hotel has a diverse menu and a rooftop with nice 180 degrees view of the Sydney Opera House in the harbor.
Or if you just feel like taking a walk in the evening, go wander around the Darling Harbor. A stunning view, relaxing atmosphere, fresh ocean air…what else might you need before going to bed?
Hanna's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.