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Underbelly: The DL on King’s Cross

May 16, 2010

Coming home on the Manly Ferry to the beautiful sunset in Sydney Harbour.

Well, now that we’ve moved I suppose I can give the exposé on King’s Cross. As I mentioned before, there is actually a really popular show here in Australia called Underbelly: The Golden Mile that is all about King’s Cross in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s all about gangs, drugs, crime, murder, prostitution, and police corruption! Yay! Haha. Well, King’s Cross today probably still has some of those things, but of course it’s not at all that bad or dangerous anymore. In fact, I think it’s already seen as a historic place for those years. On the street (we lived on Darlinghurst Road, which is the center of King’s Cross and the so-called “Golden Mile”) they have plaques with quotes from (I would guess) famous people from that time and also marking what famous stores used to be there that have now been replaced by McDonald’s and youth hostels and such.

Now, as I said, it’s more infamous and more touristy. Backpackers roam the streets. But there are still strip clubs and prostitutes and drunks and homeless people and other sketchy characters. I often thought of it is kind of the Red Light District of Sydney. It wasn’t uncommon for Oscar, when he was out without me, to have girls approach him and ask him if he wanted some company for the night, or for scantily clad women standing outside the strip clubs to try to beckon him in. We did live in between two strip clubs, after all.

Cute opossum in Hyde Park.

The area also seemed to be a favorite for the trashier Aussie types, with cat fights and such being pretty common place. But there were always police on patrol and I never felt unsafe at any time. Mostly it was just annoying sometimes when we wanted to have a weekend night in and we wander out in our sweats to go rent a movie and are surrounded by girls in skimpy dressed and drunk people wandering everywhere. Plus our doorway always smelled the slightest bit of pee and vomit. Ick.

All in all, the location was otherwise great, very close to the city and within walking distance of a number of parks, the Botanical Gardens, etc. But it’s not somewhere you want to live more than a month or two (especially when you have cockroaches in your apartment and have to go to the library to get on the internet). So we were more than happy to finally move away.

Living room in our new apartment!

Now we’re living in Waterloo/Redfern. It turns out we are actually just two blocks away from where I lived when I did my internship here two years ago! I had no idea when we picked the apartment. Today Oscar has the day off and I’m mostly recovered (I was sick for a few days — but I start my new job tomorrow!) so we’re going to walk around and explore the area some more.

We know there is a fancy artsy area (Danks Street in Waterloo) just a few minutes walk away from us, and we’ve discovered there’s actually a lot more in the way of shopping and entertainment just beyond that, as well as Centennial Park (which is HUGE – think Central Park big!) all within ten minutes walk from our apartment. So we’re going to go check all that out. At first we thought the area might be a little sketchy (at night it seems so because everything’s closed!) but walking just a few minutes in any direction leads to some great places. Lots of parks, shopping and some nice areas.

Sunset over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge

And as I mentioned, I did get a job! I will be working as a marketing assistant for The Nuance Group, a leading international company that owns a ton of duty free shops and other airport retail around the world, including pretty much all the duty free shops in all the airports here in Australia. I will be focusing on coordinating the development of their Marketing and Merchandising manual for all their airports in Australia. It’s a really amazing and exciting opportunity, that I’m really pumped about it! My initial contract is for two months, but there’s the possibility they could extend it even up to five or six months. Woo!

Well we’re off to do some exploring. I’ll fill you in on more later!

Hungry for more about the city? Check out my reviews and tips for Eating Out in Sydney.

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