Fun Day Trips Out of Sydney

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Stanwell Tops

My favourite thing about Sydney is that there are so many things to see that are only just a day trip from the city. There are so many beaches along the coast to visit and the Blue Mountains are less than a two-hour drive away.

Jervis Bay

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Hyams Beach

A great day trip out of the city is Jervis Bay and Hyams Beach. Hyams Beach is considered the whitest beach in the world. It’s about a three-hour drive from Sydney and we took a leisurely drive down stopping at several spots. Starting quite early in the morning our first pit stop was Stanwell Tops (first picture above). If you need to sort out any reminder of how beautiful Australia is Stanwell Tops is ideal. The view was stunning! We sat for a good ten minutes and I went to go get an affogato at the local ice cream truck. The picture explains it all really. The next stop was the Cathedral Rocks in Kiama Downs. We decided to do a bit more exploring here climbing the rocks and walking around the area.  It was a beautiful sunny day so wanted to take advantage of the weather.  Do watch the water as the waves can get quite big around the area.  Our feet were pretty soaked after walking on the rocks.

Or last pit stop before Jervis Bay was the Kiama Blowhole.  It was a bit underwhelming and there were heaps of people. However, it was a good time to get lunch. We ate at the Neptune Café as the Wharf Restaurant had a line out of the door. I got a really good burger. They have gluten free options and as a person allergic to wheat this is always ideal. I loved the quirky décor of the café.

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Kiama Blowhole

After a solid lunch we were off to our final destination, Jervis Bay. We stopped to get food to have a dinner bbq when we arrived at camp. Then we jetted off to make camp. I would defo suggest going camping for a night at least like we did. It was super convenient and close to the Hyams Beach. Also, it was reasonably cheap which is hard to come by in Australia.

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BBQ

We had an amazing group bbq and talked. It was a great night of beers, talking, and dance parties at the beach.

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Hyams Beach

The next day we spent at Hyams Beach and truly the sand is so white. The water was a bit too cold for me so I think I spent a total of five minutes in it. We only stayed a night but you could definitely do two if you wanted. After a few hours at the beach and lunch we jetted back straight to Sydney.

Norman Lindsay’s Gallery

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The grounds at Norman Lindsay’s Gallery

If you’re into art and up for an hour drive out of the city, Norman Lindsay’s Gallery is a great spot. It’s located in Faulconbridge up in the Blue Mountains. After feeling quite drained from city life it was a relief to head out to the Blue Mountains. I had never heard of Norman Lindsay but my partner had gone to the gallery a few times and liked his work. We headed out quite late in the day and took a leisurely drive out. We started the day at the café on site and had lunch before heading to the gallery. The gallery is relatively small and can be seen in an hour. Here, however, is where I learned about the Magic Pudding. I felt at a loss since it seemed like something most Aussie kids grew up with. So it was something eye opening for this American. It was cool to see the original sculptures.

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Magic Pudding

We even got to talk to an artist at the gallery that was currently working on prints and etchings. The staff was extremely friendly and answered as many questions as we had. The grounds are really lovely and honestly were my favourite part. We walked around to look at all the sculptures and fountains outside.

It was so tranquil and by closing time of the gallery we were the only one’s walking around. It was good little side trip up to the mountains to escape city life. I would definitely suggest this little spot for anyone interested in Australian art.

Palm Beach

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Palm Beach

Another good day trip away from Sydney city life is Palm Beach home of the filming of Home and Away. I won’t lie, I still haven’t seen an episode of the show. However, the beach is really beautiful. Honestly, I can’t pass up an opportunity to head to the beach. It’s about an hour drive away from Sydney. My partner and I went a few days after Christmas and surprisingly it wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be. Still a struggle to find parking but a few spots were straggling about so I can imagine it could get busier.

It was the height of summer so it was incredibly hot. The sand was at least ten degrees hotter than the air. This required us to run back to the stairs to head to the car as our feet felt on fire. Don’t forget to apply suncream more often then you think.  We made that mistake applying twice and burnt to a crisp for being out in sun for a total of three hours.  The Aussie sun plays no games.  Luckily, the water was super refreshing and after a short swim we head to get lunch. We ended up at the local fish and chips shop. I had a really amazing seafood salad that hit the spot. Across from the shop was another bit of beach and we watched the boats for a bit before heading back to Sydney.

