Month: April 2018

The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria is a coffee roastery, café and garden in a suburb named Alexandria. Every weekend there is a market with weekly alternating stallholders with new local producers that sell food, beverages, skin care, gifts and homewares. Today I visited the market with my friends and we spend the day there. The location is lovely and the atmosphere was super nice.

Surfing in Manly

One thing that has been on my bucket list since the start was to go surfing in Manly. It is very cliché because Manly is one of the most well-known beaches around Sydney and very touristic but I think since I am living here for a year I can‘t leave without doing it once.

The surf forecast seemed pretty good for Monday so my friends Lara and Caroline and me took the train to Circular Quay and from there the ferry that goes to Manly. We rented boards in a surfshop next to the beach and went surfing for two hours. The surf was better than I expected and we really enjoyed it.


Since those are my last holidays here there are a lot of places I planned to visit and a lot of points of my bucket list I want to accomplish. Yesterday I got up at 5:15 because my friends and me decided to go up to Newcastle which is in the North of Sydney and a four hour train ride away. We arrived at 10 to spend the whole day there. Newcastle has wonderful beaches and many parts reminded me a lot of England.

We arrived at Newcastle Beach and then did the coastal walk which had a beautiful view on the sea and at one point we saw some dolphins jumping with the waves. Later on it went over into the Memorial Walk which is a bridge with men sculptures that remember the soldiers of the First World War.

Later on we walked along the Darby Street which has some cute little cafes and shops. And afterwards we decided to go back up to visit Nobbys beach and to do the walk up to the lighthouse.

Surfing in ‘Nulla

Since I started surfing in July last year the only photos I ever took while surfing were from my first lesson. This Saturday Luce got up early with Lara and me to take photos of us while surfing. We had high tide and the water was just going back to low tide again so there weren’t a lot of waves but the ones we had were pretty good for surfing! ??‍♀️

Concert in the Opera House

Together with the Harbour Bridge the Opera House is the most well-known sight in Sydney. But most of the time you only get to see it from outside so this Friday some friends and me went inside to watch a concert. That evening Beethoven was on and we were very lucky to get tickets and seats with a very good view!

Easter in Avalon

For Easter my friend Lara and me went up North to spend the weekend in Avalon with our friends Libby and Andrew. They live in a beautiful house five minutes walk away from the beach and offered Lara and me to stay in a cute little shed in their garden. We spend a lovely weekend. In the morning we went for a short swim at Bilgola beach, we discovered Avalon village which has lovely shops and watched the beautiful sunset. Saturday we took the ferry at the Palm Beach Wharf to visit a place called the Basin which is a beach campground located by the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. We spend a nice day there with a lovely picknick and on the way back on a recommendation from Andrew we shortly stopped by at beach called Mackerel beach which was amazingly beautiful.

Avalon Beach The lovely shed we stayed in 🙂 With Libby and AndrewBilgola Beach where we took our morning swim ?‍♂️ Mackerel Beach