Although the forecasted thunderstorm did not eventuate yesterday, today the weather was terrible. There was rain all day and heavy at times. One good thing from this bad weather was that it gave us a grand excuse to go shopping!

 

A window with a view

A window with a view

 

So we headed off shopping and soon it was lunch time but we were still empty handed. We had lunch at a tiny Thai and Japanese restaurant in the Wellington Mall. Like most other places, the food was ok but the price was just far too high compared with Sydney price. A simple bento or smaller than usual size ramen could easily cost $15 – $17!

 

Waiting for a Japanese meal

Waiting for a Japanese meal

 

We continued our shopping mission after lunch. Finally, we bought something – a pair of running shoes and a giant tin bread container at a discounted shop. But we later on found out it was much cheaper to buy online from the online store of the brand of the shoes.

Online shopping is common. The only concern is whether the shoes fit well in reality. If you have tried the shoes in the store, it is perfect to order online. You may even save plenty of money.

We made a stroll to the city centre again.  This time I came across a second hand book store on Elizabeth Street. The store owner welcomes to buy back the sold book at 50% of the original price. I bought a book about Pablo Casals written by Albert E. Kahn. Never heard of Kahn before, but Casals was definitely a famous cellist.

 

Old books

Old books

 

In the evening we went back to Shamrock Hotel for dinner again. It was our favourite pub in this city and also the best of the best pub in 2015. It was overcrowded and was almost impossible for us to find a table. At the end we sat on the stools facing the street. Prior to this trip we have never had a dinner at a pub. But in this one trip we ate twice at Shamrock. Perhaps we were slowly becoming two true Aussie!

 

Shamrock Hotel

Shamrock Hotel

 

The images featured in this post were taken with the Leica M with the Summicron-M 35 mm f/2.0.

 

 

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