My overnight train from Melbourne pulled into Sydney Central shortly after 7:00am, and I felt like I had returned home after being away for over a month. I don’t know what it is about Sydney, but it just feels like home to me. As the train neared closer and closer to Sydney, I could feel myself getting the same feeling I used to get on the way back home after having been away at university – the looking out the window and getting a giddy feeling like a kid on Christmas morning. That morning I would be meeting Brent and Jenna for a few hours in the city, before heading back to Wollongong for some R&R, as I had prior to my trip out west. Their train however, was not due to come in until after 9. So I set up shop on one of the benches, pulled out my laptop and watched some episodes of House to pass the time.
Brent and Jenna met up with me on time, we stored my bags in the lockers at the Wake Up! Hostel across the street and spent the next couple hours wandering around Sydney – hitting up a few souvenir shops and Circular Quay. It was raining (and I mean POURING) on and off for the few hours we were in the city, so instead of hanging about even longer playing chicken with the rain, we hopped on the train and headed to Wollongong, where I would be staying for a few days before returning to Sydney for my last few days in Australia.
That first night in Wollongong we went to the Outback Steakhouse and had a delicious dinner – my first real big meal since getting out of the hospital. Unlike last time, I managed to finagle my way to pay for the bill (much to Brent and Jenna’s protests). Of course I was going to pay – they were so kind to me, putting me up not once, but twice, allowing me to do laundry and insisting that I don’t pay for groceries. Not to mention they allowed me to leave a bunch of my stuff at their place while I was off traveling the country. So it was seriously the least I could do to thank them. The next few days were just really nice and really relaxing – we spent the majority of the time hanging out at the mall, I was in desperate search mode for a dress for the wedding I was to be attending the following weekend in Florida. I also needed to get a cheap piece of luggage since I seemed to have accumulated a bit more stuff than I had realized – that mission as accomplished quickly, as Rivers (Canadians, basically think a cheaper version of Canadian Tire) had suitcases on for $35!
After a few days of scouring the mall and surrounding area, I realized there were no dresses, so I’d more than likely have better luck in Sydney – seeing as it’s a huge city with great shopping! Honestly though, my days in Wollongong were just very relaxed – we went to the beach one morning (when it was actually sunny!) and had coffee at Gloria Jean’s everyday! It was so nice to be with my friends again and like before, they were nothing but the epitome of hospitable. I really cannot thank them enough for everything they did for me. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. So after 4 days with my friends, I was hopping back on the train for my final trip into Sydney.
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