Isn’t it horrible when you get given your boarding pass and realise you are sat in one of the middle seats on a night flight? My journey from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney wasn’t the most pleasant as I was stuck between an Indian man and an Asian women who both fell asleep meaning I was unable to move for the entire eight hour flight. I entered the country on a working holiday visa which meant the prospect of having to work for the first time for newrly a year was looming.
I was only in Sydney for just a few days so I allowed myself to indulge like a tourist yeeyha! I spent my first full day in Australia in Ruby’s Diner after hearing about a new coffee trend to hit the country – butter coffee. Made with oil and butter, butter coffee is supposedly good for you but it sure didn’t taste like it. It was nice but the consistancy far too oily for me. I like my coffee with a kick and this just didn’t live up to my regular flat white. After a productive day blogging, I met my friend Sam and headed to Bondi where there is plenty of trendy bars and restaurants close the to the beach. We hadn’t since each other since June when we briefly caught up for a few hours in Bangkok so we had a lot to catch up on over a couple of beers and pizza.
Although sunny it wasn’t all that hot so the following day I decided to take embark on a walk along the Eastern coast from Bronte Beach to Bondi which in my eyes is a perfect way to clear your head or simply enjoy the good weather. That evening we went to the Night Noodle Market, an annual week-long event in major cities across Australia as part of Good Food Month, where you can pick all sorts of Asian food and sit with a beer whilst listening to live bands. This is a great place to come with friends after work although get there early as by the time we arrived around 7/7:30pm the queues were ridiculously long.
As Sam was at work, much of my time in Sydney was spent alone but I didn’t mind one bit. I enjoyed a walk from Bondi Junction to Darling Harbour and around iconic Circular Quay to the Botanical Gardens. Walking is the best way to see and city and far more interesting (and cheaper!) than catching the train. I fell in love with some of the quirky little cafés I saw on route, especially Rupert and Ruby a pop-up in Icon Park where I stopped for a delicious iced coffee.
I also picked up a three scoop gelato come from Gelatissimo because my “holiday” was soon to be coming to an end and I am going to have to go back to the real world. Sam had football that night (men eh!) so I met up with my friend Jess who I met backpacking in Europe in 2011.
It was so good to see her after all these years and she chose the best place to eat, a quirky cocktail bar and American-style diner called Hello Sailor in Darlinghurst. It was here I had my first taste of crocodile since my last trip to Australia in 2009 and it was extreme tasty and something I will be having again. Croc bites rock!
Sam and I hit Bondi Beach, where else in a glorious sunny day? After hearing so much about Messinia, Australia’s finest gelato, and I generally believe it is (I’ve only tried a handful of places so far…), I just had to have some.
I like Bondi, especially for people watching but I have to admit I do feel a little ugly in a neighbourhood full of tanned, toned beauties walking around in their gym wear. Something, after ten months of travelling and a shed load of beer and cake I’m certainly not!