Our guesthouse, above, is adorable. It was a private hospital many, many years ago. After that it was a convent, and now it’s a non-profit guesthouse run by a local church. Officially, it’s called The Educational Centre for Christian Spirituality, but it’s more commonly called The Centre. Most of the people staying at the guesthouse are either new employees at the university who are in the process of looking for more permanent housing (like us,) or they are friends or family of long-term patients in the hospital next to the university.
The guesthouse has free breakfast in the morning, which is lovely–cereal, toast, tea, and coffee–and a full kitchen that all the guests share. Rusty and I cook dinner in it every night. There’s also a laundry room, an ironing room, an office with a computer and printer, and other helpful facilities. The guesthouse is pretty basic and plain, but Rusty and I like it; we’re not fussy people!
The guesthouse is a couple blocks from the main street in Randwick, our little suburb, which has a couple restaurants, two grocery stores, a couple pharmacies, branches of all of the banks and cell phone companies, along with a doctor’s office, optometrist, dentist, chiropractor, etc. Basically, everything we need is on this one street, which is quite convenient.
The guesthouse is only about one kilometer from the university, which is very convenient for Rusty. It’s a gorgeous campus! We took a stroll around it a couple days before he started work there.
The guesthouse is also about two kilometers from the beach. The beach closest to us is called Coogee (pronounced kuh-jee, with the kuh sounding like the first part of could.) Even in the winter, the beach was packed with runners and volleyball players and roller-bladers. Yeah, roller blading is still a thing here, strangely.
Needless to say, we love our current neighborhood!