Life lately: An overdue update

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Three months have passed since I moved to Australia, and aside from the obvious fact that living here is an adventure in itself (hello spiders!), I have unfortunately not spent much time adventuring. Instead I’m feeling pretty good keeping busy in Sydney — meeting people, drinking heaps of coffee, shopping, exploring the city, and planning for the day(s) I can use up some of my vacation time to go on a road trip up the Gold Coast or along the Great Ocean Road. But adventure is calling so I need to make some time for it soon.

Anyhoo. I think I’m a little really overdue for an update here, and since I don’t have many travels to speak of, now is probably a good a time as any to share a few of the things that have been making me happy (and keeping me busy) in Sydney these last couple months.

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Always a tourist: My tips for visiting Taronga Zoo

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Things have settled down since I’ve moved to the city and I’m happy to say I’ve been able to do things that aren’t related to work, or moving, unpacking, or rearranging furniture. Last weekend, for instance, I decided to take the ferry across the harbour to visit Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo is home not only to native Australian animals like kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses (er… platypi?) and Tasmanian devils, but many other exotic and endangered animals too. And seeing that it’s located opposite the Opera House on the shores of Sydney Harbour it has one of the best views of any zoo I’ve ever been to. Fun fact: Taronga is an Aboriginal word meaning “beautiful view”.

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I’ll miss you, Bondi :(

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I was so very lucky to call Bondi “home” for the first two months of my stay in Australia. These days I live in a neat little place much closer to the CBD, and within walking distance to Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. It’s not a short walk by any means, but I could totally go for a run along the harbour footpaths, or around the Botanical Garden in the mornings if I wanted to. (Um, hells yeah I do!).

While I’m really happy about the move and all the things I’m now in much closer proximity to (friends, shopping, more food, even more tourist attractions), unpacking made me a little bit sad. Especially when a bit of sand spilled out of the boxes after I’d started pulling out kitchen appliances. Cue sad face.

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Expat Observations: On iced coffee

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Hey friends, today I want to talk about something that has been on my mind for a little while now: coffee. Actually, coffee of the iced variety.

I’ve said a few times now that I’m not a huge coffee person. This is still true. I don’t really notice the difference in the taste of beans from various countries, nor do I notice the way they’ve been roasted/ground/pressed/whathaveyou. While coffee snob fanatic friends of mine can wax poetic about the notes of “caramel, hazelnuts, chocolate, or smokey BBQ (??)” they can taste, I might say “gee, this sure tastes like coffee”. Or, “what is this? Motor oil?” in the case of espresso, which here they also call short blacks. Very literal with their words, those Aussies.

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Walking the walk from Bondi to Coogee

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One of my favourite things to do in the early mornings, when it’s not yet super hot in this record summer-now autumn-heat in NSW, is to walk along part of the Coastal Walk from Bondi to Bronte beach and back again. There’s nothing quite like walking with the sound of the ocean in your ears and smell of salt in the air! Not to mention the view is pretty amazing, and if I ever feel the urge to rest my legs and laze about in the sweet sandy goodness of Sydney’s Eastern Beaches (um, always), I totally can.

Until this weekend I’d only ventured as far as Bronte, the halfway mark, mostly due to time constraints or general laziness even when I did have the time. (It’s about an hour of walking there and back). This time I made it all the way to Coogee.

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