Greetings from Down Under! Yes, that’s right – this week I’m writing from Sydney, Australia where I’m happily keeping my husband company as he embarks on a month-long guest conducting project with the Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House. This trip represents a bunch of firsts for me:
The first time I ever flew over 20 hours to get somewhere
The first time I’ve been in Australia
The first time I’ve ever crossed an international date line
(As I write this post, it’s Monday, November 16th in the evening, but for you all it’s still Sunday, November 15th. Nyah, nyah!)
There’s lots of fun things to get used to here. For a start, the Aussie coins are “backwards” with the $2, and $1 coins being smaller than the rather large 20¢ and 50¢ coins; cars drive on the “wrong side” of the road with the driver steering from what we’d think of as the passenger’s side in the States; and, it’s spring now with summer just around the corner.
Although I didn’t suffer jet lag too badly, I found the 20+ hours of flying time to get here quite hard. I wish I could say that I happily spent the time sketching. My initial intentions were excellent, and I did this sketch of a woman making her selection at the Hudson News counter in the airport at JFK just before we boarded our first flight:
But, once aboard, all I really wanted to do was lose myself in sleep. Which was more or less what I did!
We’ve been very fortunate in that our accommodations in Sydney have turned out to be stellar (here’s just a few of the views from our 30th floor apartment)…
The entire apartment gets great light, so drawing at the dining room table works well. Yesterday’s sketches were done with my bamboo quill pen dipped in India ink.
Today I got back to sketching in my sketchbook with my Aquash refillable pen. I was enjoying a croissant in the outdoor patio at a French cafe in The Rocks district of the city when I noticed these two ladies enjoying a cup of coffee and dessert.
Since I have quite a bit of alone time on my hands this week, I’m hoping to find some more cafes for fun people watching! Stay tuned…