Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hello Australia

When I was in college I caught the travel bug from my classmates Vikki and Graham, I started dreaming of one day visiting Australia.  I knew nothing about the country except their stories that they had shared with me throughout the year.  If you had told me then that a couple of days after my 20th Birthday I would be flying to Sydney to stay with one of my best friends for a month, I wouldn't have believed you.

But here I am.  I've had almost a full week in Australia and I am loving it.  Jet lag isn't fun and my SIM card isn't working but to be completely honest I don't really care because I'm having a wonderful time.  I thought I'd take a little bit of time to share with you some of the things that I've been enjoying in Australia so far.

1.  It's so nice to just step outside and to feel warm.  Not having to worry about a jacket and boots is so nice, I'm enjoying sunglasses and flip flops so much more.

2. Having time to just relax.  We've been having some really lovely, relaxed days so far.  We're currently on a girl's 'glamping' weekend near Dungog and it's wonderful.  We've been shopping, explored little antique centers, had lunch in cute little cafes, and sat out on the veranda watching the wallabies.

3.  The architecture in Australia is so different from the UK.  Each house is different from the previous one, and there's so much variety in materials and colours.  I've loved just staring out the window as we've driven through lots of little countryside towns.

4.  The food!  I don't if it's because I'm used to working in a kitchen so it's a nice change to not be the one who's cooking, but the food so far has been wonderful.  There's such a variety of eating places; we went to a great cafe in Morpeth called Savannahs on Swan and their food was wonderful, and we bought meat from a great organic butcher in Dungog.  It's nice also to only be thinking about feeding 3 people rather that the 20 I'm used too.

5.  The people here are so friendly.  It's been so lovely just chatting away to people in shops and learning a little bit about the people and the culture here.  Everyone I've met so far has been really welcoming, and I just love the Aussie accent.

I'm so excited about the rest of this month; this week I'm going to make macaroons for the first time, we'll be going up the blue mountains, and over the weekend we'll be starting on all the tourist attractions in Sydney.  If you've been to New South Wales before then let me know in the comments about some things I could do over the next few weeks, I'd love to hear from you.  You can follow my daily adventures in Australia over on my instagram.