Since arriving back in Sydney, I haven’t done any crazy touristy activities. Instead I have been getting into the Australian way of life… for me, this involves brunching and take-out coffee every day.
I have been living in both Bondi Junction and Curl Curl.. these are an hour apart. However, most of the journey is by ferry.. so I don’t mind taking in the incredible views of circular quay…
I met Lindsey on the ferry in the first week of being in Sydney, and since I have been back I have been staying in her beautiful house, and trying to help out with the youngest of her six children! She is incredible.. 6 kids… no help…! Doing this may seem like a waste of a travelling experience.. I beg to differ, as I’m experiencing the real Aussie lifestyle and in doing so, helping others. I also feel so at home… and valued! They are definitely my Aussie family..
I have been meeting up with Eline; who I met whilst on the boat out to the Reef. She is living with a family in SummerHill, this is roughly an hour from Bondi Junction. But starting on Monday, she will be working in Bondi Junction for a Soup Kitchen. She studies nutrition at University, and is therefore involving her knowledge into helping the kitchen create healthier meals. Her working in Bondi Junction is ideal for us to meet for dinner lots in my last few weeks.
I visited where she is staying this week. Again, it was so interesting to experience yet another Aussie lifestyle. In her case, its living in the suburbs of the city. With quiet roads, small towns and larger houses!
She is living with a family for the next six months, who used to live next door to her in The Netherlands… making them her Aussie family! Their house is beautiful, and so of course I took so images for this blog…
On the nights that I am staying in Bondi Junction, I am staying with a family friend; Nicole. She works as a Vet, and has a few hours free during her day, in between morning surgery and afternoon consulting. This gives us a window to go out to lunch together. This week we ventured to Rose Bay.. which is stunning. We had a light lunch overlooking the small harbour.
Anyway, my friend Abbey from England arrives on Monday. So I have actually made a plan for us to fit in all of the touristy activities whilst she’s here.. Toronga zoo, Bridge Climb etc.