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Palm Beach views after lunch

 

This is the great thing about Sydney really, there are so many places close by that are worth the trip to see. It is a great city for anyone that likes to explore nature and the beach is never too far away. And sometimes an escape out of the city is necessary to refresh and rejuvenate.

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Alice Springs to Adelaide: the life-changing Outback road trip

C U in the NT and the Festival State

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The seven-day trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide showed me the true Australia. The Outback in all its glory! I took a plane from Sydney to Alice Springs and the landscape was beautiful to watch change, from the intense city landscape to the beauty of the barren centre of the country. I decided to take this journey with a tour company. I barely trusted myself to drive in Tassie and driving in the Outback sounded overwhelming. I decided to join up with Groovy Grape as a mate told me they had a great time on the same tour. After spending a leisurely day in Alice Springs, I woke up the following day at 6 am to join the tour group to head to Kings Canyon. We stopped on the way at a camel farm at Kings Creek Station, which I opted not to ride a camel as I have done before. I hadn’t done much research apart from Uluru so King’s Canyon was a welcome surprise. We started the afternoon trek and it had some absolutely stunning views. I would definitely suggest anyone heading to Uluru to check this place out. The Garden of Eden was beautiful and serene. It was absolutely still and it felt untouched. Apart from the massive hill at the beginning of the trek it’s relatively easy.

The following day we headed off to Uluru, stopping on the way at Mount Conner Lookout and the salt field close to it. Also popping in at Curtin Springs which seemed like the only place for a crazy amount of miles. Then we had our first glimpses of Uluru. Our first stop was the cultural centre to learn more about the rock and the Aboriginal people of the region. After this short tour we did a base walk of Uluru. This is not for the faint of heart on a sunny day. I drank so much water. I was told the key to trekking in the Outback is you should have to pee on the bushwalks. If you aren’t then you started drinking either too late or not enough. It was surreal seeing Uluru in person. I’ve seen millions of images of this site and nothing prepared for me the up close and personal experience. The rock is huge and our base walk was about 11km. Our guide was kind enough to explain the stories of the rock and the legends that the rock shows. It was so interesting! It’s so much more than what it seems. I had no idea about how sacred this site was and that it is inappropriate to even climb Uluru. The day ended with a great sunset over Uluru with a good beer. The changing colors were fantastic and the beer I had was much needed after that day. The only downside is we were there during the super moon, the moon looked great but we didn’t get the epic night sky of the Outback. That has been a true downer for me. All the more reason to head back, right?

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Sunrise at Uluru

We had a 4 am wakeup call the next day to make sunrise at Uluru. It was surprisingly chilly in the morning which I felt unprepared for with my light rain jacket. However, the view made up for it and it quickly warmed up. After the epic sunrise, we headed off to Kata Tjuta (Valley of the Winds) which was my favorite part of the trip. I didn’t know what I was up for on this trek. It was amazing! I didn’t expect this at all. The views were stunning. We started off by going to the viewing point to take in the site then we set off for a trek in the site. It was a hot day so we started quite early and left before noon. The pictures should tell enough. I didn’t realize how sacred this site was so apparently you aren’t supposed to take pictures (oops!). It was a truly picturesque place however and I was astounded by what was around me. That night we watched sunset of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from our campsite before a long day of driving crossing the border into South Australia.

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Kata Tjuta
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Sunset view

The next morning was an early one too. We stopped over in Coober Pedy for the night. This is been claimed as Australia’s weirdest city because people live in caves. They’re not actually caves but everyone lives underground because it’s too hot to have a house on top of the ground. It’s pretty unusual. We took a tour at their tourism centre to see how they found opal their and how they dig the opal mines. It was interesting to learn about how they polish the opal and the difference in what makes a good opal. After this tour, we walked around the tiny city of Coober Pedy going to the Catholic church that’s also underground. We stopped by the Kangaroo orphanage that’s located in Coober Pedy and got to pet a young roo. I love learning about the wildlife of Australia! Plus petting a kangaroo always tops my list of a good time. That night we had pizza and went to an underground bar that was filled with mainly locals and a few tourists. We got to request music so we had a good time. We stayed in a cave that was the coolest thing ever. So dark and cool! Had an amazing sleep!

