It’s Saturday, September 22. Tonight we head over to Dean’s sister’s house in Peats Ridge. So today I pack in the morning so that I can have the rest of the day to say good-bye to Bondi Beach. It has truly been wonderful to be at a beach in an apartment where I got to know my neighbors and surroundings and live a bit as a local.
The grass along the beach is also packed with people enjoying the sun. Perhaps these are the people who do not consider sand between the toes as enjoyable or romantic but still want to be at the beach. I can’t resist some of the graffiti walls and as I pass I photograph.
I cross the street into Bondi and am fascinated by the mosaic benches. No one seems to notice them or care. No one is even sitting on them. I just photograph them and do not listen to them beckoning for me to sit down since I have barely started my exploration today.
I’m hungry and consider eating at one of the fish places on the beach but decide to go further into the town itself. I pass Gertrude and Alice that seems to be a café but basically has books outside for sale. I continue and then make a U-turn. Has been a while since I’ve heard the name Gertrude. I imagine very prim and proper women having tea around an inviting fireplace when I read it. Need to investigate this place. People are having coffee and I smell food. I go in and it is in fact a café and bookstore. It’s cozy and I’m digging the vibe inside.
Once done I go back home where I will wait to be picked up and head to our next home: Peats Ridge which is about 45 minutes from town. After getting into the apartment and checking all is ready to move I go outside and as the sun goes down I bid Bondi Beach farewell.