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$$Budget Sydney-when it doesn’t work out$$

This weekend was a lot of ups and downs. I wanted to cross another activity off my list …camping. I had everything ready Thursday night so we could make a quick escape after work. MK decided he didn’t want to leave that late on a Friday and I didn’t think there was much point going Saturday morning as the campsite was 3 hours away…we were once again in Sydney for the weekend. 
I was not to happy about this but Saturday turned out to be really productive and a lot of those things on the to do list got crossed off….we were adulting well for a few hours 🤜🏼
I did go out for lunch at a cafe in Marrickville called Roastville cafe. It does a amazing breakfast but I tried the lunch options. I had the chicken waffles and a coffee. The portion sizes were massive so you leave very full and the food tasted unreal …I was one happy customer!

That evening we caught the bus into Newtown and went to Dendy to finally see I.T

I am the biggest fan of scary movies. I loved I.T it was scary, smart, funny and charming. The storyline was brilliant and the young actors in the movie did a great job of not making it cheesy. 

Walking back to the bus stop we decided to stop off for a drink and try a new bar (favourite hobby). I got to pick and I chose The Midnight Special…it’s a small bar blasting rock and roll / blues music. The place is covered in retro posters and spray paint. I only took one photo of the toilets. It had a chilled atmosphere and great music. Nice little find on the way home.

As I spent a bit of money on Saturday I wanted a low key Sunday. Since as I didn’t knock off camping this weekend we decided to try knock going for a hike off the list. We found a hike around Hornsby that was 6K. We drove out to Hornsby but you can get there by train. 

We walked to the start of the trail according to the map and could not find the entrance to the track at all. We did come across Mountain biking tracks which looked a lot of fun and new. We came to the conclusion the walk did not exist and the biking tracks must have replaced it. Bit of a failure on the hike front. We did grab a coffee in Dee Why though and sat on the beach with our big walking boots on. The sun was out and it got me excited for summer!


Cost

Lunch $25

Cinema Ticket $21

Two Beers $18

Coffee $4
Total weekend spend $68 probably around $75 with transport fees as well. 

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$$ Budget Sydney $$

I stayed in last weekend and it was okay. I decided on Sunday to knock off one of the items I listed in my last blog about budget. I got the train to St James. Then I walked up to the top of Botanical Gardens and through the park to Mrs Maquire Chair. MK has been in Australia for 5 years and had never been so I decieded I’d show him one of the top tourist attractions in Australia. On the way I stopped at the Pop of Bar in there Busby’s for our Sunday treat. I had a gin and tonic looking over the Opera House and the harbour bridge. 

After our drink we made it to the chair area which was surrounded by tourists. Then we decided to head back around the Opera House to see if we could spot the seal. There is a seal that likes to sunbath at the Opera House stairs. Unfortunately the seal was not home when we got there. We continued to walk round the Opera House and to Circular Quey where we joined the Yes Rally which was going on in the CBD. We stayed and listened to the speakers and watched everyone in there colourful outfits and amazing signs. We decieded to go home via Wynyard as Circular Quey was packed! 


The sun was out all afternoon it was beautiful. It was very calm and relaxing afternoon taking in those beautiful city views I feel we take for granted. 

Spent…

Train to St James: $2.56

Train from Wynyard $0.16

Gin and Tonic $ 10
So in total for the weekend I spent $12.72 
Believe me it was so tempting to sit there all day and have some Sunday drinks…but for now this will do ☺️

Yorkshire Holiday.

Probably not the most well known place in England to people around the world. But I am from Yorkshire which in present time means…I sound like John Snow.  I just had my first visit home in over two years and I wanted to write a blog on what I got up to and how it went. This might be over a few entries.

Living abroad is hard…I know I have said it before but there is a lot of blood, sweat and visa money behind those killer Instagram posts where we seem to always be having the best weekend. People back home are under the illusion we are living the high life at ease….it is a great life don’t get me wrong but it is a tough one at times. Everyone has had there rough patches trying to make it in a land outside of their own. When going to visit the homeland you always have a guard up and don’t really talk openly about what you are doing or your plans as you always have the fear that you are coming across bragging. I didn’t want to be like this when I met up with my friends and family.

I did meet up with a few people and I said nothing about my life. I just asked questions and people where happy to answer and not ask me anything. After a few of these conversations I thought I probably wont be making much of a effort with these people again. What is the point of a friendship if you cant talk openly and have mutual interest in each others lives?

