Reunion with an old friend in one of the world's best cities and the unpredictable journey to Melbourne. / Stretnutie po rokoch s kamaratkou Luckou v jednom z nejlepsich miest sveta a nevyspytatelna cesta do Melbourne.
24.10.2014 - 01.11.2014 24 °C
We spent the remaining days in Australia in the amazing city of Sydney followed by a road trip to Melbourne. Our friend Lucka prepared an exiting program for us and we ended up spending a whole week at hers in Sydney. That left us with just 3 days for a 1000 km long journey to Melbourne. In our humble opinion, Sydney is a serious candidate for the best city in the world. Situated in a beautiful natural harbor of the Parramatta river, it has access to calm harbor beaches as well as the wild waves of the Pacific coast. Thanks to the wonderful weather, people mostly live outdoors: they exercise in parks, make picnics in the natural reserves, surf and bike all year round.
Lucka and I haven't seen each other for 7 years. We attended the Bachelor studies in Prague together and then her heart brought her to the Oz. Even after the long time we had plenty to talk about. Old friendships never fade away! We arrived on a Friday and spent the first evening just like the locals at the Opera bar. The views off the Harbour bridge and the sexi Opera were just stunning! On an early Saturday morning we set off for the Bondi beach to see the "Sculpture by the sea" exhibition and to manage to do the "Spit to Manly walk" in the afternoon. We enjoyed the laid back weekend atmosphere and took breaks at lovely little hidden beaches along the way. In the evening, Lucka's boyfriend grilled some delicious kangaroo burgers for us. In the company of some other friends we spent a pleasant evening chatting, drinking beer and playing foosball. Despite a little headache in the morning, Lucka and Pavel decided that we go for a trip to the Westhead National Park and to the Northern beaches. It was a beautiful day full of great views off countless beaches, hidden coves and cultural heritage. We visited an Aboriginal sacred site with interesting stone carvings. We ended the day in a Thai restaurant and then sailed back to CBD by ferry. Thanks Luci for the great weekend!
During the next week we had enough time to do proper Sydney sightseeing. We visited the Darling Harbour, the Rocks, CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington, ate the best ice cream at Messina and swam in the incredible pool at the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, where the waves brake directly into the pool! We met our friend Niky from Prague, who is currently studying in Sydney. The journey onwards to Melbourne had to be organized, too. We found a "relocation deal", that gave us 3 days to relocate a huge motorhome to Melbourne, for just 5 $ a day. The car was a luxurious Mercedes Vito that sleeps 6 people and is equipped with a kitchen, shower, toilet and a TV. We have to admit that we had some difficulties to get used to this truck, but after a couple of hours, we were cruising the highways like a boss The first day on the road we couldn't miss the chance to stop at one of the most beautiful places we had yet to see: Jervis bay. This paradisiacal bay with turquoise water and white sand makes for a perfect habitat for dolphins, whales and other big sea mammals.
Unfortunately, the car started having problems the next day. The orange light "engine failure" kept blinking and after I didn't manage to drive uphill for 3 times, we had to admit that it was officially broken. Luckily we met a warm-hearted car mechanic in the little town of Pambula who took care of us and had us sleep in the van parked in his workshop. As the car could not be fixed immediately, we had to catch an early morning bus to Melbourne. We made it just in time to board our plane to Dubai! What a run in the end! So we said goodbye to Australia. It was hard. We fell in love with the country. But it was time to go home and that was, quite frankly, the only thing we wished for. Until the next time, Australia!
Posledne dni v Australii sme sa rozhodli stravit v Sydney a cestou do Melbourne. A ze sme sa mali na co tesit - kamaratka Lucka nam totiz pripravila prvotriedny program. Az taky, ze sme u nej stravili tyzden a nechali si na 1000 km do Melbourne len 3 dni. Sydney je totiz vaznym adeptom na najlepsie mesto na svete! Je zasadene do ustia rieky Parramatta, ktore tvori prirodzeny pristav. Clovek tu najde pokojne plaze v zalive a zaroven divoke vlny na Tichooceanskom pobrezi. Ludia ziju vdaka krasnemu pocasiu vonku: sportuju v parkoch, piknikuju v prirodnych rezervaciach, surfuju a bicykluju.
S Luckou sme sa nevideli asi 7 rokov. Chodili sme spolu na VSE v bakalarskom studiu a ju potom srdce zanieslo do Australie. Aj po tolkej dobe sme sa vsak citili ako stare zname a nadsene si rozpravali novinky na oboch stranach. Hned prvy vecer, zrovna bol piatok, sme si typicky zasli na drink do Opera baru aj s Luckinou kamaratkou Katkou. Kochali sme sa pohladmi na majestatny Harbour bridge a sexi Operu. V sobotu sme hned skoro rano vyrazili na Bondi beach na vystavu Sculpture by the sea, aby sme este potom stihli turu zo Spit do Manly. Nechali sme sa uniest vikendovou atmosferou mesta a kupali sa na krasnych skrytych plazach. Vecer sme si u Luckineho priatela s partiou kamaratov ugrilovali klokanie hamburgery a uzili si pekny vecer. Aj ked sme v nedelu boli trochu pouziti, Lucka s Pavlom s nami mali dalsie plany - narodny park Westhead a severne plaze Sydney. Bol to nadherny den plny vyhladov na ocean, roznorodych plazi a kulturych zazitkov (posvatne miesta Aborigines), ktory sme zakoncili dobrym obedom v Thajskom bistre a malebou plavbou z Manly do centra Sydney. Dakujeme Luci este raz za super vikend!
Cez tyzden sme teda mali cas pozriet si zvysok Sydney - Darling Harbour, the Rocks, CBD, Darlinghurst, Paddington a opacko na Bondi. V Surf Life Saving Club na Bondi sme si dali par dlzok v bazene - a ze to nebol bazen hociaky, ale priamo na utese, takze vlny sa prelievali az dovutra! Stretli sme sa s dalsou kamaratkou Niky, ktora prave v Sydney studuje. Samozrejme sme si zorganizovali cestu dalej, do Melbourne, tentokrat s takzvanym "relocation deal", takze sme presuvali auto pre pozicovnu, aby ho mohla v Melbourne zase pozicat. Ked sme videli to auto, trochu sme sa zlakli - bol to obrovsky Mercedes Vito "all inclusive" so sprchou a WC, kuchynou, telkou a 6 miestami na spanie. Chvilu sme si na tento kamion zvykali, ale nestazovali sme sa Cestou sme sa zastavili na jednom z najkrajsich miest v Australii, zalive Jervis bay, kde azurovomodra voda a biele plaze tvoria idealne prostredie pre delfiny, velryby a dalsie morske zivocichy.
Na dalsi den vsak prislo neprijmne prekvapenie. Po tom, co som dvakrat nevysla s nasim kamionom kopec a zacala blikat oranzova kontrolka "pokazeny motor", sme definitive usudili, ze auto sa pokazilo. Trochu smoly v polovici cesty, ked mate na druhy den letiet cez pol sveta. Mali sme ale stastie v nestasti, ze sme natrafili na mileho automechanika v mestecku Pambula, ktory nas nechal prespat v aute u seba v dielni. Zistili sme, ze auto sa potrebuje pripojit na pocitac, aby sa zistilo, co mu presne je. A to v piatok vecer uz v Australii nikto nerobi Na druhy den sme teda chytili ranny autobus do Melbourne a prave vcas naskocili aj do lietadla do Dubaja. Rozlucka s Australiou bola tazka, krasa tejto krajiny nas uchvatila. Ale bol cas vydat sa na cestu domov, a v tej dobe to uz bolo to jedine, co sme si zelali!