My husband and I are neither whimsical nor methodical about where we decide to travel. Perusing Google Maps is a favorite pastime and many of our decisions are based on a “what have we never seen before?” school of thought.

I was drastically close to booking tickets to Europe last spring when I stumbled upon a ridiculously good fare to Australia, so we made a sharp left and ended up spending two weeks on the opposite side of the world.

Sydney Opera House from ferry
Sydney Opera House from ferry

 

Sydney
Sydney

We began and ended in Sydney, where rain was a major theme. After the first day of trudging through puddles and light showers, I was beginning to regret lugging along my giant Mamiya 645 paired with my delightfully compact Zenobia C folding camera, but once I got into the rhythm of shooting, the weight didn’t really bother me much.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

 

Sydney Opera house
Sydney Opera house

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Neither of us is a stranger to culture shock, but the lack of barriers here presented us with an unfamiliar travel experience. No language miscommunications, no struggles to accomplish day-to-day tasks–the price of beer was a bit scandalous, but we were able to relax and explore without much burden.

Sydney
Sydney

 

Sydney
Sydney

 

Barracks Museum
Barracks Museum

 

Sydney Opera House from ferry
Sydney Opera House from ferry

 

Manly
Manly

We weren’t able to explore all of Sydney’s nooks and crannies during our four-day visit, but we did manage to cross paths with that famous opera house a few times. were christened with our first 100-percent genuine Australian sunburns on a walk from Coogee to Bondi, gorged ourselves at the fish market, and hopped a ferry to Manly and Cockatoo Island. Coming from the desert, commuting by ferry is an attraction all its own.

Ferry to Cockatoo Island
Ferry to Cockatoo Island

 

Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island

 

Clovelly Beach
Clovelly Beach

 

Coogee to Bondi
Coogee to Bondi

 

Coogee to Bondi
Coogee to Bondi

 

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

 

Fish Market
Fish Market

 

Fish Market
Fish Market

Sydney is a wonder, and–like with all cities–I felt like we didn’t quite get our fill, but that just leaves reason to return.

~ Sarah Arnoff

 

 

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