Greetings from Sydney! If you've been reading for a while now you know that I made it across the Tasman Sea safe and sound (all of my suitcases in tote) and feel like I’ve been living an absolute dream! Since touching down, I’ve hit the ground running— already spending ample time in Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and some of my favorite spots. The evening I arrived my husband made sure to we paid the Opera House and Harbour Bridge a visit, letting this whole crazy dream fully sink in. Since then it’s been lots of bus and train rides, being frustrated at telephone companies (Optus, not Telstra), supermarket runs, neighborhood strolls, museum visits, going to the "touristy" parts of the city (like the zoo) and plenty of errands to make our adorable little house feel like home!
I was beyond nervous to leave New Zealand (buh-bye routine), but the second I set foot on the plane I felt like moving here has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made! The downside of my husband having a job immediately as he touched down and me getting one not too long after is that we didn't get time to be "tourists" in our new city. Our schedules vary, so we don't have days off together either (I get Sat/Sun off and he gets Tues/Wed) which has made me try to fit all my work in before he comes home so we can spend what little time we do have together together and without any distractions.
It goes without saying Sydney is incredible! I’ve definitely been getting snap happy, taking photos of every beautiful sight I see, but I’ve been feeling extremely lucky for this opportunity and want to soak in every single minute. From the parks to museums to the restaurants and culture, there’s SO much to do, explore and see! I’ve given myself a little leeway to get reacquainted with the city, revisiting some of my favorite areas and discovering new ones, but now that this huge move is behind me and the future is bright ahead, I’m excited to dive back into this blog, now with a change of scenery!
What February has in store...
St. George Open Air Cinema
This has been on my bucket list to go to since I found out about it and Josh and I snagged tickets to go see "The Post" here later on in the month. LOOK AT THIS VIEW - a captivating panoramic view of Sydney Harbour.
Sydney Opera House
We stopped by the other day and saw that February in the Opera House was filled to the brim with goodies! We've decided to dress up and go see, "Dramatic Mozart: A Mozart Celebration." Both Josh and I were band kids and therefore have an appreciation for classical music, especially Mozart. We're excited to listen to the Don Giovanni overture, Symphony No.40 in G minor, the great D minor piano concerto (K466) and more! Now to find a dress (since all my nice ones are still in quarantine, sigh)...
There two things Josh and I always go to see when we are in a new city: their aquariums and their museums. I've been to multiple Sydney aquariums now (I have to take Josh!) and Josh has been to the Australian museum before he started his job. He'll be showing me around very soon and I am so excited because his sneak peeks were tempting enough to leave New Zealand a bit earlier (I didn't leave earlier)! I'm obviously very keen to see their marine section.
While we don't have a set of wheels yet (and probably won't for a while), we want to rent out a 4x4 wheel vehicle and explore the Blue Mountains. Where we live you can see the outline of the mountains and it's such a beautiful sight to see when the sun is rising/setting (i.e. when I'm on the bus to/from work and can see them). We would love to take a day trip and do a hike or two -- even bring the binoculars! We're fascinated with the wildlife here, especially the birds, and can't wait to learn more about them (the zoo did a great job in giving us a taste of the diversity in Australia).
Thank you so much for all of the love and support during this move from New Zealand to Australia!
I’ll be sharing more life updates every so often and lots of snaps from my day to day life over on Twitter, too.
Do you have any recommendations on what we should do in February? What about March?
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