I had three days in Sydney before my cruise was to leave to the pacific islands and so, months before I had planned where I was going to stay- Coogee Beach. I knew this because this was the place I lived 7 years ago when I was on my first travel trip and I had so many memories there. I booked my hostel in advance and the day I landed, I took the local bus to the junction of Coogee Bay Road and opted to walk the length of the road to the beach. Along the way I saw lots of familiar places including my old flat and many restaurants/cafés I used to go to. It was a strange feeling but a really nice one. I felt comfortable here.
I spent time at the beautiful beach, browsing in the many surf shops and one evening I took a lovely walk to Bondi Beach via the Coogee to Bondi coastal track. It took me 4 hours as I kept stopping for photos and in Bondi I spent some time wandering around before heading back on the dark track. The following evening I had a message from my great friend Susie who I met in Rishikesh, who had also arrived in Sydney! We met up that evening at the beach for a catch up and some dinner which was amazing and so surreal! When Hayley arrived, I moved into a hostel in the city where we met up and explored the Sydney opera house, darling harbour and the Sydney harbour bridge, recreating some old photos I had from all those years ago! After that, we met up with a friend of hers who was in Sydney for the day and then later on that evening as arranged earlier that day I got to spend the evening with some amazing girls from my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Susie, Melissa, Steph, Hayley and I met at Bungalow 8 at Darling Harbour where we laughed the night away, reminisced, cried, ate dinner, laughed some more and caught up with each other's lives. It was an amazing evening and I'm so glad we all had the chance to come together that night.
Sydney was full of so many memories and it was an amazing experience to recreate some of these memories, visit some familiar places and meet some of my old friends from a different time in my life also. It was a great way to spend my time in Sydney and I couldn't have asked for more.