The next day we were off on the road again. We had a few stops that day. The first up was Lake Hart which is a massive salt field. It seemed like it was never ending. Just a massive expanse of white salt. I even bothered to lick it and yes it was rather salty, who would’ve thought? We were told that sometimes they test cars for going the fastest out there but I couldn’t find anything to confirm it. It was still beautiful. The next stop was Woomera a little town known for the RAAF testing range. We went to the cultural center and looked around at all the missiles they had around the town. Our last big stop of the day was Alligator Gorge at Mt Remarkable National Park. After the last few days this site seemed a bit underwhelming for me. It was nice to get out and stretch our legs for bit. That night we spent at a campsite in Wilmington. I was quite ready to have a mini-lie in before heading off to Adelaide and sleep in a bed.


The next day we headed to our final destination. I was so excited for wine tasting in the Clare Valley! I wanted to have a day to relax after days of hiking and too much sunshine (I didn’t even know that was possible). We went to Jeannert Wines and I quite possibly had the best cider ever. I could’ve had so many of them too. It was great to try a decent selection. There was a wine for everyone in the group. It was extra special because they also had beers and cider. The location was truly lovely! I loved all the flowers. It seemed so quaint. We had our last lunch together as a group and headed off to Adelaide.

Adelaide is Radelaide! There’s so many parks and the city was so easy to walk. However, I felt like there wasn’t that much to see as a whole. I suppose coming from Sydney I am jaded. I still found stuff to do in the extra day I had before flying back to Sydney. I headed to the South Australian Museum. This was the highlight of Adelaide. They had some cool exhibits on but I really liked the Australian Aboriginal Cultures section. It was really insightful as I can definitely say I don’t much about the history of Australia. Also, I enjoyed the minerals exhibit on one of the top floors. After that I went to a restaurant to get tacos- Latino Cocino. I got the tostada and it hit my Mexican food spot. I’m always on the search for the best Mexican food around the world. Then, I took a nice stroll around the botanical gardens with a mate of mine followed by going to Koko Black to have the salted caramel delice. The desserts there were to die for. Finally heading to the airport to head back home.


Overall, the week was exhausting and inspirational. Seeing this much of Australia and seeing such iconic places as Uluru was a gift. Australia is truly a beautiful country and I’m so glad to call it my home away from home. I would suggest anyone to do this trip and in the least go to Uluru and be amazed by all its beauty.

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Groovy Grape Tour Group at Uluru

Melbourne

Street Art, Great Ocean Road, and tons of making friends with animals

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Here’s Caitlin again in the land of Oz. I went to Melbourne back in June of this year. After visiting the city of Melbourne the decision to keep living in Sydney was very hard. Melbourne has less up tight city vibes, more culture, and great coffee (sorry Sydney coffee lovers everywhere). The beaches and my mates are what keeps drawing me back to good ole Sydney. This trip was an amazing weekend getaway and I hope to go back and explore even more.

I went on this trip with two amazing mates and we had a blast. We started with a walk to CBD and a tour of the amazing street art in Melbourne. There is an incredible amount of street art in Melbourne its almost overwhelming. So many unbelievable laneways. Hosier Lane and AC/DC lane are absolute musts. If you seen any photos of Melbourne street art it probably came from Hosier or AC/DC lane. Below is a map of all the locations of major street art. We walked around to at least six or seven of them and it was worth it.

