This week I finalllllly got out of the city for the weekend and it was just what I needed! Feel like I’ve been running on empty trying to keep up with all the plans and trying not to say no to anything that gets thrown my way
The week started off slow, I always try to keep Mondays and Tuesdays as days more for myself than anyone else so Monday was very chilled, the only notable thing was that Salmo and I went to the gym together in the evening. I love training on my own but it was so nice to go with someone else for once altho the second I start working out with someone else I start comparing myself to them and what they can achieve and it instantly annoys me. My PT has written me up some new work outs which I’m excited to get started on for this month!
Tuesday was in the office, posted my first serious(ish) TikTok and it’s now sitting at 6K views, so you could say I’ve gone viral. It was a slightly cringey one I think it’s just the sound that made it do well… more content to come lol. After work I was planning on going to Pilates but the Sydney transport let me down and I arrived too late – sad times, could have done with a lil bit of an ab burner. The evening was not lost though, as it was Morna’s bday eve so we all headed to the headland on Coogee to celebrate and have some Seltzers (the Aussie’s bloody love a Seltzer) and pizza from Coogee Pav. It was honestly such a gorgeous evening and the sunset really did bits for our Instagram pics. Once the sun set we all hung around because there was due to be a blood moon eclipse at 9:18pm – I’d never seen an eclipse before and it didn’t disappoint! In the lead up there was so many clouds covering the moon so we thought it was going to be really disappointing, but it delivered! The moon went red and looked insane. I think this type of eclipse is because the sun was completely the opposite side of earth which caused it to red – v cool.
Wednesday was honestly a ridiculously good day, it felt like I did so much! It started off with an early morning gym sesh before work which alllllways sets you up for a good day. Grabbed a morning coffee from The Grumpy Baker on the way back from the gym. Did the first part of my day WFH but then headed in around lunch time as we were due to be taken out for lunch by a media owner! We headed to a really boujie bar/restaurant called The Establishment in the city. One thing I’ve noticed about Aus is that they have loads of really nice aesthetic restaurants with bang average food (no offence to The Establishment). In the eve I met up with Liv (who I used to work with in the UK) for a little catch up and to watch the sunset, which again, didn’t disappoint! Summer really feels like it’s starting at the moment and the sunsets most eves are 10/10.
On Thursday, I had the biggest small world moment ever. I went out for drinks after work and bumped in to THREE boys that I know from home that all went to John Fisher!?!! How does that even happen. We were all at a bar in The Rocks by the Harbour – one of them was on a family holiday, one of them was on a business trip and had a couple of days in Sydney, and the final one I hadn’t actually met before but he was on a sabbatical from work, and he works in the exact same industry as me. Small, small world. This eve was actually the first time since being here that I’d seen the Sydney Opera house! Sounds ridic but I just knew that I’d end up seeing it loads if/when people come to visit so hadn’t bothered going to see it yet! Walking around Sydney Harbour I honestly felt soooo grateful to be here, I forgot how impressive the Sydney Bridge and Opera House look when the sun is out!
Friday was a WFH Friday! Best day of the week!!!! And half way through the day we were told that we’d be getting early finish Fridays from now until March!?!?! So we’re allowed to clock off from 4pm on Fridays for 4 months!?! The bloody dream. This was also perfectly timed as this weekend I headed to Kangaroo Valley with Morna! She picked me up just after 4 and we hit the road down to Kangaroo Valley! It was just over two hours out of the city and we drove down the most beautiful tree lined roads to get there – there is something about the trees in Aus that are just soooo beaut and when you’re driving along the roads the dappled light is so stunning. We arrived at the airbnb and it was the most adorable little cottage that was quite in the middle of no where. We went for a little walk as the sun was setting – the way the light hit the trees as the sun was going down made all the trees glow red. We had a very chilled evening, played a game, drank some wines and had thai green curry before having an early night so we could get up early for lots of walking and waterfalls the next day!
On Saturday morning we woke up early to spend the day in national parks and chasing waterfalls! The first place we headed to was called Carrington Falls which is where we were going to meet Lottie and her sister, Claudia. The drive there was only meant to be 30 mins…ish, however Morna and I took a slight accidentally de tour and it ended up taking us nearer an hour…ooops! Either way we managed to beat most of the crowds there which meant we got to go for a swim in the waterfall there allllll by ourselves which was beaut. Once we’d swam there and done a lil walk we headed to the next stop, Fitzroy Falls! This was a muuuuch longer walk and a much more impressive waterfall. We went on about a 5km walk and saw some unbelievable views. The views in National Parks are insane, the country is just so big and the national park views go on for miiiiiiiiles. Once we finished the walk we were all starving so went back and had our lil picnic before heading to the next stop! The next stop was a lil campsite where we thought we were going to be able to spot wombats but we got there and then found out that they only tend to come out around dusk so we were way too early. We still hung around for a while and found the perfect little spot for a swim complete with a rope swing. Getting hold of the rope that was dangling was quite a hilarious struggle but we persevered and managed to get hold of it and then all swung and jumped from it into the river! Core memories were made, it was so fun. By the afternoon/evening me and Morna were exhausssssted so we went back to the airbnb and chilled. We ended the evening watch the new Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi documentary thing on Amazon Prime which was very random but the perfect easy watch.
Sadly when we woke up on Sunday the weather was pretty shitty so we had a slow morning before packing up and leaving. On the way back we stopped in the cutest town called Berry all the buildings were so typically Australian looking but there were some amazing shops with the more aesthetic home bits – a great place to buy Christmas presents but I had 0 money to be able to buy anything. The reason we stopped there is because Berry is a well known little town that is famous for its doughnuts so obviously we had to get some and my god they did not disappoint! They were warm cinnamon doughnuts and wow. They were 10/10. After a couple of hours mooching we headed back to the City and I spent the rest of my afternoon doing life admin, headed to the Bondi Woolies to do my food shop which was life changing, there was so many more food options there, I’ll never be able to shop in the other supermarket again (honestly it is the little things in life sometimes that really make you happy hahah).
Another v busy week in Sydney! There is just so much to do here the days just flyyyyyyy by!