It’s finally here!
2015 is upon us and I am so happy to say I saw in the new year in style by getting to watch the Sydney harbour fireworks with some truly great friends from my time in Coffs Harbour.
As I mentioned in my last post I made my way back to Sydney on 30th December, and spent the next day with Claire – a Canadian backpacker here on a holiday visa for three months, who I met at Aussitel Backpackers 🙂
Claire has been gracious enough to let me stay at her family friends house in Sydney, and so we spent our New Year’s Eve chilling in the pool, eating leftover Chinese food and queuing to get into Liquorland!
That evening we met up with the other friends we’d made at Aussitel who had also made their way to Sydney for the celebrations. After a few drinks, a catch up or two and the standard round of Ring of Fire we gradually made our way to Dudley Page Reserve where we’d all got tickets to watch the harbour fireworks. As a bit of a firework addict I was adamant I would be witness to the 9pm family fireworks as well as the world famous midnight ones, and luckily Claire and I made it just in time to the park to see said 9pm fireworks. If truth be told, they weren’t all that in comparison with what was to come, but they were still impressive and made me so excited for later! After a minute or so of watching we decided to take complete advantage of the crowd being so distracted and went to buy food (veggie nachos – YUM!) and paid $9.50 for a vodka lemonade. (OUCH). We also tried to really get into the spirit of things by getting our faces painted, but just as we reached the front of the queue the lady shut up shop for the evening! So I had to make do with a photo with the clown instead…
After purchasing some mighty fine flashing butterflies we then met up with the rest of our group and set up camp for the rest of the evening.
I won’t bore you with a blow-by-blow account of the midnight fireworks, you can YouTube it if you’re really interested, but what I will say is they were everything is hoped they would be and more. I deliberately took very few photos because I wanted to make memories, rather than watch the event through a screen, and I’m so happy I made that decision 🙂
I was then blessed enough to spend my New Year’s Day on Bondi Beach with the guys from the previous night. We sunbathed, played in the sea and simply enjoyed each other’s company for a final time before we all go our separate ways over the next few days. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was so hard to get my head around the fact it is now January! I am so not accustomed to temperatures like 28 degrees at the beginning of the year, but it’s definitely something I could get used to! 😉
I also met up with my brothers best friend, Michelle, on the beach! She’s here travelling for a month or so with a few family members, and we promised my bro we’d take a Sydney selfie should we get the chance…and so we did!!
And so what’s next for me now that all the New Years events have passed? Well I’m happy to say I have found some farm work to entertain me throughout the month of January! It’s on a permaculture farm in Yarra Valley called PEACE Farm, and I am so excited to do something completely different and out of my comfort zone! I leave for the farm on the evening of 4th January by taking an overnight train to Melbourne, arriving at the farm on the 5th. YAY!
I won’t conclude this post with the stereotypical reflections, resolutions, new year, new me shenanigans and what not. But what I will say is I am really grateful for all that 2014 brought, and I am so excited for what the year ahead has to hold for me – so far I have plans to work on a farm in Yarra Valley, to work as an au pair in Sydney, to explore Australia until October and hopefully meet as many new people in the process! Talk about variety!
And so I shall wrap up this mammoth post by simply wishing you all an absolutely splendiferous 2015 – I hope it is all you wish it to be and more. 🙂