Autumn in Sydney

Sydney April252013With a week to go until ‘lift off’, I have been thinking about my city in a different light. I’ve been running errands around the place, catching up with friends and getting the final documents in order for our trip, all the while enjoying the fabulous city that is Sydney.

Sydney has the best Autumn weather. The sun is so warm while the air is crisp and the sky is a jeweled blue. I have driven across the Harbour Bridge at least six times this week and I never tire of the view of the city and the water.

I guess that the allure of traveling is the discovery of new places and new customs. I know that I’m looking forward to the surprises that we’ll find in the cities that we go to. I can’t wait to see the mega cities of China and immerse myself in their traditions (and copious amounts of food…!) but I also feel a pang of sadness for the Sydney that I will leave behind. There is nothing quite like knowing a place like the back of your hand.

What do you love about Sydney?

Post Secret

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The Enmore Theatre 16/04/13

Tonight I saw Frank Warren, of Post Secret, speak to an audience about the invisible network of secrets that connects us. His blog, postsecret.blogspot.com, is one of the most visited blogs on the internet and has started a movement of sharing, revealing and healing our deepest and darkest secrets.

I have been visiting postsecret online every Sunday for at least the past 6 years. On Sunday, Frank posts new postcards that have been sent during the week and I always look forward to the postcards that are put up. Some are funny, some are moving, some are truly heartbreaking but they show us that we are all vulnerable.

Frank’s talk was amazing. He is part psychologist, part therapist, part motivational speaker! Something that really stuck with me was how open he was about his own struggles and the reason why his small project has become a world-wide movement. His idea was very simple and he started small – blank postcards asking you to share a secret – that struck a chord with millions. It has allowed us to look at our collective fears and struggles.

I think what Frank has done is so inspiring. He is asking us to make connections, meaningful links, with strangers. Frank and his postcards have changed lives.

While I don’t think I’ll be changing lives on my journey, I know that I am looking for those meaningful connections.

When I was in Rome on a family holiday in 2000, I remember visiting the Colosseum. It stands there so tall and proud, a tribute to the people who built it. As I placed my hands on the bricks of the beautiful building, it seemed unbelievable that someone had once stood there thousands and thousands of years ago, touching the bricks as I was. I felt like this connection between past and present was so profound because it made me appreciate the beauty of things that have been seen by humans for centuries, and then understand how important the things that are not seen, like relationships and families, are to us because they are an experience unique to us as individuals.

It’s not a secret anymore, but this trip will be the start of something truly amazing. Now I just have to open my heart, roll with the punches, go with the flow and wait patiently for lift off to arrive.

Perth

I attempted flee the cold and miserable weather of Sydney to catch rays of sun in WA. I scrambled to Perth to visit my brother, Nick, who has moved to the other side of Australia for work. While I was so happy to see Nick, that sunshine that was so cruelly promised to me in July, totally avoided me until the very last day!

The city of Perth is quite small and very different to Sydney. I must admit that Sydney is uptight compared to beautiful, laid-back Perth. On the first day that I was there, Nick and his gorgeous girlfriend Amanda, took me to Swan Valley – a fantastic place with wineries and restaurants galore! IMG_0928

While my body wasn’t warmed by the sun, it was certainly nourished by all of the amazing food! The cafes and restaurants in Perth are fantastic, and most of them have fantastic views to boot:

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Nick’s new town sure is beautiful! I really loved spending time in Perth and I think it would be a great place to live. It’s young, relaxed and it’s just a great place to take a break. Watch out Nick, I’ll keep coming back!!

IMG_0664A ‘died and gone to heaven’ breakfast with eggs, smoked trout and caramelised leeks!

Escaping the cold

This year, Sydney’s winter has been cold, wet and dreary. The chill has crept in to my bones and I’ve been miserable! What better way to solve this problem than leaving town for a short getaway…

My brother has moved across the country to Perth. Checking their weather forcast last week, Perth was “Fine, sunny and 24degreesCelcius”. Much better than Sydney’s “Wet, chance of thunderstorm and 13degrees”. So naturally I’ve booked a flight to see my brother and check out his new home.

It will only be a brief visit, but four days should be enough time to check out the city and some of it’s funky restaurants and bars.

Fingers crossed the weather will stay warm and lovely!!!