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April 30, 2015

Sydney noir

"This feels very film noir," Jenny mentioned as we were slightly lost in The Rocks last night, which is why these are in black and white. It makes the Opera House look a bit like an ominous lurking character.

I'm glorying in the rain we've been having. It makes everything feel atmospheric and I like the way it makes the ground reflect the lights at night. I walk home in the dark, wearing my trench coat and pretending I'm a detective. Not sure if I should be sharing that online...

April 26, 2015

Change of scene

On Friday afternoon I decided to drive down to the beach and go running along the bike/walking path there. It made for a nice change, and was definitely easier on the eyes than my usual route through the neighbourhood. It's too much of a bother to do this every time I want to squeeze in a run, but if I have a spare afternoon I'll make the effort. I do like listening to the sound of the waves as I do my cool down walk!

April 23, 2015

Weekend chill

UNIQLO t-shirt / Just Jeans jeans / Saltwater sandals.

Just an outfit from last Saturday, for a weekly study session. Since nowadays I have to look presentable on clinical placement Monday to Friday, I like to give my casual clothes some love on the weekends. I definitely could not have worn this outfit in the past few days though - Sydney's just been battered by a huge storm. Hope everyone around here got through unscathed!

April 19, 2015

Cheese & Wine Room

I've never actually been in the GPO before - it's that big fancy building on the corner of Martin Place and George St, with all the swanky-looking restaurants on the outside. There are also swanky restaurants inside it, one of them being the GPO Cheese and Wine Room. I love cheese, and since going to the Hunter Valley last year I've developed a taste for wine, so I rounded some people up for the first of my birthday get-togethers, and ordered way too much food (but only split one bottle of wine because we are poor).

The truffle cheese board - the hard cheese was so good.

The truffle cheese fondue.

I was my usual classy self and went for mac and cheese...

... which was all right, a bit dry. That's what the wine is for, right, to wash things down?

Making this post is has me salivating, I would totally go again for the truffley cheesey things and more wine. If you're looking for it, go downstairs to the food court and follow the signs (it's kind of tucked out of sight).

April 16, 2015

Pebbly Beach

A short one for the last of the roadtrip posts. On our drive back to Sydney, we stopped by Pebbly Beach, which is mostly famous for its resident population of kangaroos.

The most Australian photo ever posted on this blog?

They are everywhere, they don't seem to be afraid of humans but if you get too close they'll lazily hop away.

We then did a short walk...

And ended up at this beach. I'm not sure what it's called.

This beach is actually pebbly instead of sandy. I don't think I've ever been on a pebble beach before.

Would it hurt to be dumped by waves onto pebbles?

One last look before heading back.

April 12, 2015

Bateman's Bay

The second day of our roadtrip was spent around the Bateman's Bay area. We woke to the sound of pouring rain, which we didn't look great, but it stopped while we were eating breakfast. We took it as a sign to take advantage of the great outdoors and decided on a likely sounding trail - the Banksia Walk at Burrewarra point.

I guess the cloudy day made for interesting lighting.

Banksias look super weird to me, they look like little furry animals when they're not in full colour.

Lots of good views of the water from this walk.

I don't remember which beach this was.

After all that fresh sea air we went for some lunch in Bateman's Bay proper. What else but fish and chips?

After that, Wai Lam decided she still had room for oysters. We drove over the bridge to a small place where they grow their own oysters and she proceeded to polish off 12 in one sitting while I looked on, horrified. I have lots of photos of her looking maniacal with her oysters but I don't want to scare people away.

Another lookout before we headed back to our accommodation for a nap, catching up on some work, and dinner.

April 10, 2015

Grand Pacific Drive

On Tuesday we set off for our mini-road trip down to Bateman's Bay. We took the Grand Pacific Drive, which is the scenic route that winds through the main attractions and towns along the coast.

You start off going through the Royal National Park. This is the view from Governer's Game Lookout.

Garie Beach, where I couldn't resist taking off my shoes.

Views along the way.

Wai Lam pointed out that this looked like the top of a brownie and I can't unsee it now.

Made it to Wollongong and got some classic ice-cream truck ice creams.

Wollongong's the third largest city in NSW but it doesn't seem that big. A chunk of it seems to be industrial.

We turned around to see clouds creeping in. Didn't look too good.

The pelicans agreed.

After a view of the other light house, we got back on the road just before the rain started pouring down.

Kiama Blowhole. It's basically a hole in some rock on the shore and when a wave comes in a certain way sometimes the water blows up. It was pouring rain and even in the storm I had to wait a bit before seeing a good big one.

We drove on through the rain to Hyam Beach in Jervis Bay. It's a famous white sand beach, but unfortunately it was still pouring so the sand was damp and just looked like normal sand.

It was strangely eerie, though.

Hope! In the form of a patch of blue sky.

We retired to the car for a snack break and returned for another peek when it stopped raining.

After we left Hyam Beach we ended up stuck in a traffic standstill for about an hour and a half on the Princes Highway because of an earlier accident. So that was all the exploring that was done for that day before we (finally) got to Bateman's Bay. More pictures to come!

April 7, 2015

Eating everywhere

I've been eating out a bit too much lately. Spending $20 on brunch and $8 on ice cream... so much for saving up.

Waited too long for a mediocre breakfast at Blacksmith.

My love for Hot Star chicken has no boundaries. It's just. So. Delicious. Just be careful on windy days cause you don't want that chilli powder flying into your eyes (not that it happened to me...)

Finally tried the gelato at Cow and the Moon, which was named the world's best gelato makers last year. I feel like once you hit a certain level of gelato deliciousness, it plateaus and I can't really tell the difference anymore.

In Newtown and YY had a sudden craving for a cheese board so we ended up at Corridor.

Breakfast before a study session. I don't know why we bother with fancy brunch places because a Maccas breakfast hits the spot every time. They need to start doing all-day breakfast.

Back to fancy brunch, ended up at Mad Spuds as a last resort Surry Hills. I got cheese-covered potato skins with breakfast so I guess I wasn't complaining.

Back at Arisun for Korean fried chicken. Two shots of the soju and I was out of it (blame Debs).

N2 always reels me in with their ice cream constructions - this was a s'mores inspired one, chocolate gelato and marshmallows with a graham cracker, torched meringue top and a chocolate syringe... my lactose intolerant intestines were not pleased with me afterwards.

Easter break! Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekends. As I did ask for in the last post, the weather has turned cold and rainy which I like, but I'm hoping for some sunshine for my roadtrip over the next three days so I can be back with some nice photos!