Sydney Part I

17 10 2006

The trip to Sydney was the first time I had a simultaneously written travelogue. The piece below has been sitting in my journal for a couple of weeks now.

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DAY 1

We flew in here at half-past 7am (note: I’m getting with the lingo, using “half-past” to denote time is very Aussie :p). From the airport we took the train to the Town Hall station and the second we went up the subway and out unto George St, the first words out of our mouths were “Where to?” There was this fleeting moment when our minds were totally blank and didn’t know where to go and what to do. It’s an incredible and slightly daunting sensation you always feel whenever you’re in a new city.

 

You find that knowing nothing, almost nothing is unnerving but then you welcome it because being new to a place (or to anything for that matter) allows you some space for mistakes. So you prepare to conquer it and to laugh at yourself in case you do something stupid.

 

I’ve spent an entire day here and my take on this city so far is that it is more cosmopolitan and fast paced than Melbourne. Even the traffic signals sound more hurried than the sing-song rhythmn of those in Melbourne streets. We ticked off more places than we planned in our itinerary and we were even able to squeeze in a seafood fare lunch at Doyle’s, which is by far the most expensive lunch I’ve ever digested here in Australia.

 

I’ve seen the Opera House from different angles, varying distances at various times of the day except morning. Same with the Harbor Bridge. In a nutshell, I’ve been officially baptized as a bonafide Sydney tourist. But the highlight of today has to be the Manly Jazz Festival. I thank the goddesses for giving me the wisdom to choose this weekend when I booked this trip. I feel as if I have glimpsed a part of heaven with the beautiful beach, cooling seabreeze and soothing, awe-inspiring jazz music.

 

While trying on the different performances at each of the concert stage, I met Nada, a 73-year old woman who was born in Croatia but has been living here for 50 years and has not gone home to her homeland in 28 years for various reasons, one of them being that she had an open-heart surgery and her body won’t do well in overseas travel. Nada is lonely because her dear elder brother passed away 4 months ago. She says she has 2 othr siblings but they don’t care much for her, unlike her just deceased brother who even sends a Christmas card every year. She’s also worried about her health and she feels she doesn’t have much years ahead of her. I told her she shouldn’t worry too much. I remember telling her that she appears to have lived a full life from her stories but I forget if she responded by being offended by the morbidity of the statement.

 

But I do clearly recall receiving good vibes from her and her telling me that she liked talking to me because I had so much love in me. Hear that? Allow me to gloat for a second. Done.

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Note: There was another highlight to our first day there but I’m afraid it isn’t for public consumption. You’d be surprised how the world can get so much smaller with the internet so I’ll just let it sit quietly in my journal. Anyway, I’d like to post my travelogue in installments so reading it won’t get so tedious.

Day 2 and 3 travelogue to follow. I do love delayed gratification hehehe.

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3 responses

18 10 2006
anto

wehehehe… hay.. sana makaipon ako to go visit you guys! adopt us! hahahaha.. mwah!

25 11 2006
rose

This is so nice, traveling and connecting with people!!
The world is your oyster Porsh, enjoy!!!

16 11 2007
Frurnebaccure

Two new studies show why some people are more attractive for members of the opposite sex than others.

The University of Florida, Florida State University found that physically attractive people almost instantly attract the attention of the interlocutor, sobesednitsy with them, literally, it is difficult to make eye. This conclusion was reached by a series of psychological experiments, which were determined by the people who believe in sending the first seconds after the acquaintance. Here, a curious feature: single, unmarried experimental preferred to look at the guys, beauty opposite sex, and family, people most often by representatives of their sex.

The authors believe that this feature developed a behavior as a result of the evolution: a man trying to find a decent pair to acquire offspring. If this is resolved, he wondered potential rivals. Detailed information about this magazine will be published Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

In turn, a joint study of the Rockefeller University, Rockefeller University and Duke University, Duke University in North Carolina revealed that women are perceived differently by men smell. During experiments studied the perception of women one of the ingredients of male pheromone-androstenona smell, which is contained in urine or sweat.

The results were startling: women are part of this repugnant odor, and the other part is very attractive, resembling the smell of vanilla, and the third group have not felt any smell. The authors argue that the reason is that the differences in the receptor responsible for the olfactory system, from different people are different.

It has long been proven that mammals (including human) odor is one way of attracting the attention of representatives of the opposite sex. A detailed article about the journal Nature will publish.

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