Hello from the other side of the world!!!
I cannot believe my little family has been in Australia for over a month. It almost feels longer than that, but at the same time, I feel like the weeks are flying by + there is still so much I want to do (and eat). Australia has some of the best food I have ever had!! Everything is so fresh, the fish + seafood options are amazing, and I cannot even get started on the desserts. If you follow me on instagram, my stories have been covered with all the goodies we have been eating!
The very first week we were here was spent getting settled, adjusting to the time schedule, + trying to grasp the area as best we could. Weston has been to Australia before, but he had never really dissected each little neighborhood like we had planned to. After being here for five weeks, I can definitely say we have seen SO much of Sydney. We have been walking an average of 5-7 miles a day, while usually wearing/pushing one of the kids each. We wanted to cover as much ground as we could, as well as give us an excuse for a couple extra desserts a day :)
Some of the major areas we have covered in Sydney + that I find worthy of traveling to, if you get the chance: Manly Beach, Bondi and Watson's Bay, which all showcase Sydney's unique beach scene. Lesser known hubs we loved were Balmain, an old industrial neighborhood one ferry stop from downtown; Newtown, home to every type of cuisine you can handle + world class cronuts (worth every calorie); and Parramatta, Weston's home when he spent a summer here a decade ago, where everything from Lebanese to Vietnamese food lines Church St. Two cuisines I didn't know I LOVED.
Sydney is one of the world's spectacular cities, but it can get a bad rap...sometimes from it's own locals. It's so big and so diverse that you aren't going to get a quaint feeling. But spread across the world's most iconic Harbor city are 800+ neighborhoods full of delicious coffee, international cuisine and way more shopping than anyone has money for. That is exactly why we tried to take it one neighborhood by day. So we could really enjoy it for its beauty + not get too overwhelmed. If you know me, you know I prefer a cute shopping street + a cozy coffee shop over a big city any day! And maybe the best part of Sydney is that often the best way to get from point A to point B is actually by water ferry, which is a major part of local transit. It also helps that the kids have lovvvved taking the ferry. Taxis not so much. Plus, the taxi drivers don't love us. They repeatedly ask if our kids can sit still :)
Thanks for checking in! Working on a few more lists + tips of places we have been!