Hello everybody and happy new year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to 2017 and have a ton of exciting things planned for the year ahead. Within the next few days I’ll be publishing my New Year’s resolutions post, which is currently sat waiting to be edited, so keep an eye out for that!
Last week I finally bought the Canon Powershot G7X Mark ii which means I can start vlogging again, so what better way to kickstart the new year than to document New Year’s Eve in Sydney! I don’t want to go into too much detail about it because it’s all in the video, but it was such a good day/night and if you’re ever travelling Australia around this time you should head to Sydney for NYE, it certainly won’t disappoint! So without further ado, check out the vlog here!
Until next time,
Hello hello! Seen as we’re still only a few days into December I still have time to make a list of a few things I want to do this month and try to get through them all. Whilst I’m writing this there’s a huge thunder and lightning storm going on outside and I think every British traveler in the hostel is rejoicing because now it feels more Christmassy, even if it is for just one day. Anyway, on with my December bucket list!
See the Christmas tree light show at Martin Place.
The light show at Martin Place is on every night so I’ll be able to do this one at any time before the 25th. They had a big switch on show at the end of November but I was working so didn’t get to go, but I’ve seen the tree in the daytime and you can send a text message to it and get it featured on the banner that wraps around the tree. They have a choir performing every night along with the light show and a cafe serving hot food and drinks so it should be a lovely night.
Bake festive cookies or mince pies.
Helen and I are using the oven in her house to bake this week but we’ve not decided what we’re actually going to make yet. There’s plenty of time to try out a load of different treats but it’s difficult to narrow it down to a select few considering there are so many amazing looking recipes on Pinterest.
Have a BBQ on the beach wearing a Santa hat.
This seems very specific but it’s a tradition every year here that around Christmas you go to the beach all wearing Santa hats and have a classic Aussie BBQ. I don’t plan on skipping over this tradition as it’s something I’d really like to experience while I’m here and really get into the Aussie way of life.
Go ice skating.
That I know of there are no outdoor ice rinks in the city, however Maya and I had a quick look online and found just a normal, indoor rink in Alexandria near to where we went trampolining. It’s only a few stops away on the train so to remind us what the cold actually feels like we’re planning on going ice skating within the next week or so.
Watch a Christmas film at an open air cinema
Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema has just released its Christmas schedule, with films like Elf, Love Actually, and Footloose being shown over the next few weeks. They’re even giving out free tubs of ice cream at every Sunday viewing! I’ve always wanted to go to an outdoor cinema so now seems like the perfect opportunity, especially because they’re showing Christmas movies.
Watch the fireworks at Darling Harbour.
Three months I’ve been in Sydney now and I’ve still not seen the Darling Harbour fireworks! They’re usually on every Saturday so my cousin and I planned to go on the 5th of November to celebrate Bonfire Night, but when we got there we found out they were cancelled which was pretty frustrating. That I know of they’re showing on specific dates from now until January 28th, so my next Saturday off work I’m going to head down to the harbour and finally watch them.
I’m sure I’ll think of a load of other things I want to do before Christmas, but for now these six are at the top of my list. I’ll do a review post when I tick each one of the list, so already that’s six days of Blogmas planned out!