This was the 4th post (Day 4) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.
5th July 2014 – Sydney, Australia (Day 4)
There was love in the cold air, so were drunken voices Of teenage kids who made love with whiskey and coke. Cupid called at 6. I answered. In the freezing cold, I stepped out for a glorious sunrise with only love’s cloak.
The kids from last night did not stop their partying throughout the night. I had given up on the beer-pong game around 2 am, but the ruckus went on throughout the night.
Few years ago, I would have joined them and taken off a piece of clothing for each time I lost at beeping, finishing almost naked somewhere in the hostel corridor at the ungodly hour of 7 am. But not now. I must be getting old. Or maybe the universe is paying me back for all the times that I meted the same treatment to other hostel mates, in the past.
So today, I slept all of 2 hours – maybe – and stepped out at a freezing 6 AM to see the royal botanic gardens in Sydney. The sunrise in Sydney was glorious, and since I began this project I have been looking for an opportunity to try all the canon lenses in one single day.
The walk from the mad monkey hostel in Kings cross, to the Royal Botanic gardens, should have taken just 30 minutes. But it took nearly an hour. Primarily because I stopped almost everywhere on my way. My walk took me past the St. Mary’s Cathedral, which I had already visited yesterday, and hence didn’t spend too much time today. I also passed by the Hyde park, which I made a mental note of to come back the following day.
Further ahead, the state library of New South Wales, shined brightly in the rising sun. The building was decked in a glorious hue of Sand, and it almost came alive as the first ray of the sun fell on it, masking it in a shade of golden glory. Admission was not open at this time, so I simply took some pictures from outside, and continued my walk.
A few minutes later, after passing a delectably-named street called Shakespeare place, I was in front of the entrance to Royal Botanic gardens!
Unknown to many, this is the oldest scientific institution in Australia, open since 1816! Spread across 30 hectares of prime land very close to the sydney opera house and the business district.