I need two hands at least to count the number of times we have been to Bondi Beach and it is nearly always the same. Train to Bondi Junction, then bus to the beach. I have long argued that the train should continue to Bondi Beach. The bus from the Junction to the Beach is crowded and a very unpleasant trip and it doesn't seem to matter how many buses are put on, they are still crowded, worse if you cop one without airconditioning. Local Bondi Beach residents don't want the train if they have cars. They argue that a train service will bring more hoards to the beach, and they are probably right. Bus using residents though I would surely welcome a train service as the trip is just as miserable for them as it is we tourists. Why not extend the train to the Beach and then swing it down south to service Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee? This would take pressure off Bondi Beach.
Anyway, I was comparing an old map of Sydney when trams ruled and travelled along Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, now a mall, to a current map. I was struggling to make sense of anything.
Then I realised that for many years, I have had my Bondi Junction head space, for want of better words, arse about. I have always thought when you exit Bondi Junction station to Oxford Street Mall, you walk north along a laneway straight into the mall, but no, the station is to the north of Oxford Street, so you must head south. This means that when I was in Oxford Street Mall, the direction I thought the beach was wrong and the city also. And, the buses going to Bondi Beach exit the station in an easterly direction, rather than a westerly direction, which makes sense, or does it.
Unfortunately google street view doesn't show the mall and now I am just left in a confused state. Help!
This happened to me in Ueno, Tokyo and once something like the direction of north is planted in your head, it is very difficult to shake. You can logically think about it and work it out, but the map planted in your head for instant recall is wrong.