Luckily those conversations where very few…I mainly had great conversations catching up with friends, babies and meeting new partners.

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The biggest change to meeting up with people would have to be seeing my University friends. We have all known each other for over 7 years now. We grew up together; drank cheap beer, pulled all nighter’s with assignments, lent each other money, shared many a cheesy chips and supported each other into the adult working world. Through out the years the group has been in many different countries and stages at life. Instead of meeting at the pub and having a good night out this time we met at Butterfly World or as its known now Tropical World. It was the first time we had all been in the same country for years…

Yorkshire put on its best weather for our Uni reunion. Instead of a nice beer garden we were all in the Cafe at Tropical World in Leeds. There were two new additions to the group and one on the way….yes little humans started to join our gang. There were also partners we hadn’t met which was nice to finally put a face to all the stories we had heard about. It was a tense awkward few minuets then someone just took the lead and went round the table asking questions which broke the ice. We wondered around the Tropical House, the gardens through round hay park to grab a ice cream and of course it was always going to happen… we ended up in a beer garden. We did have a bit of time reflecting on our university days which just makes you feel insanely old and have no idea how time has gone by so fast. It was a massive highlight of my trip getting to spend a full day with the whole lot of them. I did manage to get to see a few again before I left.

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The lesson I learnt after my visit home… to really focus on the important people around you. To not bow to pressure to meet up with people who are only interested in telling you about there life and not willing to share the conversation.

The rest of my time in Yorkshire was spent meeting up with people. I did do two things I want to write about. I did attend the Yorkshire Show for the first time ever and I also watched my mum walk down the aisle. Obviously the biggest part of the trip was the wedding and it was a very special day which I want to share in a blog. So working on two new blogs about the Yorkshire Show and my mums wedding day in the Yorkshire Dales. Also cracking on with the Ireland blog entry as well.

Let me know if you have the same struggles or experiences visiting home in the comments section.

Enjoy the Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Run the Rainbow!

Two weekends ago I did the Colour Run with my boyfriend and two of our friends. We bought early bird tickets at $45 ….I highly recommend grabbing the early bird ones as $80 for a full price ticket n my eyes is not worth it.

Freebies –  you get a t-shirt, head band, number and  a #happy tattoo.

There is a free shuttle from Central which we used to get to the park. There is a ‘Colour Run Festival’ which is where you finish and start the race. It is a great place at the end of the race to unwind.

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The start line takes a good 20 minuets to get through but the music is pumping and there are a few radio DJ’s getting you all hyped up for the run. You start running through a shuttle of foam. The run winds round the park with music blaring out and 3 colour sections where volunteers throw powder over you. Right before the end there is another foam section.

The powder easily comes off and the volunteers throw it at the lower part of your body.so don’t be afraid it wont end up in your eyes.

Once over the finish line and unicorn medal collected we went back to the festival. After getting some food from one of the many food trucks and throwing paint around to music we headed home. Overall its a fun morning with friends but I wouldn’t be rushing back to do it again….if your into photos its a great chance to get some cool shots with friends.

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 Tips for The Colour run:

  • Sign up so you can grab the early bird tickets
  • Its a fun run I wouldn’t recommend it if you want a serious time on a 5K
  • Pop your iPhone in a zip lock bag
  • Pick up your stuff and sign in the day before
  • No bag drop so you bring it you run with it
  • Arrive early to avoid the big line at the start
  • Have fun and get involved with the colour and foam!!

***I know I typed Colour with a U through the whole article but its to hard not too ***

 

Click Here for a link to see when the next Colour Run is near you!

 

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.

 

Summer Feeds

Just a few places I’ve tried out the past month in Sydney…all links to the websites are in the heading just click on the name.

Milky Lane – Bondi

We went here for a Birthday meal. The venue is very cool street art all over the walls with murals of everyone’s favorite hip hop artists. The place has a lot of energy with a DJ playing. It is known for its burgers so of course I had to have one. It is pretty hard to pick as all the burgers look incredible  ( a great Instagram account for this restaurant). I tried the pulled pork burger which melted in my mouth very tasty. A few friends split burgers so you could try more then one. The deserts are massive and visually looked great … I didn’t have enough room to try one but I would head back here in a heart beat as the menu had so  much to offer.

