Seeing Sydney: Shops, Seasons, and Stunning Strolls

Sep 8, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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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 observes the seasons and hikes on a coastal path to see stunning views in Sydney.

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Hello everyone! It's been a week since you've heard from me. I should say that the last week was not very eventful. I was just trying to get into the routine of studying, going to classes, and interning. However, there are still some things I want to reflect on. 

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Although I've been concentrating on getting back to a school routine, my roommates and I had a chance to explore our neighborhood. As I mentioned before, the apartment is located in a great district right near the heart of Darling Harbor. There are plenty shops and malls within a short walking distance. However, while wandering around recently, we came across a market. The Paddy’s Market is one I would describe as a hidden market under the mall. It has a great variety of small trinkets that a regular tourist might be tempted to acquire: souvenirs, clothing with Australian signs, phone cases, and even mascaraed costumes (which makes me think it is going to be THE place for Halloween shopping).

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There is also a section with fresh vegetables and fruits of any kind you can imagine. This farmers market reminded me of the one I shopped at back home; a place where you can find fresher and much tastier local products compared to the ones people buy in regular, mass market grocery stores. 

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Switching the topic here a little, the highlight of my time in Sydney so far has been my advernture this past weekend. The seasons in Australia are opposite of the U.S. and Europe, and it was quite confusing. When we arrived it was the end of the winter. Mornings and evenings were pretty cold, and days were quite chilly and windy. However, it is getting warmer every day. When the first spring weekend finally came, excitement was in the air as everyone had been looking forward to this warmer season. What a great day it was to go for a hike at a stunning place recommended to our group by one of the CAPA professors. Couldn't imagine seeing so many stunning places in one day! If you are in Sydney, make sure to dedicate some time and go hiking on the Coastal Walk. 

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The Bondi to Coogee walk extends for 6 km (3.5 miles) in Sydney's eastern suburbs and ranges from breathtaking cliffs to sandy beaches. The experience is just unbelievable. The Coastal Walk features stunning ocean views, towering sandstone cliffs and Golden beaches, including Australia’s most famous: Bondi Beach, parks, bays and rock pools. 

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Getting to Coogee took as about an hour. We took only one bus there which was the easy part. The trip back, on the other hand, was more complicated. Overall, getting to and from the area was quite a trip, but totally worth it. The walk is perfect for hiking and conveniently set up. The whole way you walk on footpaths, through parks and alleys. There are regular stations with water fountains where people can refill their water bottles to keep themselves hydrated during warm, sunny days. There are also convenient public restrooms located on regular interval distances. While walking, I noticed a lot of people jogging and walking their dogs. I can’t imagine a better place for these activities.

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There are plenty places to fuel yourself. Lots of coffee shops in Coogee, many kiosks throughout the hike, and loads of places to eat at Bondi Beach. The 23°C (74° F) degree weather with a slight ocean breeze created by crashing waves, and great company, made for enjoyable leisure time in Australia.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks Hanna!

Hanna's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Activities Abroad, Environment