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http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/PublicArt/Documents/Street_Art_Map_May_2016.pdf

 

We detoured a little bit on our jaunt and ended up in the Royal Botanical Gardens. We stopped at the Shrine of Remembrance which has amazing city views. Walking there we heard cannons go off and decided to check it out. Mainly because we had no idea that’s what happened there.  I’m a massive history buff so it was nice to walk around the shrine and take it all in.  After this we walked back over the Yarra River and went to lunch at Mamasita. A personal goal in my life is to find amazing Mexican food in Australia and this place was amazing. I had the street style corn in a cup, pork taco, and huitlacoche quesadilla. Any time a quesadilla is on offer as gluten free I have to have it.  It was the best part of the meal by a landslide.

After our little jaunt we went and viewed more street art heading to Presgrave Place, Union Lane, Caledonian Lane, and Snider Lane. With a quick stop into Dukes Coffee Roasters for a delicious latte. We then walked around Chinatown for a bit too and looked at all the delicious Asian dessert shops. We didn’t try any and I actually regret that. Then heading back to our hostel to prep for a night out.

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The next day was spent at St.Kilda Beach to wander and check out the Brighton Bathing Boxes. Neither were as close to each other as we thought so we ended up getting a short uber between each other. In St. Kilda I had one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. It was from a coffee cart next to Luna Park from Bean to Melbourne. It was incredible! Apparently they travel around Melbourne so definitely find where they’ll be at. After that we headed to the bathing boxes.  They were so unique and not one the same. Glad we made the trip to take the touristy photo in from of the Australian flag bathing box. After this we headed back to gear up for the early morning call to the Great Ocean Road.

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The early morning wake up call of 7:05 was well worth it to go on the Great Ocean Road. Pictures will not do it justice at all. The 12 Apostles are absolutely worth the trek. Along the way we stopped to feed some birds and view some koalas in the wild at Kennet River. The birds were hilarious to feed. There was so many of them and once you had one eating some feed another one would be right there, too. Also, venturing to the Razorback and Loch Ard Gorge along the way. The beauty of the 12 Apostles was breathtaking. The only downside was making it during sunset. It was beautiful but I think it would’ve been much better a few hours earlier.

The last day was spent at the Melbourne Zoo. We had a flight in the evening so not enough time to really venture too much. The butterfly habitat at the Melbourne Zoo was outright the highlight. Being covered in butterflies flying around was amazing. Honestly, I felt like this Zoo didn’t compare to Taronga Zoo in Sydney at all. It was great to see the animals but Taronga has amazing views of Sydney and much bigger habitats. However, if you’re in Melbourne I would still check it out.

All in all, Melbourne is a great city filled with pleasant people and tons to do. There’s still so many restaurants and coffee shops I want to try. My list was honestly way too big for the amount of time we were there. All the more reason to make a trek back.

Other stuff not mentioned but I totally rate 10/10:

Bars: Naked for Satan and Blackcat Fitzroy

Clubs: Poof Doof (LGBTQ friendly)

Road Tripping In Tassie

Part Two: Tassie

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Freycinet National Park

Last minute trip to Tasmania was the best idea! Planned the trip and booked flights on a Friday and up in the air the following Monday. We were only there until Thursday of the same week so it was intensely jam-packed.   Flew into Hobart, rented a car, and we were on our way to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. It was little over a two-hour drive but it was definitely worth it. It started out as quite a gloomy day but by the time we got to Wineglass Bay it was completely clear. The walk to Wineglass Bay is a little arduous but the overlook for it is beyond worth it. It’s positively gorgeous and the water is so blue. We walked down to the beach and walked around and sat listening to the ocean waves and enjoying the view.

After all the walking around the park and taking in the beautiful beach we were on our way to Launceston for the night. Following a super early flight and all the driving we were very exhausted by the time we arrived. We ended having dinner at Burger Got Soul and I had a delicious Tassie Tempter on gluten-free bread. I’m still trying to accept the idea of having an egg on my burger.

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Cradle Mountain Boathouse

The next morning we got up and headed straight to Cradle Mountain to do the Cradle Mountain lake walk. It was a very moody and misty day. Luckily we didn’t get rained on until the very end. The lake looked rather mystical that day with the fog and eerie sounds of barely anyone around. I would definitely suggest going on a clear day so you can actually see the mountain however, we didn’t have time to really schedule it out. However, it was a good trek.