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Jamie’s Italian & The O Bar – CBD

Last weekend I had date night with my boyfriend and we wanted to go to the city. We tried out Jamie’s Italian. I booked a table online and would recommend booking especially on a weekend. We ate early around 6PM and there was a line of people waiting for a table when we arrived. The staff were lovely very helpful with the menu. I tried the egg plant and he had mussels and pasta. We shared a starter which was on the small side, I would probably have got one each. The food and wine were delicious and to say it was in the city center the price was very reasonable. Just around the corner from the restaurant is the O Bar on the 47th floor. Strict dress code on the bar so dress to impress. We got seated at a table I asked to be put on the wait list for a window seat and in 10 minutes we had one. The bar rotates giving you 360 degree views of Sydney. We had a few cocktails Espresso Martini, Orchard Crush and Mojito they were all very tasty. For a special date night or if you have visitors in town the O Bar is worth a visit to show off Sydney’s sky line.

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Lentil as Anything – Newtown

The original Lentil as Anything opened in Melbourne. The idea behind this place is it survives off donations. There is no pricing on the menu. The menu changes everyday depending on what food is donated to them. I went on a Friday night and some how we got seated straight away. It is a fast paced experience as soon as you are seated you are asked what you would like to order. There was a choice of about four dishes on the chalk board. I quickly selected a Mexican bowl and with in five minutes it was in front of me. The menu is always vegetarian. The food was unbelievable so tasty and filling. I had Mexican beans, rice, humus and flat bread. To pay for your meal it is by donation. There is a leaflet on the table to help you decide what on a amount you should donate. There is a big box on the way out where you make your donation. I cant wait to head back there its a incredible idea. Check out the website for there story and everything they done for the community so far.

The Grounds – Alexandria

I met a bunch of friends here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The place is massive and has so many different areas to explore…the potting shed, the grounds,the farm, the flower shop and the market stalls. The Grounds even has a bus on a weekday to help customers get to and from the venue. Its a beautiful venue which makes you forget you are in the concrete jungle. We ate in the Potting shed restaurant. I went for the mussels which were very good there was just a lot of them that were shut. I didn’t get that many out of the bowl. After enjoying some food and wine we had a walk around and met Kevin Bacon. I wish we had got there a little earlier as the market and flower shop had shut. You could easily spend all of your Sunday in this place. Yet again this is a place I would go back and spend a little longer.

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Spring Forward

I feel after this weekend it is safe to say winter is on its way out!

The weather was beautiful this weekend and perfect to get outside. Friday night was very relaxing with just having a quick bite to eat at The Ritz in Marrickville. The food is basic but good pub food and they also had live music on a Friday. The rest of the night was spent watching the Olympics…I just can not get enough of it all.

**Go Team GB**

Saturday I was at my partners house with his roommates and we just went to get a Vietnamese Roll from their local shop. Personally I am not a massive fan but they are obsessed with them. It is also ranked the number 2 place to eat in Marrickville, so I’ll put the link in this post. Once I was back home in Randwick it was usual weekend chores then a quick change for my friends Birthday. Disaster struck at 4PM when the restaurant we had booked all 20 of us into had a fire and had to remain shut this weekend. We did manage to get a booking at a Indian restaurant in Coogee called The Clove. Now back home Indian food is amazing and I have never really found anything as good here in Australia. The Clove though came very close it was great food and service to say they had to deal with 20 individual orders.The food was delicious and after way to much of it and wine we tackled a homemade Birthday cake before heading to Coogee Pavilion. I am honestly not the biggest fan of Coogee Pavilion…its just not usually my scene. But this Saturday I really enjoyed it having a few nice cocktails and playing table tennis and giant Jenga with friends was a great way to celebrate our friends Birthday.

The sun was out Sunday so it was straight to the beach in the morning with a coffee. A few brave swimmers ventures in but I was very content on the sand. The afternoon was spent in the Coogee Bay Hotel to watch the Conor McGregor fight. I am not a massive fan of UFC fighting at all but having a few Irish friends and a Irish boyfriend makes the fight a fun day out. I did miss the fight by a few seconds but the atmosphere doesn’t fade. The sun was out and so were the Sunday drinkers. Having to get up at the crack of dawn it was a early exit from the festive’s for some dinner and sleep. I have a suspicion a few of my friends did carry on and enjoyed Sunday night to the fullest.