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April 22, 2014

Good Friday for a bike ride

Hope everyone had a good long weekend! We had some glorious weather (didn't feel like autumn at all), so to start the weekend off I decided to cycle down to the nearest beach on my new bicycle.


Perfect skies, not too hot.


First got my energy up with breakfast - first time I've scrambled eggs (I know) and I was shocked at how easy it is. I've been constantly craving scrambled eggs since, might make some again tomorrow morning...


Put on some what I thought were sensible clothes. I found out that denim shorts aren't the greatest cause they ride up and I kept having to awkwardly adjust them. I might stick to leggings and gym shorts and bring out the dresses when I can get on/off more gracefully.


Complete with dorky helmet (which is a legal requirement here).


Cycled down to Ramsgate beach. I was apprehensive as to whether I could make it - Google maps told me 13 minutes, I think it took me about 20.


Looking south, Dolls Point is that way. I decided to cycle in the opposite direction.


Obligatory bicycle with backdrop picture. It proceeded to tip over the second after I took this... so graceful.


Should've pulled up some of the flowers off these weeds and decorated my basket, haha.


You can see the city skyline from here.


I cycled up to Brighton-le-sands, where the shared bike/pedestrian path got a bit too clogged with people.


A pretty bird, not sure what it's called!


I went back the way I came from.


Picked up what I felt was a well-deserved burger on the way home, and ate it while re-watching that week's episode of Game of Thrones.

Sometime I'll ride down the opposite way to Dolls Point. I'm really liking this biking for leisure thing! In my last post, some of my fellow Sydneysiders mentioned that our city and its suburbs aren't very cycle friendly, and it's true - there are no bike lanes where I live. In NSW it's actually law that you're not supposed to ride on the footpath if you're older than 12, but I've been flouting this (obviously not being an asshole and giving pedestrians right of way etc.). There's no way I'm going to go cycle with the cars on this bike, drivers here are notoriously rude and sometimes I'm afraid when I'm also driving. So yeah, I'd rather risk a $55 fine than being hit by a car.

April 19, 2014

New wheels

Presenting my new baby, this bicycle my dad got me as a birthday present. I think he was more enthusiastic about getting me a bike than I was about wanting it - and I love it lots. It's from Reid Cycles, which I think does the cheapest vintage-style bike around here. It's a beautiful dark green (less blue than in this picture), such a good bicycle colour (in my opinion).


Currently I'm not using it to commute anywhere, so it's just going to be my corner store/post office/lunch run transport. I did take it out for a leisurely cycle down the beach yesterday, but I took a load of photos from that so it'll be a whole other post!

April 18, 2014

21

Monday was my 21st birthday, so I rounded up some friends and we went to eat and karaoke at Mizuya. I wouldn't count Japanese food as one of my favourites but I like how you can have a room and order food off a screen (don't even have to interact!). Somehow I always do karaoke for my birthday, it's just feels like a good birthday-ish activity to do.


Test tube shots... the strength of which I'm doubtful of.


We all had our coats on to begin with because it was freezing in there!





The unusual number of pictures of me in this post (sorry) are thanks to Wai Lam and Carrie who took over my camera for a bit.


Didn't get many pictures of food but here are some little chocolate mousses.

I've been meaning to post more, I've been taking and editing pictures and everything but there's always a block when it comes to writing it up! I have a bit of a backlog now, which I will work through. Have an awesome (long long) weekend! I finally finished off that paper I'd been working on and I'm going to force myself to make the most of a bit of temporary freedom.

April 10, 2014

Edinburgh

Well I have certainly managed to drag the Europe trip posts out. This is the last one (phew), from Edinburgh, before we left in early January. I didn't get many pictures, because on one of the days I forgot to put the battery back into my camera after charging it (oww). It's very pretty city, and felt very small especially after London. We spent two and a half days there (half a day was spent drying off after a morning of particularly horrible weather), and we saw most tourist type things. We actually took the sleeper train up from London, and I got so many kicks from sleeping in a bunk on a train. Wai Lam, who had become sick, was less impressed.



Bathroom in The Elephant Cafe, one of the cafes in which JK Rowling worked on the first Harry Potter book. The HP-related graffiti is awesome, the toilet seat had "Ministry of Magic" written on it.


Victoria St, which apparently inspired Diagon Alley.



Greyfriar's Kirkyard.


J.K. Rowling took inspiration from some of the names on the gravestones, like Thomas Riddell's.


Edinburgh Castle.




Because Edinburgh is built on hills, there are a lot of small staired lanes to link the streets at different heights - I loved them.


View of the city from Calton Hill.


On our last day, because it had stopped raining, we thought we'd conquer Arthur's Seat.


View of the city from somewhere near the top.



It was really, really big - you can't get a good sense of scale from this photo.

Well that was a marathon of travel posts! I haven't even posted anything from my trip to China yet - might save those for a rainy day, or when I'm away again... e.g. in July, when I'm going to New Zealand! Woohoo, roadtrip! We're there for a short while, only 9 days actually, because we had to sync up all our break dates. But it's only 3 hours away, not like the US/Europe where you want to make the most of a 24 hour flight. Super excited because this will be different and more about natural scenery, like fjords and glaciers (and Hobbiton, at my friend's insistence).