Happy summer for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! I’ve just reached my eighth month living in Australia (minus one of travel back to the US), and more than half of the time felt like an endless summer! While I do thrive in the warmth of the sunshine, I have to say that the approaching Aussie winter is quite refreshing. The air is crisp and the leaves are changing-- I didn’t know I’d get the pleasure of a gorgeous autumn like this!
I just arrived back to Australia after one month home in the states-- three weeks in New York and one in Arizona. I luckily caught springtime at its height; the flowers in my mom’s beautiful garden were in full bloom, and the humid suffocating summer heat in the NYC subway hadn’t quite yet arrived. It was really lovely to visit with my friends and family, but by the end of the trip I really was itching to get back to my life in Sydney.
The end of summer in Sydney was a glorious one. My kids were on a couple weeks of school holidays, so we spent our time up at our new house in Palm Beach. There’s no better place to rise in the morning and fall asleep in the evening than with the view and sounds of the ocean. The weeks were full of morning runs on the sand, heaps of playdates, and cozy dinners. On the weekends, my friends would come join us at the beach and we’d hike up to the Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse, splash in the surf, and soak up that last bit of summer sun. Not going to lie-- I was definitely at the peak of my fitness while living up at the beach. Now I understand why people love it so much.
On the weekends when my friends wouldn’t come up to the beach, I’d go down into the city and stay with them, as the 1.5 hour bus commute wasn’t ideal (though quite simple, thanks to NSW Sydney Public Transport). My best mates live right near the University of Sydney, so we’ve been spending lots of time hanging out and exploring new restaurants and cafes in the area. You can always catch us on a Saturday afternoon at the Glebe Markets, a great spot to grab a bite to eat from one of the many vendors, shop for thrifty finds, and/or pop down in the grass for some live music.
I’m still recovering a bit from my travels home and have been lying low since arriving back in Sydney. Spending my free time at cafes and fitness classes, evenings with mates at the pub. The State of Origin Rugby League games have just begun (I’m learning heaps about aussie sports), and New South Wales won the first game so far. Only two to go . . . let’s go Blues!