BLOGMAS DAY 20: DARLING HARBOUR FIREWORKS

Hello and welcome to Blogmas day 20! In my December Bucket List post I mentioned that I really wanted to go and watch the fireworks down at Darling Harbour before Christmas. Last night I finally got to tick that off the list as Maya and I took a walk around Sydney to see the Christmas lights and ended the night at the firework display.

On the way to Darling Harbour we stopped off at the Queen Victoria building to admire the Swarovski tree which was spectacular. It stood through the middle of three floors and had crystals and lights hanging from its branches. Afterwards we walked past Bloch and I got so excited because yesterday I watched a video of their pointe shoes Christmas tree but didn’t even realise it was the Sydney store, so imagine my excitement when we walked by and there it was!

The fireworks at the harbour only lasted 10 minutes or so but they were wonderful and as they’re on every night until the 24th I’ll probably end up going to watch them again. Plus I’d take any excuse to buy an ice cream and sit along the calm waterfront again. The whole night made me super excited for the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks at Circular Quay which I’m sure will be stunning, and yes I will be writing a post on those too.

Until tomorrow,

Liv

xo

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BLOGMAS DAY 12: STAFF BOAT PARTY SHENANIGANS


Hello hello and welcome to Blogmas day 12! Last night was the Wake Up staff Christmas party, and what better way to celebrate than on a boat!? I was sober pretty much the whole night because I’m not a big drinker but my goodness I’m feeling exhausted today. 12 hours of being out in the sun and partying really takes it out of you.

We started at 1pm in Roy’s cafe until a private bus took us to King Street Brewhouse in Darling Harbour. This is where I started to feel light-headed because of the heat so I stopped drinking, but everyone else was starting to get quite merry which was a great sight to see. At 4 our boat arrived and we boarded. I’ve never been on a private boat before so I felt proper fancy and the staff were so lovely. It was free alcohol the whole time we were on there and a DJ played inside the lower level. We cruised out of Darling Harbour, under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House, up to a secluded beach in North Sydney, and bearing in mind we were on the boat for around 2 hours before we docked it was safe to say most people were already steaming by the time we got there. 

Getting off the boat with a load of inflatable unicorns and rafts was interesting to say the least, the parents on the beach looked a bit baffled but the kids ended up playing with the inflatable raft so at least they were content. My personal favourite was the inflatable unicorns, which were like the swans I always see on the YouTube summer parties and luxury instagram pages so I was really in my element at that point. Oh and did I mention FREE PIZZA? Free Dominos is the way to my heart and there was enough to feed us three times over, so thanks Dave and Dev!

After a few too many slices of pizza and a game of cricket we boarded the boat and made our way back to Darling Harbour. By this point you could see how drunk people were and I’m surprised no one fell overboard (here’s looking at you, Tiemen)… The two hour journey back was filled with music, drinking and a lot of bad singing, if you can even call it singing. I don’t have any photos from after we got off the boat but we went to Cargo and ended up back at Side Bar. 

It was such a great night and I’m so glad I get to live and work with these lot, they’ve really made my time in Sydney a memorable experience and I’m going to be so lost without them when I eventually leave Australia (if I leave, that is). Hope you all enjoy my collection of favourite photos from the day! Most were taken on my Go Pro but some were from other people’s cameras and phones so apologies that they’re all different sizes and filters.









Much love,

Wake Up Family

xo

BLOGMAS DAY 2: DECORATING MY CAVE


Day 2 of blogmas and I’m still going strong. Albeit I’ve got 23 days to go but it’s a hopeful start. The title of this post seems a bit strange, the words “decorating” and “cave” in the same sentence isn’t something you see every day. I’m going to assume that every traveller knows what I mean by this, but for those of you who don’t know or if it’s only something that people at Wake Up do, I’ll explain. If you have a bottom bunk in the hostel you can drape a sheet the whole way around it to give yourself some privacy and not get woken up by light in the morning. Another bonus is that if you clip two lanyards from the roof of the bunk you can make your own little cinema by placing your phone or iPad through the loops.


I was going to vlog decorating the bunk but my phone keeps running out of storage and I’m yet to buy the camera I want, so a blog post with low quality photos will have to do for now. Maya and I made a trip to Dollar King yesterday and I bought some fairy lights, tinsel, and snowflake decorations. Also, before I came to Australia I packed some old photos I had from my first and second year of uni, and at some point I’ll print a few third year photos to stick up too.


To decorate my little space I stuck the battery box of the fairy lights to my light box and twisted them around the ladder at the head of my bed. Where they left off I used tinsel decorate the opposite post and stretched it all along the top of my bed, so you can see it hanging down from outside the bed. Where the light box shines down the wall I stuck the pictures up, which I think adds a really nice touch along with the snowflakes along the walls. Watching a film with just the fairy lights on felt so cosy last night, all I needed was a packet of Tim Tams and it would’ve been perfect.



Being in a hostel for Christmas might not sound great, but spending it with my Wake Up family and having my own little decorated space will make it feel more homely and I’m sure it’s going to be great. Plus we’ll be sat on a beach to celebrate whilst everyone back home freezes their asses off. Sorry, not sorry.

Until tomorrow guys,

Liv

xo

PHOTO DIARY: START OF SUMMER

Hello hello! I know I’ve not posted anything since September, but between exploring Sydney, looking for day jobs, working, and applying for Masters degrees I’ve found it difficult to dedicate enough time to just sit down and write. Hopefully this post will be the kick up the ass I need to start blogging regularly, especially now that it’s nearly Christmas (yay blogmas)!

This post is just a little collection of photos of Emma’s pool party in celebration of her birthday and sponsorship to stay in Australia. All photos were taken on a Go Pro Hero+ by taking stills from videos I took throughout the day. The weather was boiling hot and I feel so lucky to be able to have these experiences and spend them with people who I now consider my second family.

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

So I’m finally publishing my first blog post at what seems like the best time considering I’ve just started my gap year. I’ve been in Australia for a week now and it’s only just starting to sink in that I’m so far away from home. As my jetlag is only just dissipating I’ve not done as much over the past week, but I might as well document the main thing that I did do. Also I swear there is a white ‘m’ on that photo above, my cousin can spell.

The Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. If you want a good form of exercise that comes with a view then this is exactly how to get it in Sydney. It starts from Coogee beach and passes through Clovelly, Bronte, and Tamarama, concluding with the famous Bondi beach. The walk itself is nearly 4 miles one-way but it felt a lot further and way more exerting because of the walks up to the cliffs, stairs to climb up, rocks to climb over, and the fact that it’s not a straight path. By the time I got to Tamarama beach I was ready to ask a passer-by to give me a piggy back ride the rest of the way. Every beach was so beautiful and it was great walking on white sand and looking out to clear blue sea rather than the murky brown sea like back home.


 I’m moving into a hostel at Bondi Beach tomorrow so it’s definitely going to be something I do often while I stay in Sydney, although I’ll most likely shorten it to only walk from Bondi to Bronte and back. 

I’m super excited to move into a hostel and start meeting other travelers, and I can finally surf here as the place I’ll be staying at is just across the road from the beach. It’ll be nice not to feel like I’m about to develop pneumonia whenever I go in the sea like I nearly did back home (lesson learned: don’t surf in the UK in November when it’s snowing).

So for now I’ll leave it there but I’ll keep updating when I get the chance and hopefully readers will enjoy my little travel blog and inspire some of their own adventures too!


 

Until next time, 

Liv xo