Home Prep.

I went home for two weeks. Mainly to see my mum and her partner get married but also to catch up with friends and family. I left the UK September 2014 so it had been a while since I was last home.

The few weeks  before I left I had mixed emotions, feeling anxious and excited all at the same time. I had a few nightmares about returning home think it was down to nerves about seeing people after so long. I have a few friends I have known forever and we don’t talk often but when we are together its like no time has passed. I have my university friends who i talk to often and I have my friends from home i have regular contact with. There were a few people who contacted me before i left and I had lost contact with them but I agreed to meet who I could to see how they were.

Does anyone else get nervous about visiting home?

My main rule I was trying to stick to was to not stress and to enjoy the trip as much as possible as this was my holiday. My sister had already been home for a visit and she said its crazy but you keep going cos you don’t know how long it will be until you are next back.

We booked our flights with Qatar and if you have watched the news you will see the countries around Qatar have banned them from using their air space. The only affect this had on our flight was a extra 20mins on our leg from Doha – Dublin. Our flight was at 9PM so I decided to work from one that day…I would recommend to take that whole day off it was very stressful rounding off work and making sure everything was packed. Maybe if you are ore organised then me it could work, but I will be taking the full day of next time.

My trip started and ended in Ireland. I had 14 days back home in Yorkshire. Ill break down the next to blogs between Yorkshire and Ireland.

I did treat myself to a new leather travel wallet from Kikki. Its brilliant piece to take with you along with your travel pillow. It hold your passport boarding passes and visa’s safely in one place. I even got my initials printed on the corner. Click here to have a look.

3 Years of Blogging & City2Surf

I have taken a step back from the blogging these past two months.

The break was mainly due to a trip back home to England after 3 years in Australia and a visit to my boyfriends home, Ireland. I just logged back on tonight. I find writing about all the stuff I get up to therapeutic. Not sure whether people enjoy the blog or not but now I think its more for me.

Well WordPress and I have been writing together for 3 years…I have blogged my trip around South East Asia and all the adventures and trips I have done in Australia.

Big changes happening in the personal life, moving in with my boyfriend, visa’s (whats new) and trying to get fit!

We have booked our Christmas holiday to Fiji and started hiking for our base camp hike  next year. Looking forward to those trips…I am sure there will be a few small ones in between with the trusty tent.

A few blogs to tackle about our trip home and moving..these will be after I have tackled the Ikea furniture in our living room. I have realized  I was not meant to be a Ikea customer as we have had a few issues putting everything together.

I also ran/ walked the City2Surf this past weekend to raise awareness and money for MS. Our family has had a personal connection with this disease it felt good to help raise some funds. If you would like to give to my donate page click on the link below…everything helps!

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Here’s to another 3 years of blogging this adventure we are on …

Kirsty

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Winter Camping in NSW

A couple of weeks ago now I packed up the car and hit the road last minuet for a camping trip with a friend. We did not want to travel far but needed a break from the city.

I asked one of my camping pro friends and she suggested Coledale Camp Site so we decided to check it out.

I keep all my camping stuff in a big plastic box and clean it after every use…this was extremely handy this weekend. We set off Saturday morning and I threw the plastic box, table and tent into the car.

The drive was easy and scenic. We merged onto the coastal road and winded through lots of small coastal towns until we hit Coledale. The campsite is right on the beach and has all the basic facilities you would need. The campsite is close to the RSL and the town making it a short walk for a drink or dinner.

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It was extremely windy when we arrived. We set the tent up battling the wind and then headed into the town for lunch. Most of the cafes stop serving at 2PM but we did eventually find one in Thirroul called Revive 2515. The cafe does sandwiches cakes and wraps. We grabbed a sandwich and got a cake to go. There is also a Coles in Thirroul were we grabbed some last minuet things.

The rest of the night consisted of making dinner a walk on the beach and a fair bit of wine! On the Sunday we ha d a quick breakfast at Earth Walker which very tasty. Then back in the car with a pit stop we planned. We stopped in Helenburgh to see the abandoned train tunnels.

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There are three tunnels in total. I would recommend wearing good shoes as it is extremely muddy. The tunnels are super creepy but make for good photos they look like they have come right out of a American horror movie.

Any of these towns around Coledale are ideal for a weekend escape with your tent. From the inner west it took us just over a hour to get there it was short and pretty drive. It was cold but we had enough blankets to keep us warm and a hot shower in the morning to warm us up.

 

Vivid Weekend Warrior Edition

Its the time of the year when the CBD is packed every weekend with people wanting to get that perfect picture of the sky line lit up!

Vivid Avoiding Crowds

My boyfriend was down last weekend from his project and he had said I don’t like crowds I don’t want to go to vivid. A small min trick later I had him in the Rocks and loan behold we were technically in Vivid but without the crowds.

I am fine with crowds they do not bother me and I love the vivid festival so I really wanted to go especially as he was down from Coffs for the weekend.

We got off the train at Martins place around 5:30 so it was dark and we walked down to the Rocks and through to the Palasides. I showed MC the view from the top of the bar which is a spectacular view of Sydney and its also a different view of Sydney Harbour.

We settled in the pub downstairs near a window and we could see the Vivid lights on the Shangri – La. We were joined by a few friends and had dinner in the pub which is good pub grub. Around 9:15PM we walked around to the the Theatre Bar. Yet again another great view of the Harbor Bridge and Luna Park. It was great watching all the boats on the water with there lights on for Vivid. The bar was very quiet and relaxing.