Following this we were on our way again back to Hobart. We ended up there late evening checked into the cutest Airbnb in North Hobart, called Pocketspace, and we were off on the search for food. We ended up getting tacos at Sons of Baja. The tacos were not bad but unfortunately I consider myself a taco connoisseur from growing up in Florida where there’s great Mexican food they had tough shoes to fill.

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Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve view

Next morning we were out early again and headed to Bruny Island. Bruny Island was probably my favourite part of the whole trip. We took the ferry over to the Island and we were off to take the Bruny Island Wildlife Cruise. We stopped along the way at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve for a spectacular view of Bruny Island. We then had to make sure my mate could sign up for the cruise. After they were signed in we stopped off at Adventure Bay just to sit and take in the beach. The cruise itself was amazing. It last about 3 hours and you get to head into the Southern Ocean and see a bunch of seals. The only downside is it gets quite cold and I really regret not bringing another jacket. I was pretty cold for most of the ride. After the amazing views of Bruny Island we headed back onto the Island for a winery stop. We ended up at Bruny Island Premier Wines. I got a lot of food and I do not regret the food baby afterwards. I started with clam chowder and a bunch of oysters. For dessert I got a cheese plate. I won’t lie the cheese in Tassie is AMAZING! Honestly, the best part. I also had a very good class of Chardonnay.

After we ate clearly way too much we rolled ourselves back to the car and headed off the island back to Hobart. We took it easy for a bit and ended up walking down sto Hobart’s main centre, Battery Point, and having dinner at Monty’s on Montpelier. I had probably the best bbq beef I’ve had in my life. Of course we had to have more oysters so I had that to start.

On our last day we had every intention to go to the art museum MONA but we decided to have brunch instead. We ended up at Providence Café that was close to our Airbnb. It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a long time. Not to mention the owner is apparently gluten free so there’s a lot of different options. I had a great scramble with basil and feta cheese on toast. Also, a great cup of coffee.

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Scramble from Providence Cafe

I really wish I brought Tassie coffee back with me. After a very relaxed morning we headed to the airport to drop off the car and wait for our flight. All in all, it was a whirlwind of a trip but I’m glad I went. The people were lovely, the food was a hit, and it was so beautiful. Not to mention, I ended up having a 30-minute conversation with an employee at the airport, which I feel would never happen in Sydney. I love random talks with strangers. Unfortunately (fortunately), now I want to head back to Tassie and explore more. I’ll just have to plan another trip out there.

Australia Part One of Many

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The Opera House

Well, here’s the other half of the blog Caitlin and I’ve made some massive changes in my life. I moved to AUSTRALIA. I’m currently in Sydney on the working holiday visa trying to find work in maritime archeology/heritage. It’s been a crazy adventure so far. I arrived January 30th of this year and I’ve been taking it easy enjoying the sites and exploring all Sydney has to offer. This city is absolutely stunning. Photos do not do it justice at all. Seeing the Opera House in real life was a truly surreal experience. I still cannot believe I moved out here. As it’s been three weeks into my stay I’ve covered a lot of ground. Here are some weekly highlights and below is a list and pictures of things I’ve done in Sydney and it’s surroundings so far.

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Week one’s highlight was getting to the city itself. Seeing the Harbour Bridge and taking a walking tour around the Rocks felt the most like I made it. I’m blown away at how gorgeous the city is. There are so many parks and green spaces that are surrounded by huge infrastructures and bustling city atmosphere. I feel like I’m constantly surprised at what I’ll find at every turn. I still in awe that I’m in Australia. Walking around the city makes me feel like I made the right decision in coming here. I would definitely suggest the city or the Rocks free walking tour. It really helps to gain your bearings around the city.

