I have been having a bit of writers block recently in terms of creating content that I am excited about and I came up with the idea of monthly reflections. Hopefully this, in time, can give my readers a bit more insight about me as a person and my life. If this series kicks off and continues, then it will be a nice round up of what has happened that month, from the highs to the lows and they will also be perfect to look back on in the future.
So let’s get started, and welcome to my August Reflections!
August marked just over 6 months that I have been in Australia. How exciting! and oh my how fast this time has flown. This month I managed to see friends from home who were passing through Australia. My friends Tilly, Alys and Izzy had been travelling through SE Asia and stopped in Sydney for a week. We managed to catch up for lunch and it was so lovely to see some familiar faces. We went to a burger shack and ate the most glorious juicy burgers and chatted about our travels, my life in Oz and their lives back home. It was such a needed reconnection to my life back in England, but also a pleasant reminder that I am very happy here, and still have no desire to go home just yet (sorry mummy). The other friends that I saw were Johanna and her sister Libby. The pair were doing a spontaneous trip to OZ and NZ and luckily I was able to catch up with them both. We went and had dinner in a restaurant called the Potting Shed at the Grounds of Alexandria. Hands down one of my favourite places that I have come across since being in Australia. Its an open air restaurant, covered in luscious greenery. They had fairy lights every where, fabulous cocktails and they even have a resident parrot. The evening was filled with flowing conversation, brilliant food and lots of happiness. Being reunited with all these girls was perfect and a much needed dose of some familiarity.
My cousin Jess also visited Australia from NZ and we managed to catch up, having some amazing food at various restaurants, and spending a very windy afternoon drinking cocktails at the Opera Bar overlooking the harbour. It was amazing to see her for the third time this year, and with her living in NZ, this is the closest that we have ever lived to each other.
In terms of work, I am still a bartender but progressing to different areas of the pub and still having lots of fun. I have made such good friends with the people that I work with and it means that half the time it doesn’t even feel like work. I love the social aspect of hospitality and I feel as though it suits my personality so much. Unfortunately due to my visa circumstances, I have to move on at the beginning of September, and I have another pub lined up to go to. On wards and upwards, and super excited for this next work chapter.
As you saw in a recent blog post (My Little Sydney Home), our little space is slowly becoming more homely. I am picking up new bits and pieces for the house every now and then, gradually building up our collection. Still feels a bit surreal that I am buying homeware, but i’m finding it very exciting!
Talking about my Sydney friends, there have been many a trivia night, tranny bingo night and delicious brunches throughout August. I am making an effort to try to keep exploring where I live and find the hidden gems. Something I’m really enjoying is having my Australian friends show me some of their favourite places, some I never would have discovered myself. I’m building up my own group of friends, something that is so important to me staying here, is just making me feel so at home here and welcome, and enhancing my experience down under.
Ty and I went to see his grandparents. We managed to get a couple of days off and headed down to Mudgee, about 4.5 hour drive outside of Sydney, completely in the countryside. I didn’t realise how much I needed a bit of relaxation time, but oh wow it was so needed. We were literally in the middle of no where, no phone signal, no other people around and it was lovely. His Nan is such an amazing cook, so we had the most amazing food while we were there as well. We went star gazing, and due to there being no light pollution, we could see the milky way. This was the clearest that I have ever seen the stars and it was a moment I will never forget. It was the perfect get away. Also, I saw wild kangaroos, and I don’t think that I will ever not be excited about that!
August has been very good to me and even though I have worked alot, I have still managed to explore, spend quality time with friends and enjoy myself. Bring on September!