Oh dear. I’ve been absent lately. I haven’t been paying much attention to you. I’ve neglected you, forgotten you, and hardly visited. I’m sorry, Blog. It’s not you, it’s me.
Unfortunately, I’ve been a bit caught up with job applications and clinical placements. The interruptions of real life have meant that reading and watching stuff has slowed down a little, which makes for a Grumpy Grace. But don’t despair. I’m behind on a bunch of posts and reviews, but they are on the way!
In the meantime, here are some things I’ve been doing!
If I had to describe it in three words: Cold. Windy. Surreal.
Didn’t get a photo, but here’s a generic one where you can pretend it’s me :-P
For the record, Sydney Skydivers is a pretty decent place to do a tandem skydive if you’re looking. They were super friendly and easygoing. We rocked up to inquire about availability and as it was nearing the end of the day, they insisted on taking us up right there and then. Training was simple (almost non-existent…), and we were up in the air in less than half an hour. With the special deal it was only $255 per person but their regular prices are not much steeper. Photos or a video are $99.
Goal #31 completed!
1 & 2. Pancakes at Pancakes on the Rocks. The savoury ones were great (I liked the potato pancake!) and very affordable. We totally over-ordered and couldn’t finish our drinks.
3. Hot Cross Bun and Gin & Tonic Macarons from Zumbo’s in Pyrmont
4. Mango Beer at Bavarian Bier Cafe
5. The famous meatballs at Cafe Sopra in Potts Point!
6. Risotto with mussels at Cafe Sopra
7 & 8. Din Tai Fung: Hot and sour soup, tofu with pork floss and century egg, xiao long bao
9. Green tea soft serve at some random bar!
10. Gourmet hot dogs at Stitch Bar
11. Red wine and pretzels at the Baxter Inn, a cosy hidden place behind an alleyway. Felt like we’d stepped through into the 1800s
12. Chocolate souffle!
3. Walking – Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
This was a great way to spend an afternoon in Sydney! I highly recommend it. Start at Bondi Beach and just follow the boardwalk along the cliffs as far as you like. You can stop wherever and lie in the grass for a bit, as we did. Heaps of joggers and walkers use the walk but it’s never squashy and the views are excellent. Allow half an hour by train + bus from the city and then at least 2 hours for the walk, depending on whether you’re going to do a return walk.
We stayed 4 nights in Sydney at Original Backpacker’s in Kings Cross–a busy area but not as dodgy as people made it out to be. Accommodation was affordable and clean, but a little noisy. It was easy to get around the city…we mostly walked everywhere, even all the way to Chinatown.
Reviews to come in upcoming posts. Stay tuned :)