Every city is like a time machine. The moment you enter it you are time travelling, sometimes to the uncertain future and sometimes to the known yet unknown past. In either case you get to open Pandora’s Box and unearth lot of secrets. – The Lost Wanderer
Sydney is home for me. With my brother living there, it is a place I go often. It also happens to be one of the cities I have had the chance to discover on my own. Devoid of the standard recommendations for tourists, I make it a point to try something new in my every trip. On my last trip I was fascinated by the concept of “walks” that Australian tourism boasted of: nature walks, beach walks, historic walks...the list was fascinating. Within seconds, the bibliophile in me thought, how about a literary walk? Surely enough, the answer was a loud yes. A little lesser known than the other walks, Sydney’s "writer’s walk" is a visual treat for any bookworm.
Located at Darling Harbour. it starts from the international passenger’s arrival terminal and ends at the Opera House. Surrounded by serene blue waters and accentuated by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this place is bustling with people at any time of the day. Unfortunately, only few know about the walk, so much so that you might even end up getting stared at for trying to read the placards fixed on the ground. The plaques have names of writers who are from Australia, as well as ones who came here to find an inspiration and went back to write a masterpiece.
Something I have always admired about this country is their ability to encourage artists. Every time I am here, it reminds me of these lines: Imagine a world without artists. Scary isn’t it? Australia is a country filled with artists. Street performers, artist’s studios, art courses, artists associations – they are literally everywhere, and ready to help you sail through the various challenges you might be facing as a budding artist.
The day I went for this walk, I was down for no particular reason. In the evening when I returned home, I was carrying inspiration big enough to last me for a year, and I could keep refueling myself by simply looking at these pictures.
Even if you are not a writer, this walk promises to tickle your excitement as you get a sneak peek into the story behind the story. I could almost visualize some of my favourite authors sitting there on a bench few meters away from me staring at the endless waters and trying to capture their thoughts in words. The writers who have been eternalized here in the form of plaques with their famous works are awe-inspiring in every aspect. The plaques also have excerpts from their works which indirectly are acting-agents to increase your TBR list.
And now, considering that I have bored you enough with the details, it’s time to experience its magic. Brace yourself as we embark on the Writer’s Walk.