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Week two’s highlight is a tie between bonding with kangaroos at Morisett Park and the breathtaking Coastal Walk (Bondi to Bronte). I won’t lie getting up close and personal with kangaroos was AWESOME. There’s honestly no other word for it. We didn’t approach the kangaroos either they came to us which was super cool. I suggest bringing some food along as it takes some coaxing to get them over and not taunting or attracting the attention of a bigger kangaroo. Some of them are massive and don’t underestimate how strong they are. Some of them seriously look like they’ve been lifting some intense weights. The coastal walk was mind-blowing. The views of the ocean surrounded by beautiful cliffs were awe-inspiring. This would definitely be in my top 5 must-do in Sydney. I would suggest if you make it all the way to Coogee to take a refreshing dip in the ocean. I, on the other hand, made it to the Cemetery and turned around back to Bronte to truly enjoy the ocean. Plus, summer in Australia is super hot so bring TONS of water. I was ready to just swim after all that walking.

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Wattamolla Waterfall

Week three’s highlights is hands down jumping off of a waterfall at Wattamolla. I realize there are signs saying to not do this but if the tide is high and you just watched about 5 people do it successfully then jump. It’s something I will never forget about living in Australia. Plus the national park is beautiful in its own right if you’re not up for the adventure. Close second is the stunning Blue Mountains. I would suggest getting a map since we got lost on our trek. The signs disappeared on us half way through so we did a lot of guesswork walking around. However, that did not take away from our gorgeous surroundings. I’m definitely planning at least one more trip up that way to explore.

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Blue Mountains Elysian Rock Lookout

If you do plan on going to Sydney and planning on investigating its surroundings, I suggest going on big trips on Sunday since there is a $2.50 cap on all travel with the Opal card. This is so convenient and makes the trip entirely worth it.

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The cutest koala ever at Taronga Zoo

Sydney is a bustling city like none I’ve been to before or have ever experienced. I cannot wait to explore more and truly enjoy the best the city has to offer. Now, if someone could give me a job that’d be the cherry on top but for now I’ll settle for making the most of my adventure. Such a tough life!

 

Week One:

Opera House
Botanical Gardens
Taronga Zoo and hanging out with a koala
Featherdale Wildlife Sanctuary and chilling with some kangaroosExploring Newtown and University of Sydney and Nicholson Museum
Pop-up gin bar at the MCA
Darling Harbour
Maritime Museum (because I’m a total maritime nerd)

 

Week Two:

Morrisett Park and truly bonding with the natives
Super Bowl in Australia, which was an unreal experience to be enjoying it with some Aussies
Enjoying the Chinese New Year- food, festivals, and lanterns
Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is a must for anyone traveling to Sydney. It has constantly stunning views

 

Week Three:

Wattamolla and jumping off a waterfall (something that was on my bucket list)
Wendy’s Secret Garden and gorgeous harbour views
Street Art hunting in Newtown
Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park
Relaxing on Bondi
Exploring the beauty that is the Blue Mountains

Singapore

 

Happy New Year guys.  It’s been a while, but I’m back to tell you guys about my trip to Singapore.  This wasn’t my first trip to Singapore. It’s slowly becoming like a second home. This year I had to shoot a new line for the app company that I was with early this year in California, and Vegas.  

The day started great I didn’t forget anything and cleared security without any kind of problem. Boarded my flight to New York on time.  I had a very cute and funny lady next to me to make the hours fly bye easily. Got to New York early, which is always nice, found my gate and as unusual I get pass the checks with no problem again. In my mind this was going to be one of the best trips to date. I kept it to myself and boarded my flight to Beijing. I passed out on that 13hr flight.  That was the end of the fun time. I woke up and noticed we’re a bit late getting into Beijing. Once we landed the flight was over an hour late.  My 2hr layover became one hour. It took me 40mins to get through customs in China, to get turned around and sent back to the front to get a new tickets cause I was told I wouldn’t make my flight.  Heads up for anyone flying into China just note it takes about 2hrs to get to your gate.  I had to say they made it up to me with an upgrade to business class.  I got to use the business lounge to take a shower, eat some food, and wait on my flight.

Made it to Singapore early the next day and it felt great to be back home.  Had a good 2 days to rest and enjoy the life in lion city (Singapore). Met up with a lot of old friends and I made it to the wedding of some of my best friends.  Great weekend all around until Monday work day.  Had the first team meeting with everyone in person.  Made plans for the app and everything that comes with it. The next 3 days of this trip was nothing but work.

