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A Farewell to Sydney

My time in Sydney is coming to an end and whilst I am excited to move on to Melbourne and continue my Australian adventure, I will be sad to say goodbye to this amazing city. 

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Two weeks in Sydney felt like a long time when we were in the planning stages of our trip, but now I am glad that we spent a longer time here. The first few days were filled with jet lag and tiredness, waking early and sleepwalking around the city, attempting to get our bearings. It was good that we had extra time to properly see Sydney and do everything we wanted to do.

I can’t get over this beautiful harbour city – everytime I see the opera house or the harbour bridge, I feel like I am seeing them for the first time. And I have probably seen them from every possible angle….. even from atop of the Harbour Bridge after a climb up. Perhaps the Megan Carr and Beth Harringtonthing I am most impressed by however, are the trains. I’m in awe, seriously. I’m used to delayed services and noisy, cramped cabins but these trains are something else. They are spacious, quiet and so so clean. And the system is so much better too – a quick swipe of a card and you’re in. No waiting in long queues to buy a ridiculously over-priced ticket, but a simple swipe for cheap travel. I’m so easily pleased. Here I am, in Sydney and I’m talking of how impressed I am by public transport…….giraffe in Sydney Zoo

So, apart from the trains I am of course impressed with other aspects of Sydney. It’s a great starting point for my year in Australia. Spending a year on the other side of the world is quite daunting to me but I am slowly getting more and more organised…bank accounts have been opened, money has been transferred and jobs have been researched. The thing I am most concerned about is winding up unemployed and homeless in Melbourne. Hopefully that won’t be the case but with my luck, who knows what could happen.Megan Blue Mountains

So with one more day left in Sydney and currently lying in bed after spending the day as a hungover sloth, I can look back on my two weeks and feel satisfied with what I have accomplished. I have seen most of what Sydney has to offer – I have seen it in the pouring down rain and in the sparkling sunshine. I have climbed a bridge, travelled to the Blue mountains, ambled around the beautiful botanical gardens and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, I have been to the zoo and held a Huntsman Spider in a jar (dear God, if I ever come across one of those, I will cry and come home)….. Blue MountainsBondi BeachI have sunbathed in parks and on beaches and gotten horrifically sun-burnt in the process despite having used nearly a bottle and a half of Factor 50 (might have to Google where I can buy in bulk here…), I have created a bank account and of course, Pancakes on the RocksI have watched the famous New Year Fireworks and barely been able to keep my eyes open due to a sad case of jet lag. (Hmmm, probably not the best day in the world to pick to travel to Australia.) And last but not least, I’ve eaten the most amazing pancakes at Pancakes on the Rocks!

It really has been a jam packed couple of weeks. But good things must come to an end and adventures must be had else where. Melbourne, I’m coming for you….

(PS: We are staying at Wake Up! which is apparently ‘Sydney’s best backpackers’ accommodation’. It’s fun, clean, good-value, no queues for the shower and smack bang in the middle of what’s got to be one of the best cities on earth! Sorted!)

Ahhh, Sydney

So, I am finally here in Sydney. And it’s awesome.received_10153712665956041

After months and months of working and earning money and dreaming of Australia, it feels so good to finally be here and relax and explore Sydney.received_10153712665736041

After nearly falling asleep during the famous Sydney New Years Eve fireworks due to a severe case of jet lag, we are finally feeling on top form again and are truly loving this city and what it has to offer.received_10153712666076041 Although I’m not too fussed on the intense sun burn I am currently sporting. I think my skin is allergic to suncream. Copious use of the factor 50 and I still look like I’ve been living on the sun for 5 days. Sigh. Curse my pale skin.received_10153712666306041

However, we have had a break from sunshine here in these past few days and instead have been dealing with torrential rainfall. Which I suppose my poor sunburnt skin is grateful for.received_10153712666141041

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to so far including standard tourist photos outside the opera house, chilling in Darling Harbour, ambling around Royal Botanical Gardens and The Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Sydney Aquarium, marvelling at the Harbour Bridge at Campbell Cove and generally sunbathing in Hyde Park (oh so maybe that’s why I’m so sunburnt. Oops).

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I don’t think I’ll ever tire of these views.

Next few days holds adventures including a trip to the Blue Mountains, sunning ourselves on Bondi Beach and a climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge…..

Sydney, I love you.

BRB, just off to Australia

So, it is officially less than 100 days until I leave for Australia.

Like many university graduates, I have no plan for the future. I have no “proper” job, I have no “proper” plans and I have no “real” commitments. Therefore, why not buy a one way ticket to the other side of the world? What’s the worst that could happen?

Well aside from the hundreds of killer spiders, killer snakes and intolerable heat that Bill Bryson talks of so lovingly, Australia doesn’t seem like the worst place in the world to try and get my life together.

So how did this plan come together? Not very smoothly to say the least. And possibly not with the most planning in the world. A old school friend and I decided to head out there together, both unsure of our futures and both wanting to escape the UK for a bit. We eagerly bought our working holiday visas and after a minor blip and a major dent in the savings due to a required hospital appointment, my visa was finally accepted. Things were looking real. The next scary part was deciding when to go. Buying the ticket was possibly the scariest thing I’ve ever done – I mean paying a huge sum of money for one flight to another country when you have no idea how things are going to turn out is pretty daunting. But in the spirit of “you only live once”, the tickets were paid for and we were officially going to Australia. JUST IN TIME FOR NEW YEARS EVE IN SYDNEY. This New Years Eve is going to be kick ass.

So with less than 100 days to go, I am completely terrified but at the same time insanely excited. The fact that I’m moving halfway across the world with no set plan or any ideas about what could happen is scary but at the same time, isn’t that the funnest part? The not knowing? The fact that anything could happen? And isn’t this the best time in my life to do something like this?

I’ve never been one for knowing what I want to do with my life so putting that decision off for (another) year is the best decision that I’ve ever made. I’m hoping that the endless hours of work in a job that is far from my dream job will be totally worth it when I get off that plane and set my feet down in a new and exciting country. Although, who knows, I could hate it and come back home within a few months with my tail between my legs and in desperate need of tea and cake.

Australia, I’m all yours. Any suggestions on where to go/what to do are welcome!

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