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Our New Neighborhood: Walking to Fox Studios

Yesterday, Rusty and I set out to walk to Fox Studios, where we were told there was a fantastic farmers market. Despite the fact that it is called Fox Studios and that it exists in an area called the Entertainment Quarter, I still was not prepared for what we encountered! But, I’ll get to that later.

Care to follow along? Below is the map, showing our route from Kensington to Fox Studios. I took a lot of pictures along the way!

We started at the southeastern corner of Todman Avenue and South Dowling Street.

This is near where we live, but not too close. Sorry, internet: We love you, but not enough to tell you where our apartment is!

On the northeastern corner of Todman Avenue and South Dowling Street is a shopping mall called the Supa Centa. Rusty and I try to avoid discussing this place with other people because we feel so ridiculous saying its name out loud. It sounds perfectly normal if you have an Australian accent, but it’s hard to say it with an American accent and still be taken seriously.

We started by walking north on the eastern side of South Dowling Street, past the Supa Centa, up to Dacey Avenue.

On the northeastern corner of Dacey Avenue and South Dowling Street is the Moore Park Golf Course, which is inside the Centennial Parklands.

We crossed the street and took a right, so we were walking east on the north side of Dacey Avenue.

It was an absolutely beautiful day, and there were a lot of golfers out. We enjoyed our walk on the north side of Dacey Avenue.

After awhile, we approached the intersection of Dacey Avenue and ANZAC Parade.

We hung a left and walked up the western side of ANZAC Parade. ANZAC Parade is one of the main roads in our area of Sydney, and it is the main artery to get to most of the eastern suburbs. That doesn’t mean you can’t walk along it, though! There is no shortage of sidewalks or paths in Sydney–you can walk nearly everywhere on nearly every road.

After a short distance, we arrived at the crosswalk to get us to the path to Robertson Road.

If there’s a button for a crosswalk in Sydney, you have to push it. You won’t get a crossing sign if you don’t, and the cars won’t stop if you don’t have a crossing sign! It sounds simple enough, but Rusty and I have both lived in plenty of places where that wasn’t true.

Robertson Road is a quiet, residential street that lines the park.

The end of Robertson Road, as it approaches Lang Road, is cobblestone, and it has a major cycling intersection.

It may be hard to tell in the picture above, but there is a cycling path intersection in the foreground before the road intersection in the background. Lang Road serves as the major connector for bike commuting traffic between Grand Drive in Centennial Park and the paths along ANZAC Parade that go north into the Central Business District (called the CBD.) Cyclists exit Centennial Park just south of the intersection of Robertson Road and Lang Road, cross over Robertson Road, and then follow the path just south of Lang Road, pictured below.

We walked along the path for awhile until we got to our next intersection.

We crossed the street to get to Errol Flynn Boulevard and the entrance gate to Fox Studios.

It was about this point that I realized where we were. Fox Studios? Fox Studios. Oh! Fox Studios.

I forget sometimes that we live in the biggest city in Australia–the city where everything happens! Of course the big Australian film and TV studios are Sydney–that totally makes sense when I think about it now–but I always forget things like that when I’m just walking around town.

There was a crowd of young, screaming children around the Nickelodeon building, right when we walked in.

We didn’t know what it was all about until we found the September schedule at an information kiosk.

Can you read what it says for the 15th? Slimefest. This made a lot more sense when we walked around the back of the building later and saw the same screaming kids leaving the building covered in green goo!

We were just in search of the farmers market, though. Not slime.

The farmers market was nice! It was smaller than we expected, but it had a decent selection of fruits, vegetables, and specialty items.

More fun for me was the speciality orchids!

We were starving when we got to the market, so we were also pleasantly surprised by the hot food stands at the market. We got some amazing vegan Ethiopian food.

Ethiopian food is of my favorite cuisines. I had rice, two lentil stews, a vegetable stew, salsa, and chili sauce. Rusty had the same, except he got injera bread with his stews instead of rice. Injera bread is a sourdough pancake bread made from a grain called teff. YUM.

Side note: It’s hard for me to mention Ethiopian food without thinking about what is happening in Ethiopia in terms of access to clean water. Charity: Water and A Glimmer of Hope are partnered together to drill new wells in Ethiopia with their drilling rig named Yellow Thunder. Check it out and consider donating.

About theacademicsabroad

Rusty and Ali are a couple of nerds who moved to Australia to go on adventures. Oh, and work. :)

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