After the craziness I found time to run the streets with my favorite set of Germans. We made our way to a Japanese Garden in the middle of the city. Spent a couple hours walking around and taking in the zen vibes. The best part of the day is when we made it back to the heart of the city to have lunch with one of our best friends. Before heading out again. Next we headed into the rich part of town and stopped off at the Leica Store.  Walking into the shop, to my surprise, I was handed the first Leica SL camera in the country.  Then I was invited to the release party the next night.  I had to hand back the camera to the store, but they set me up with a new one to shoot the latest set of products.   We then continued into the city on a food hunt. If you don’t know Singapore is food capital of the world…lol. This day was one of the most relaxing days of the trip.  Ended the day with dinner and drinks with some more friends.

Then it was back to work to get the fashion stuff I was there to shoot done.  Back to the streets of Singapore to find spots and get the work done.  It was a easy day of shooting for the most part.  After we finished the last shot of the day. We ran back to the house to get ready for the release party for the new camera by Leica.  Spoke to some of the heads of Leica Singapore. The hors d’oeuvres weren’t cutting it after a long day of work, so we said our goodbyes and headed to dinner.  We all finally had time to chill and enjoy the rest of the trip with plans to an island off the coast of Singapore.  We planned to sleep in and meet up with everyone the next day to hop onto the boat.  Rent some bikes to ride around the island.

After a great breakfast we loaded up on water and headed to the boats. Made it to the island in about 25mins, and it was a straight line to get some bikes. Then we took off from there.  First stop was a temple village at the foot of the quarry.  We set off from the temple to the top of the quarry. On the way up we passed a shrine dedicated to a German girl that went missing on the island. After taking the long way to the top and almost dying a couple times it was a blessing to see the view from the top. On the way down we found our way to the beach. Spent about 30mins just vibing and enjoying the moment. Headed back to the main lands to have dinner and I finally got my hands on a Milo Godzilla. To me that was the whole trip.  Lol. Then last 2 days were work, pool, and shopping. 

The night I fly out to go back to the states was, so relaxing.  woke up in china and had breakfast some coffee a lot of coffee…haha.  Then board the plane back to New York where i found out i had a row of seats to myself.  I got a lot of work done i watch movies and and had a lot of Chinese candy till i was back home…haha.

Port Royal, Jamaica

Hello again guys it’s Kassim the second half of this blog.  I’m here to share my quick trip back home to Port Royal Jamaica. I spent 4 days back home for family stuff, but I passed the time by taking photos to share with everyone. Let’s breakdown the first day by starting at the airport here in Florida. I was flying out with Caribbean Airline, and it was a bit crazy in the line.  I almost missed my flight, but they did give me a upgrade to first class.  The wait in line was feeling a bit better at that point.  I landed in Jamaica at nighttime with time to check into my hotel and chill with the family.  

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The new runway at FLL Miami
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My Dinner in First Class
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A Random port out in the middle of the ocean
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Flying over Kingstown
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The first one off the plane

Let me say it was awesome to wake up early and have the town to yourself for about an hour or two to run around everywhere. I chilled on the beach for about 40 minutes to see the sunrise over the mountains.  Then I went to one of my favorite spots for a quick swim to get the day started. Then the run around Jamaica began.  I didn’t take much photos, some of the places were very dangerous and my camera might have been stolen.  The majority of the trip was spent in my hometown.  Just to think and chill out and enjoy a restful weekend.   

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Where i spent most of the day
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Fell a sleep out here and woke up to this

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A ship that was set on fire and now this is all that is left.
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The shipping area where all the cargo ships dock.
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A random shop that was built up one of the town people.
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This is one the most dangerous places in Jamaica
The last night on the island
The last night on the island

I’m sorry I didn’t really do much but just chill out and get my rest.  This wasn’t really an explore the island trip.  This one was about family and clearing my mind for the rest of the year.  Here is some photos of the Fort Charles that was built back in the 1600s.

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Like i said this was a quick trip, but I’ll be flying out to Singapore in a couple of days.  I promise that post will be a lot longer.

Kassim