As of this moment, I am still thinking on how to connect my four straight days in Sydney. However, all I know is this, it’s pure of people, not in an overcrowded sense, but people who have influenced my trip to become one colourful journey.
Like what I have said in my last letter, I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and there I met a beautiful family who even took good photos of me. Their artistic lifestyle and great admiration for the art world opened my eyes to the fact that kids, and in their case, infants, should really have their own moment to dive into this magical world. They also told me that we should let the young generation to freely witness different perspectives of the universe that we all live in.
In the late afternoon of that day I have also metHendrik, a musician and a busker from Netherlands. This type of dedication and lifestyle amazes me and makes me think that music brings people closer and could also show the goodness of humanity.
Speaking of music, my next day was one special moment for me. It was one of those “finally-s” in my life. However, before that I checked in to a hostel and yes, it was my first time! In there, I have met one of my favourite travel companions, Janet. I’ll talk about her later, for now let’s go to that finally…
I know saying that I was in a “perfect place” is truly one understatement that I have overused after watching Lorde for three times (don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched her free for two times) while I was in Australia, but that’s what I have simply felt in those shows. Yes, waiting for years was definitely worth it that I was left with words that I cannot seem to form accordingly the moment she stepped in on the stage and sang to “Homemade Dynamite”. It wasn’t just her that was surreal in that performance, it was also the fact that this was the greatest venue that I’ve been to for a concert. I mean when you look at the back the Sydney Opera House is your view and on the right is the Harbour Bridge.
“It was the best solo concert that I’ve been to.” That was my first message to Bart right after the concert. The energy that Lorde gave to the crowd was for me a powerful artistic live performance that transcended powerful messages that were on point. What I also loved the most was when the fireworks started to fill the skies of Sydney as Lorde was singing “Green Light”, I have felt that even just for a moment, the people were free from the problems that were dragging them down.
A break from the music was my trip with Janet to Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach. As I sent the photos to my mum, her first words were, the beaches in the Philippines were still more beautiful. I do agree with that, however, what I love with these Beaches in Sydney were they are so accessible from the city and just a train and bus away you’ll get here to this wonderful paradise.
This part isn’t just about the beautiful sceneries, but this is also about my time with Janet and the people of Bondi and Tamarama Beach. Relaxation may be a word that I always force myself to experience or a word that I think I’ve experienced, but in that moment at the beach, it was the time that I saw that small chats and a good lunch time beside the beach was just enough to say that I was happy.
Another artsy adventure with a touch of music formed my last day in Sydney as we explored Newtown. This suburb is filled with a free-spirited, yet welcoming nature that fulfilled my eclectic town dreams. In this place, I’ve met few lovely individuals too, first are the staff of the cafe we stayed at, who even chatted with us for a few minutes. So if ever you drop by at Newtown, do visit Shenkin Kitchen and try their Falafel Laffa, it was really good!
Right after lunch, I walked a little to check more shops, besides seeing more cafes, I also went to a record shop and a bookshop, which I will be talking about real soon (yes, I will finally be recommending some things in life soon)! Before I scored a spot for the line to Vance Joy’s concert, I continued checking some shops near the Enmore Theatre and discovered Calstars, a pop culture store. There I met the owner of the shop and the time that I said that I’m from Philippines, he immediately said “Kamusta?” which means “How are you?” and he then said that he went to the Philippines for a few times already. Right after that he recommended some geeky films for me and even comic books to read. This was really a great stop that will make your geeky heart happy.
Then the few hours came and another “finally” was set to happen, I will finally see Gretta Ray and Vance Joy live! In here I met more lovely people, while I was in line I talked to four ladies, whom I shared great stories with. Inside the venue, since again, I was the smallest, they let me get through the crowd and a couple, who adopted me for a brief moment helped me to be at the barricades area. I know “goals” is an overused word, but Dany and her husband are definitely that! It might be a funny story to leave their kids who just visited them at their home, but as a couple this is important, a break from home and just have a night out to a nice town to watch a nice performance.
After some small talks Gretta then graced the crowd with her incredible music that seem to break your heart even though you’re not broken. Don’t get me wrong, her voice was really wonderful, but her songs were truly sad. Minutes then came backlights then lit the whole theatre and after the long intro there he was Vance Joy with his smile that could melt your heart, serenaded us with “Fire and the Flood.” In that moment I wish Bart was really there, especially when he started singing “Georgia” that made me cry. However, in that moment all I felt was I was at the right place at the right time, I belonged once more to a place I would love to call home.
The night in Newtown was one of my best nights and as I was ready to fly the next day to Melbourne, I knew that I will be back there, I will be back to that four days in Sydney, but in the next one I know I’ll be with a great company who are familiar with me.