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The Sydney Lifestyle: Highways and High Waves

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. Dense traffic flows between skyscrapers and architectural landmarks like the famous Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The city center with its glass towers and broad highways gives off a slightly uninviting and impersonal vibe. But when you look in the right places, you can find some of the laid-back lifestyle Aussies are famous for.

Catching Waves—With Moderate Success

Charlie McKibbin, Territory Manager for New South Wales, showed me some of that with a surfing lesson at the world-famous Bondi Beach. After signing away all my rights in case of death caused by sharks, jellyfish, or a surfboard knocking me out, we went down to the beach to do some dry runs to practice standing up on the surfboard. My goal for the lesson was quite simply to survive without any major injuries. Because, knowing myself, I would be the one clumsy enough to knock myself unconscious with my own surfboard.

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I was surprised that I got much further during our two-hour lesson than just surviving. We had perfect conditions—low wind and gentle waves. This gives even a beginner enough time to slowly get up on the board before reaching the beach. Actually staying up on the board proved to be the bigger challenge. But now I have a goal for the next time I go surfing!

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I survived!

Bondi: Lifestyle and Culture

The Bondi area is made up mostly of small brick houses and feels like a charming little village on the seashore. Bondi beach is especially popular with tourists, but you’ll also see locals stroll the streets and hit the cafes of Bondi. I visited just as the yearly Sculpture by the Sea art festival was about to start, which turns the 2-kilometer-long coastal walk into a sculpture park for three weeks every year. One hundred exhibits from artists across the globe are on display here, some of which blend in very well with the environment and others, well … don’t.

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