Day 9: Sydney – Paddington Market, The Rocks, Kings Cross

Even though I was still adjusting to the new time zone, I managed to fill a day of sightseeing around Sydney.  On the recommendation of my friend Cindy, I had breakfast at Bills in Darlinghurst.  I sat at the communal table and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee and some decadent banana ricotta pancakes. After breakfast, I wandered through the jacaranda lined streets of Paddington, admiring … Continue reading Day 9: Sydney – Paddington Market, The Rocks, Kings Cross

Day 8: Sydney, Australia – First Impressions

My flight arrived in Sydney early on a Friday morning.  Once I cleared customs, collected my luggage, bought my Australian SIM card and withdrew some Aussie dollars, I got in a taxi and headed to Darlinghurst to meet Tim, my Sydney host, at the Horizon Tower in Darlinghurst.   The Horizon Tower is a somewhat controversial structure in Sydney as it is the sole skyscraper … Continue reading Day 8: Sydney, Australia – First Impressions

Day 5: Lost and Found Los Angeles

Downtown LA is sometimes spoken of derisively, a place that empties out at 5 o’clock and is known more for the appalling conditions of Skid Row rather than having anything charming to offer the curious visitor.  My relatives who live in Los Angeles warned me that it can be dangerous, but also noted that it has some interesting places worth exploring.  Indeed, Downtown Los Angeles … Continue reading Day 5: Lost and Found Los Angeles

Day 4: Hiking above Hollywood

After returning to Los Angeles from Palm Springs, I decided to drive up to the Griffith Observatory, which sits at a high point offering spectacular views of the Los Angeles Basin, and do some hiking nearby. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the observatory is closed to the public on Mondays; however, you can still walk around the building and admire the views.  An upside of … Continue reading Day 4: Hiking above Hollywood