Bondi Beach is a very popular tourist destination, but the Sydney locals also love the area. The beach is beautiful, there are also amazing restaurants lining the shore. Through TEAN Abroad we were gifted a free surf lesson. I have never surfed one day in my life. I was so excited, but I was still a little scared. I mean what if a wave just knocked me out, or what if I got stung by a Jellyfish (for the third time)? I will be happy to report that none of those happened. I mean I did get knocked by a few waves, but that’s unavoidable, and it was all part of the lesson! Waking up at 5am to take a 3 hour train into Sydney, squeezing into a drysuit, and carrying a surf board three times my size was all bit of a challenge. However, the biggest challenge was trying to stand up on the surf board. The instructors give you a mini-lession while on land, but let me tell you, it is not comparable to when you are in the water trying to actually catch a wave. I fell more than a few times, and managed to stand up once, but for a first timer, I will take that as a victory. After trying surfing for myself I totally understand why so many people take it up, it had to have been one of the most fun things I have ever done. I mean who doesn’t want to just ride a wave, it feels like you’re just floating. Also be sure to check out one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area, trust me after surfing you will need a full meal!
Also you will get the chance to take photos where you look less like a model and more like you just got smacked by a wave.
If you have the chance, GO SURFING! Take a lesson, trust me you will love it!
Living in Newcastle you get a city setting without all the towering buildings and massive crowds. Newcastle is also set around 3 beautiful beaches, and easy access to Sydney, just 3 hours by train. I know 3 hours seems a bit extreme, but trust me with a good playlist it flies by! This weekend the girls & I decided to travel to Sydney for the day to experience the last day of the Vivid light festival. Sydney takes part in the festival every year, which includes light installations all over the harbors.
With a couple of bumps in the road, we just made the 9:33am train into Sydney getting us there at noon, the perfect time! We enjoyed lunch on Darling Harbor, and decided to visit the aquarium. If you know anything about me, it should be that I am in love with the ocean, the animals, reefs, just everything about it, so if there is an aquarium near by, you will totally see me there.
After the aquarium, we indulged in a few drinks, it was happy hour we couldn’t resist! Then we took on the lights. The Opera House was lit up with moving pictures of coral and all sorts of other things. There were interactive installations, such as blowing on the dandelion will cause them to change colors. I could stare at the lights all night, however my stomach was getting the best of me.
I have a strong love for Indian food, but the other girls had never tried it before. I’m an adventurous eater & to be able to introduce others to food I love is one of my favorite things. We found a restaurant called ‘The Spice Rack” in Sydney. I was very nervous to see what they thought, & they loved it! I had goat curry while my friend tried Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time, it had to be one of the best meals I’ve had!
Leaving home was anything less than stressful. A 20 hour flight, a 14 hour time difference, not being able to see my friends & family in a snap of my finger. After two
flights, I arrived, greasy hair & all! All I wanted to do was sleep, yet TEAN had other plans for us, like walking tours & dinner as a group to get to know eachother, which was an excellent idea! The first night a group of us tried kangaroo, & let me just say, it was amazing! Once the jet-lag finally set in we all almost fell asleep in our plates. The next day was filled with even more walking, including Sydney Habour & the amazing views that surrounded. It hadn’t quite hit me until I saw the Opera house that I was in Australia! The night was filled with beer & conversation as the new roomies & I got to know eachother & this large city. Our last day involved visiting the Taronga zoo, which makes me behave like a small child again, because all i want to do is see every animal possible. We were able to get up close with kangaroo’s & the cutest tazmanian devils! On the way back to the hotel we stopped at Aqua S, a icecream shop that is anything less than instagrammable. The rose ice cream was unlike anything I had ever tasted, but so refreshing!
The third night in Sydney is soon approaching with a dinner cruise on Sydney harbour, so I couldn’t be more excited! Then saturday we are off to Newcastle to explore our home for the next to months & get into the swing of things with our internships! All this change still has my head spinning around a bit, but I’m still very blessed & excited for what is next to come!
Quite like my favorite boyband, I have been on hiatus.
After a semester abroad, I tranfsered up to Penn State, Unversity Park.
I celebrated a 21st birthday & was given another opportunity to wander to a new country!
Junior year for most means internships, & that is what lies ahead of me. Psychology is a huge department, with many sub-categories along the way. This summer I got the amazing chance to intern at a Neuropsychology Clinic in Australia! With a quickly approaching depature date and a 20 hour trip ahead of me I can’t deny that I’m a bit scared. But, in the words of Jack Canfield, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear,” & I’m not one to let things stand in the way of what I want.
So with a new adventure means I need to document my travels; the places that are explored, sights that are seen, & of course the foods that are eaten. So if you’d like to travel along with me, I’d love the company!