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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, December 19, 2010


So December and all its frivolities is over! As much as i enjoy the festive season (which also includes my birthday) it just hasn't been the same without the cold and this year snowy weather back home and of course all my friends and family. Christmas day for me included a beachside picnic at Coogee, drinking in an irish pub on boxing day, BBQ on my birthday and a sailing trip on New Years Eve. With a few beach trips in-between work!

I have been working for the past month at a publications office, i've grown very fond off my new work colleagues. I think I could probably call them average australian men of a certain older age; very friendly, full of stories and pride for their country. I've learnt allot and had some fun times working. I plan to stay in Sydney until February when my lease will finish and than i shall be heading to Tasmania to do fruit picking, likely cherries or apples.

My boss Steve is a big horse racing fan. He may just spend every weekend at the local races, as well as owning several racing horses. I understand that a day out at the races is very popular in Australia, particularly for 18 year olds birthday celebrations! I decided; a stay in Sydney would need to include a race day, Steve being a member got us discount tickets. I welcomed the rare opportunity to dress up and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Friends have come and gone, this happens allot when travelling. Everyone has different plans and ideas which don't always fit into the same schedule. I was fortunate enough to have my original travel companion, Caitlin, to spend christmas Day with. We had a lovely picnic in the park at Coogee Beach. I had never imagined how busy the place would be. Crowds of fellow homesick Brits (mainly Irish)barbequing, drinking and enjoying the sun, it was a surreal scene. There was a sea of santa hats placed on scantily clad bodies, temperatures of 27 degrees and not a cloud to be seen. Boxing day was allot of fun, i met up with some people i had met at the hostel and enjoyed live christmas music at the local irish pub, "Scruffy Murphies".

On the 29th December i celebrating my 23rd birthday by having a barbeque in my flats communal gardens, than heading out in the evening to explore a recommended suburb of Sydney called Newtown. The area has got a slightly alternative scene attracting allot of students. The main street, Kings Street, is filled with pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Than on New Years Eve i was invited very last minute on a sailing boat to enjoy the fireworks. My American friend, Calli, had made a contact worth keeping! The boat held 9 people, all different nationalities. We sat back with a few beers and enjoyed having the best seat and views in the harbour.

I am finding it all too easy to settle into the "working for the weekend" mentality. Sydney is one of my favourite cities in the world but as a backpacker it is sucking my money away on nights out and materialistic objects that should not be included on my agenda! So my new years resolution is to make the most of each week, wherever i am by doing something new and cultured at least every week...........
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emilyhayes on

Hey, shall i add you to my address book? I email my contacts when i have completed a new entry.

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