When you come out of the bar turn left and walk down the road a little way to the steps going up. At the top of those steps is a amazing view of the Sydney Opera House Sails.

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Walking back through the Rocks we got told by a passer by to go up the alley way down the side of the pub ‘ Phillip Foote ‘ there is a Vivid exhibit using 3D graphics….it looks very cool on Boomerang app. Check out the video on my Instagram Keeks9272016

 

Vivid By Boat

I did a boat trip on Sunday with my house mate and it was fantastic. We bought the tickets through Groupon for $38 each. The boat was a catamaran and seated 30 people. You could bring alcohol on board if you wished. The boat supplied soft drinks wraps and sandwiches.

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The boat was massive with room to walk about to get the perfect photo. The route went around to Darling Harbor where we caught the water show then back round to the Opera House and around the botanical gardens. Its a lovely way to experience the lights on the water. The company we went with was Sea Sydney Harbour.

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Vivid By Foot

I am going by foot this week to Vivid with my friends since as MC is not a crowd lover. Once I have gone by foot I shall update this section. Hopefully going to check out the Botanical Gardens, The Rocks and maybe Martins Place!

 

 

 

Weekend Warrior Vol.3

The Royal National Park – This National Park is just a short drive out of Sydney. Grab a friend preferably one with  a car. There are a few well known spots to check out; Wedding Cake Rock, Eagle Head Rock and the Figure 8 Pools. All information on these walks can be found in the links above. Enjoy the sunny winter weekends in the bush!

Drink with a View – Dress up after dinner and go for a fancy drink. Find a reason to get your best on and head into the CBD. My favorite places for a treat would be the O Bar and the Shangri-La. We waited for a table with the Shangri-La and it was worth it, plus I think it was only a 15 min wait.  Vivid starts soon the sky line will look even better.

Open Water Course – Get a new hobby under your belt. I know its getting cold but don’t worry they provide you with wet suits and the course is cheaper in the off season. I did mine with Pro Dive in Coogee it was a great weekend. Early starts and long days but I felt extremely comfortable and confident with my diving skills by the end of the course. they have weekend and week day courses on offer.

Glebe Markets – The market is every Saturday and it is full of retro vintage treasures. There are lots of creative stands and second hand clothes. If your into vintage and recycling clothes check this market out and of course there is always a coffee stand so you can grab a hot coffee to keep you warm walking around the stalls.

Weekend Warrior Vol.2

Few more activities to check out this weekend. Fingers crossed this good Autumn weather does not end!!!

Enjoy this weeks Weekend Warrior Addition!

Cockatoo Island – You can jump on a ferry from Darling Harbor and explore Cockatoo Island. There is a lot of history there to explore. The island has a cafe and bar (only open in summer). Also if you fancy a over night stay you camp at the island. There are two options; to camp with your own equipment or take advantage of their camp equipment. Last time I visited the Cockatoo Island there was a art exhibit on. Check out the website to see whats happening before you head over.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk– Its a classic…Everyone has done the coastal walk at some point. Its still a great weekend activity in most weather conditions.

Luna Park– Go and be a big kid at the retro theme park. My favorite part is the fun house at the back of the park. I don’t think you are ever to old for rug slides, mirror mazes and wobbly planks. If you go at night fall the park is lit up with the city sky line as the backdrop. You can enjoy the fair ground rides with a up close view of the harbor bridge.

Marrickville Markets – The market is every Sunday 9AM-3PM. It is on Addison road just after the Addison Rd and Illawarra Rd junction. The market is made up of organic food stalls, coffee stands, candles, oils and massage stands. There is a field at the back where you can grab some food and chill enjoying the atmosphere. There is a Chai Tea stand which has rugs all over the floor for you to sit and relax. You can do your Sunday shop and grab some food on the go. Note: Take cash there is a ATM at the market but it charges $3.50 to draw money out.

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What to do this weekend?

The days are getting shorter and the beach is no longer a option to pass the day. Just put a few idea’s below on what you can do during the winter weekends. Ill add more each week.

Sydney by Kayak – This is where I did the sunrise Kayak trip with a coffee. They have many trips for you to book on to. Just remember your hat and jacket its a bit cold out on the water.

Doggie Rescue – Become a volunteer walker for $10. If you have a car you can head up there on the weekend between 11AM-2:30PM to walk a pup. Its also not far from Palm Beach and even though its colder now its still a great location for a walk and some lunch.

Vivid – It is Vivid soon and I will be writing a separate blog about all the activities to check out. I have just booked on to a Vivid Cruise through GroupOn there are lots of deals on there at the moment.

Cocktail Week – Next week lots of bars are celebrating cocktails with tastings and classes. They have events on the weekend and during the week.

Cinema with a Twist – Golden Age Cinema is my favorite cinema in Sydney. It plays all sorts of movies and has a very small screening room. Before the show you can grab a drink and bar snack in the lounge before taking your drink into the cinema. Its a very small cinema much more personal viewing experience and cost about the same as going to a big chain cinema.

Here are a few things to check out I shall add more each week! Just adding a few photos of the city I took on my walk home from work. Sydney is very camera friendly

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I am about to give everything up to see the world…