Friday, July 29, 2011

Towers Galore

One thing Duncan really wanted to do while we were in Sydney was go up the Sydney Tower (formerly Centrepoint Tower).

The views were spectacular, but the admittance price was a bit of a rip off.  It costs $25 per person to go up the tower and look through the binoculars.  Oh well, they need to pay their staff, I guess.

They take a photo of you before you go up the elevator and on your way back down they try to flog you a photo set which costs $35.  No way were we paying $35 for some bad pictures of ourselves.  I suppose there will always be international tourists with lots of money though.

We had a bit of a look around Pitts Street Mall and the Westfield complex there.  It's a far cry from the Westfield Shopping Centres in Perth - I couldn't afford even a button from those designer boutiques.

That night was our last in Sydney so we went out for dessert with Jane and Tim in Leichhardt to celebrate Duncan's 30th.  I enjoyed some gelato while the others shared a dessert pizza.

We bought Jane and Tim a game as a thank you present for having us stay with them.  They love board games, but can't buy big ones because of the limited space in their tiny apartment.  In the end we bought them Uno Stacko which is like a combination of Uno and Jenga.  It is so much fun and a nice size.  Here are Jane and Tim with the most impressive tower we made all night before it came crashing down.

My thoughts on Sydney:
  • I don't think I could live there.  It's all bit too big and bustling for me.  The traffic and lack of parking...oh my!  You can't just run down the street to the shops like you can in Perth.  But I like to think I'm adaptable and that I could live there if I felt God was leading me there.  One thing I always feel about cities is that I'm overwhelmed by how many people there are in the world, and how many don't know Jesus.
  • I was surprised how old and rundown the city looks in parts - it's more like Melbourne than I expected with the old grungy, graffitied look in many areas.  We were in the inner west so I didn't get to see the outer suburbs much.
  • One of the reasons for going (apart from seeing Jane and Tim) was so Duncan could have a chance to experience a little bit of what it's like to study at Bible college.  We went to the chapel service which all students attend and Duncan went to a lecture on preaching.  He's not sure if he can live in the city again (and I'm not sure I'd want to live in student housing), but he is keen to do some form of theological study one day.
Overall, I loved our trip and I'm finding myself pining for Sydney.  It was a memorable time.


Gombojav Tribe said...

After we were married 6 years my husband felt the Lord wanted him to go to Fuller Seminary. So, we moved our family (four kids at the time and one on the way) to the city, spent 4 years in student housing, had two more kids while we were there.

He graduated a year ago (in June) with his Masters in Christian Leadership.

I still don't adore living in the city. But, I'm getting used to it--there are good things about it. But, most of all, just know that if God leads you to Bible school He'll provide all the means and it'll be a huge blessing!


bettyl said...

That's a lot of towers! I haven't seen a city that big in a long while.