My all time favorite thing about traveling is finding my way around new cities. I prefer to walk around and get lost and then find my way back again. It is the best way to get to know a city. Another great way to see the city and to cover more ground is by utilizing the public transportation system.
All of my favorite cities have great PTS. The street car in New Orleans, the subway in New York, the tube in London, the metro in Tokyo and Hong Kong and now the Underground Railway in Sydney.
We had one day with nothing planned so we decided to jump on the train and see where it took us. We got on at Central and took the train 4 stops to Bondi Junction.
Bondi Junction is a great shopping area of Sydney. It has several stores that line the streets and then a huge mall. I have to give you a little back story so you understand why this was such an exciting site for me.
In China, there are a lot of high end malls. Lots of name brands. You can find any and everything you need in China. Except for a shoe in a size 9.5. In the six years I have lived here, I have never been able to purchase a pair of shoes. It is really sad because, I love shoes. I mean, I really love shoes.
I have been wearing the same 3 freakin pairs of shoes for 18 months now (last time I was in USA). I needed new shoes.
In Sydney Australia, I found shoes. In fact, I found several shoes stores in Bondi Junction and every single store I went to and every shoe I asked to see had a size 9.5. I was in 9.5 shoe heaven. I was such a great feeling. I brought 4 pairs.
So, I send thanks out to you all. To Sydney for loving big feet people, to Bondi Junction for housing some great shoes stores and especially to the Underground Railway. If it was not for you and your easy access all over Sydney, I might still be wearing the same 3 freakin pairs of shoes.