is a silk artist and Macintosh computer evangelist who currently
lives in Sydney, Australia, has travelled extensively and has lived
in many countries. Her credo....."the world is my backyard."
As I scoured the faces of
the crowd of tourists milling around the entrance to the ferry wharves,
I tried to remember what the e-mail from Canada had said ....
"I'm on my way to the airport
- if I were a puppy, I'd be wriggling all over! 5'8", short blonde
This stranger I'd been e-mailing
for the past two weeks sounded lovely - I couldn't wait to meet
We talked, talked,
I stared meaningfully
at all the women who walked nearby, hoping for a sparkle
of recognition, looking for a Canadian pin on a jacket,
but no one even offered eye contact.
And then, I saw her
--a warm smile, an engaging grin, a big hug. Here was Karen,
a woman from Toronto whom I'd met over the internet through
the Journeywoman travel site.
Straight away we had
coffee in view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera
House. We both had so much to say ... two kindred spirits,
gypsies who'd met through their common interest of travelling,
computing, art and experiencing the cultures of the world.
It was as though we were long lost friends who had years
to catch up on, and we talked and talked and talked.
Sharing my favorite
I wanted to show Karen
all 'my' favourite spots, but I think 'hers' was my balcony!
Overlooking the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge,
we sat sipping cocktails in the gorgeous summer afternoons.
Yachts and ferries gliding by, the sun tickled our skin
as we reclined and watched the sun set, extending its fingers
of pink and gray across the wide expanse of Sydney sky.
One must-see I just
had to share was the Rocks Market, where the streets become
an amazing artist's mecca on weekends. Karen and I were
overwhelmed with stunning colours and handpainted, hand-crafted,
gorgeous pieces by Aussie artists. It was a sight-sound-&-touch
sensation browsing through all that exciting artisan work.
Together, we re-discovered a mutual love of all things artsy.
It was a fabulous day!
One Thursday, we spent
the morning in McMahon's Point at the foot of the
north side of the Harbour Bridge. This was Karen's
introduction to a piece of my life -- my volunteer Computer
Class for Retired Folk - all in their 70s and 80s, quite
a challenge and a heck of a lot of fun. Of course, she was
welcomed warmly by my students. After class, we lunched
right next door at the trendy Lavender Blue Cafe
where we tempted our tastebuds and savoured local wine.
Ahhhh, t'was the life! With tummies full and lots of laughter,
we browsed the nearby shops and continued to get to know
All too quickly Karen's
two weeks in Sydney were over, and I felt I was losing a
wonderful friend, so I emailed her before she even left
Australia. To get her first reply was the reconnection,
the confirmation of our friendship, and... we've been emailing
Teena's Tourism Notes....
Lavender Blue Cafe
is located in McMahon's Point near an exquisite bay called
... you guessed it, Lavender Bay. It's a fabulous summer
meeting point for lunch or dinner or coffee with friends.
Sitting outdoors you are surrounded by lots of huge trees
in one of the oldest parts of Sydney. The excellent menu
is peppered with fabulous Aussie seafood and delicious crisp
The Thai Connection
Restaurant (Fitzroy St, Kirribilli) is within walking
distance of the park at the northern end of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge. Sitting on the upstairs balcony in the balmy summer
air, you can treat yourself to Laksa - a spicy coconut sauce
with noodles, bean sprouts, lemon grass, chicken and candle
nuts. A true taste sensation!
Shopping for Sarongs
was great fun! Neutral Bay is only 10 minutes north over
the Harbour Bridge, and has some excellent shops offering
everything from bargains to exclusive designer outfits.
(Check out Mondo Bizarro, Theo's Arcade, 206 Military
Road, Neutral). Karen bought some really inexpensive wrap-arounds
and we also scoured a nearby shop filled with Balinese cotton
clothes at remarkably cheap prices.
Teena Hughes maintains
a very helpful and well-designed webpage all about her hometown,
Sydney Australia and, much more . Want to take a peek? It's
called, Absolutely Faaabulous! Australia and you can find
it at: http://www.abfab-australia.com/travel.html.
There's lots more woman-centered
information about Australia. Click
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