Day 23: Tomo has a car!

I really need to stop staying up so late, especially for no apparent reason. Again I didn’t go to sleep until 1am, after spending a couple hours looking at postgraduate programs. I think I need to let it rest for a while, concentrate on my classes, and then reevaluate what I really want to study. And maybe study for the GRE in between… it’s all a little overwhelming.

Although I didn’t get out of my pajamas until 1pm, I woke up at 10:30am and successfully finished a large portion of my online CV. Check it out! This has been a work in progress for a while, with more work to do, but at least it’s starting to be something I’m proud of.

This afternoon we took a trip to Manly Beach. It turns out my flatmate Tomo has a car! It made it easier to plan the trip – not having to worry about ferries or buses. Five people in his mini cooper was a tight squeeze, but we managed and made it to the Beach after circling around the Warf a couple times. Again, the area reminded me so much of the Bay Area! After crossing the Harbour Bridge and heading through the town, we came to an area on the bay, filled with boats and houses built into the hillside. Can you say…Tiburon!?!? As we travelled further and ended up by the Warf, I saw a resemblance to Sausalito! While I was enjoying the beauty that surrounded me, I couldn’t help be be a little disappointed that the scenery was so familiar to me. I need to keep stepping outside of myself and realizing how lucky I am to have grown up in a place so gorgeous, just like Sydney. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all the same, but I have yet to feel out of my element.

Manly Beach was less crowded than Bondi, with less surfers in the water, but it was still very pretty. Clouds covered most of the sky and the water was a bit cold, but we enjoyed taking pictures on the beach and climbing around the rocks on the edge. They have a pool on one end that is filled with water from the ocean and looks like it would be really nice when it is warmer. After gallivanting on the rocks for a while, we started to feel rain droplets and the wind started picking up. Not quite a sunny beach day, but the clouds made for an interesting sky.

On the way home as we were stuck in traffic, we saw the sun setting and fortunately were right by a lookout point. We stopped for a while at the perfect time – the sky was cloudy, colorful, and out came a rainbow! The best excursions are the ones that get decided last minute, and this was one of them.

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