Week 4: Sydney
On Sunday we decided to have a lazy morning however, as it was a lovely day and with no jobs likely to be posted, we decided to head out and got the 12:30 ferry from Wharf 3 at Circular Quay to Manly.
After lunch at The Ivanhoe Hotel, we explored the lovely little market in Manly although, we didn't purchase anything, before walking down to the very busy beach and boardwalk. We strolled end to end and watching some beach volleyball, then we caught the ferry back to the city.
We had a chilled out afternoon and after dinner we decided to play the card game 'Backpackers' and by the time we learned how to play it, it was time for bed!
The next day was spent searching for jobs. However, on Monday night Katy wanted to see an aboriginal light and music show that was being projected onto the side of the Sydney Opera House. It, disappointingly, only lasted for about 10 minutes in total but it was a lovely display, although there was a cold wind while we were watching it.
Tuesday was spent much the same as Monday apart from a trip into the CBD for a coffee break in the afternoon. As this was our last night in the Airbnb we had to pack and tidy up (there were lots of passive aggressive notes in the property despite having paid a cleaning fee). Craig made a curry for dinner and then we watched the Late, Late Toy Show, a great, once a year show available on RTE that maybe, maybe, got us feeling a little bit festive, maybe.
The next morning started with an Uber into town, to store our bags at the IEP office, and then a coffee to kill a little bit of time. With CV's in hand, we walked down to Circular Quay. The first stop was a restaurant we knew were hiring. When we arrived the restaurant had applications for us to fill out and hand back in with the promise 'we will be in touch'. Afterwards, we handed in CV's to various pubs, shops and restaurants all around the Circular Quay. Sadly, we reckoned most would never see the light of day again and we also got a few rejections because we have no experience (rolls eyes). After lunch, we checked into our new Airbnb for the week and it was filled with an eclectic collection or artwork, books, travel souvenirs, books, sculptures, books and bizarre furniture. (As a bit of fun, we are going to post a 'souvenir of the day' while we are here. Wednesdays is (below) 'Blue Cherub, Suspended from Kitchen Ceiling.)
After our host had shown us around the property, Craig received a phone call from the Grace Hotel, who conducted a phone interview for a porter position. He passed after a long chat with Fernando and was invited to a face to face interview tomorrow. The rest of the day was spent continuing to apply for jobs and then watching the comedy series 'Sex Education' on Netflix.
Thursday's souvenir of the day is (below): 'Shower of Terror'.
Craig's interview went well but, he was told there was another candidate and, reading between the lines, there was a suggestion of nepotism. When he got back to the apartment we continued the job search and Craig heard back from another. This time to provide tastings of an Australian single malt whisky in a liquor store. It was organised by a promotional agency, who sent him information on the products via email and a contact number for the manager of the store, to organise the stock. As he began to swat up on the material he sent a message to the manager and got a very unhelpful and frankly, rude message back which would require him to go to Newtown (~40 minutes each way via taxi/Uber) to pick up stock on Friday, come back and then work for a total of 6 hours over 2 days (coming to a grand total of $150). So at this point he pulled out of the shift only for the agency to get back in touch and suggest he buy the $200 worth of stock at the supermarket and then claim it back from them. Again, he declined and asked for his name to be taken off their contact list. A message came back an hour later stating the stock would now be available at the store and he would be doing the shift as before. Deciding not to go ahead as he had no trust in the agency or he would even get paid to which he got the response 'that's disappointing'. We will let you decide who should be the most disappointed over the course of the 5 hours this wasted. Homemade pasta bake for dinner and then we caught up on the Apprentice.
Friday's souvenir (above) is 'Sabrina, the Teenage Nazi Witch'.
Today was spent applying for jobs with only a trip to Starbucks to break up the day. This trip provided some hilarity when Katy ordered a peppermint americano that she didn't particularly enjoy (unsurprisingly)!
Saturday's souvenir (above) is: 'Photo of Devil Child; in our Bedroom'.
After a lazy morning on Saturday we then went for a walk in the afternoon, stopping only for a coffee and then had a fairly relaxed evening.
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