So today I went to the city to take some photos for a photography assessment I am working on at the moment at tafe. I thought I would go there by myself, in my favourite American Apparel parka, with my clear umbrella, put in some earphones, listen to some music, and capture the life of Sydney. The city is so beautiful in the rain.
Obviously Circular Quay is the best area to get a view of the Opera House, City skyline, the Bridge and the harbour all together so I made sure that was my first stop. Just my luck, I managed to hop off the train as soon as the rain started bucketing down but I didn’t mind! I spent about half an hour there taking photos of the rain hitting the water, and the clouds above the bridge. I noticed that the Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition on called YOU IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE which was up in bright lights above the restaurant. I don’t know much about it, but I’m going to take a look!
After I left Circular Quay, I took a brief stop at Milsons Point which is one of the best places in Sydney to stop and have a quiet look at the Harbour Bridge. The trains bend around the station and continue on to travel over the Bridge, and it looks amazing in the rain. Milsons Point is underrated I reckon.
I then stopped at Town Hall, mainly taking pictures of the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and people watching. It started raining really hard again, but there were some buskers playing, people sitting and drinking coffee, it just made for a really relaxed atmosphere. I had never actually been to the top of the QVB. I always stay on the level of the station, where all the busy shops are, but I discovered that if you go up a few spirally staircases you find large, arched, stain-glass windows and a massive dome roof.
I headed to Museum after, which is always an interesting experience. Museum is a pretty creepy but cool station. Its like St James, all underground in a massive tunnel. When you hop out of the train you are hit with a wall of hot air, gushing by with each train. Only illuminated by long lights, it feels like you are stepping back into another century. You have to walk up some stairs and make your way through a long arched tunnel to make it out of the station. I rushed around to find American Apparel and visit the store but I read my iPhone Maps wrong (again) and headed in the opposite direction to which I was supposed to be going, which was annoying when its pouring down rain and your shoes aren’t great at gripping onto the smooth paths.
I didn’t spend much time in Museum, but rather hopped back on a train and headed to Central for a much needed coffee with the lovely Jasmine. I took her to my absolute favourite cafe in the whole of Sydney, Mary St Cafe (previously known as Me & Art) in Surry Hills. It is known for its quirky look, and its friendly baristas. Always a fun time at that cafe. We spent a good hour and a bit just sitting there talking about everything. The coffee was really good too!
I was exhausted by the end of the day (even though it was only 3.30pm when I left Central) but it was so worth it. Sometimes all you need is a camera, an umbrella, a train ticket, a coffee and a good friend to make a rainy Thursday into a great one.