There are several German institutions in Sydney. Staff at the German-Australian Chamber, the German Consulate and the Goethe Institute work together quite a lot, since we have a shared mindset and pursue similar goals. However sometimes, we come together without any work purpose. This is what happened last Sunday, as four staff members and interns of the Chamber, two interns from of Goethe Institute and one staff member of the Consulate in Sydney met up bright and early at Circular Quay to start the day.
Together, we caught the ferry to Manly and went out for brekkie at the Boathouse at Shelly Beach. Despite the fact that it was absolutely packed, we had a marvellous start to the day. Some of us knew each other already and some met for the first time, so there was a lot to talk about.
The breakfast strengthened us for what we were up to: a hiking day. The plan was to walk the Manly to Spit Bridge trail and we were treated with the best weather for it. Sunshine and a cloudless sky made us forget that we are in the middle of the Australian winter. The German conversation was kept to a minimum as we were accompanied by an Aussie friend as well (to avoid staying entirely in the so-called German bubble). Talking about the work at different German institutions, about upcoming events and about the life in Sydney being quite different from the one in Germany, we enjoyed beautiful scenery with stunning views. Even though the walk is close to the hustle and bustle of the city life in Sydney, it gives hikers the feeling of being a lot further away. Nice little paths overlooking the coast of Sydney lead you to lookouts and beaches on the way to Spit Bridge, absolutely recommendable.
About 12 kilometres and a couple of hours later, we all sat in the bus back to the CBD. The next German institutions’ walk is already planned for Sunday. This time we will be going to the Royal National Park.
Written by Elena Bergmann