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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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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!

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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.

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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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Kayak & Coffee

Winter is just around the corner…so I am checking out a few activites that can fill these cold weekend heading our way

 

This weekend I got early and headed to Lavender Bay in North Sydney.Me and three friends tried out a Sunrise Kayak and Coffee. We booked it through Sydney By Kayak click on the name for a link to there page.

The day before we received a text message with a brief plan of action for the Saturday. We met at Lavender Bay at 6AM. Once our life jackets where on we sat in our Kayaks on shore for a brief lesson on using the paddles. Our instructor Ben explained where we would be heading on our trip then our coffees arrived and we were off. We paddled to a few different spots on the harbor and got great photo opportunities through out the trip. Ben gave us a few fun facts on each spot we hit on the tour and chatted as we paddled. He also took many photos and put them straight up onto there Facebook page. I don’t want to give to much away about the tour but it was a great morning and I will be checking out there other tours as well.

I would highly recommend this to anyone. Floating next to the harbor bridge with a coffee watching the sunrise is the best way to kick off a weekend.

Great views, great guides and as always great coffee.

Colour Run!

Hello lovely people!

I am doing the colour and going to hopefully raise a few dollars for Friends of Refugees.

Any donation would be greatfully appreciated. If you would like to check out where the money is going click here…Friends of Refugee 

If you can and would like to donate please click here

Please share and spread the word let’s see how much we can raise ☺️❤️

Thank you

Kirsty xxxx

Buddies

This past weekend I did my Open Water Scuba course with ProDive. They have three branches in Sydney, I did mine with the Coogee branch. Before you start the course you have to login into the online course. It takes around 7 hours to get through all the slides and quizzes.

I was doing the course on the weekend. I started Friday night at the dive shop. There is a classroom in the back where you fill out paper work, go over a few facts and have a tour of the shop and equipment. The end of the evening is the exam where you need to score 80% or higher to pass. I did not leave the dive shop until 9:30 and was back there for 7:30AM

Saturday we went to Victoria Pool and begin the practicals. You are show how to assemble the equipment. Once everything is together and on you jump into the pool. The next four hours is in the pool learning key skills that you will need and getting used to being under water for a long period of time. After all the skills are complete and a little lunch at the pool we mad our way to the dive site.

That afternoon I completed my first dive which is a short one and it just gave me time to get used to being in the sea. The instructors use different locations around Sydney depending on weather. Our first dive was at Camp Cove in Watson Bay. Luckily the sun came out and it was a nice afternoon.

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On the Sunday we met at the dive shop again and filled in paper work. Then we headed off to the dive site for the day to complete three dives. In these three dives I was tested on all the skills I completed in the pool. There is also a exercise with a compos where you have to work your way back to your instructor. The dives went around the reefs in Camp Cove. The visibility on Sunday was not as good as Saturday but we saw a few things; Octopus, Wobbegong Shark and Cuttlefish. After the last dive we returned to the dive shop and helped clean all the equipment and record our dives. If the instructor is not happy with any of your skills in the sea they may not pass you. I found out Monday that I am now certified in my open water.

Next challenge will be to complete my Advance Diving course with ProDive, so I can get to the good stuff.

I felt completely safe through out the entire weekend. I felt with vey dive I built my confidence and was ready to take on any challenges. Highly recommend using ProDive.