Surf’s Up

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. IMG_3231

If you have the chance, GO SURFING! Take a lesson, trust me you will love it!

Go find your adventure out there

Cheers,

Hannah

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Newcastle is Sweet

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a massive sweet tooth! Just about everyday I’m craving something sweet to sink my teeth into. Now that I’m off in college & traveling abroad at the moment, I dabble in the occasional, sweets for breakfast, because I’m an adult now & I can have whatever I want, right?! I’m going to tell you about three of my favourite treats I’ve had in Newcastle so far!

Newcastle has definitely came in clutch with their various sweet treats around town. One of the first treats I’ve tried in town are donuts from a local bakery named Doughheads. First off, walking down the street I could smell the bakery from the top of the road! I wasn’t even initially planning on going in there but the smell was so captivating, I was like one of those cartoon characters floating towards that freshly baked pie on the windowsill.  I choose two donuts for takeaway, & it was one of the biggest challenges not to dig in right on the bus. I bought a Nutella stuffed donut as well as a peanut butter and pretzel donut for my roommate & I to share. The dough was so fluffy & light, & the toppings were just perfect! Just make sure you have a glass of milk ready to wash it down!

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Check out Doughheads website here!

The next stop is to a little cuban restaurant in Charlestown Square named Coco CubanoMy roommate & I were in need of a quick meal before we continued shopping. Something caught our eye, & we just couldn’t resist.  I know this isn’t quite a dessert, but it was totally a treat! We each ordered a Frose, or a frozen rose. Let me just say, it had to be one of the best drinks I’ve had, the alcohol wasn’t too overpowering & it had the perfect amount of sweetness, just get ready for a brain freeze here & there! 

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Check out Coco Cubano’s instagram here!

Last, but definetly not least is the ‘Freakshakes’ from The Depot.  The Depot is located on Darby Street in Newcastle.  They offer these crazy milkshakes, I mean they’re insane! Toppings piled high, you just can’t miss out on them. I suggest making this a meal in itself because you will be rather full after, & you might be thinking, “but Hannah, that’s just sugar”! Well you’re right, it is all sugar, but I never said I was a health blog, & this post isn’t about veggies.  I choose the cookies and cream freakshake, which included a cookie bowl with cookies and cream icecream ontop of the shake itself. While my friend choose the churros freakshake, which included many churros and tons of whipped cream ontop.

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Check out The Depots instagram here!

Also check out my roommate Molly’s instagram to see all of her photos of the sweet treats: @molly.mcqueary 

Hope you’re day is as sweet as all these treats!

Cheers,

Hannah

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