Despite being a little heartbroken that I am leaving Australia without seeing the Whitsundays (damn you cyclone Debbie), I have had a really great week in Sydney very kindly hosted by the wonderful Catherine from Lux Life, which allowed me to have more of a relaxed home-style time vs. crazy hostel dorm life week, which I kind of needed to be honest. If you read my last post you will know that I had to change my plans last minute, replacing my Whitsundays trip with a premature visit to Sydney, and though I had hoped to still make it up north before I left sadly the weather did not allow for it. That said, Sydney really exceeded my expectations (having heard mixed reviews) and it was awesome being able to explore it at my own pace! {I shall just have to return for that crystal clear blue water and swirling sand another day 8-).}

WHERE: WHITSUNDAYS + SYDNEY (27 March – 5 April)

During my time in Sydney I reunited with one of my oldest and best friends, Amber, who I’ve known since I was 8 and haven’t seen for the last two and a half years (though she’s on a flight back to London for good as we speak, at last!); “internet” friends who I’ve met seldom times but due to being a loyal reader of their blogs over the last year or so I feel like I know as well as someone I might see on a daily basis; and friends just shy of a week’s duration but that I got to experience one of my favourite ever trips with, to Fraser Island. On the face of it, what do they all have in common? Nothing. Do I like them all? Massively.

My point is that despite appearances or first impressions, if you dig a little beneath the surface you are almost guaranteed to find common ground. As human beings we often stick to what we know as it makes us feel more comfortable; it’s simply human nature to surround yourself with people that look like you/speak the same language or have the same accent as you/have the same means as you/dress like you, etc., as there is a presumed safety that you will get along. Taking a step back and looking at my current friendship network, which includes people from literally every type of background and located all over the world {having attended different schools, a Danish summer camp for 9 years and travelled extensively over the past few years}, I feel really privileged to have learnt that we are all far more alike than we are dissimilar, and that it’s far more interesting/you learn so much more by (occasionally, I’m not suggesting that you abandon all of your current friends) surrounding yourself with people that you think are really different to you. You would honestly be amazed.

In short, I guess I’m just very grateful for having had the opportunities to learn this (what I believe to be very important lesson) early on in life, and this past week was a perfect reminder to grow further & further away from any pre-conceived ideas or judgments of people on their face {my mum can definitely testify to the various people I’ve chosen to interact with over the years, not all of whom were approved, of course}. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

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TEN FAVOURITE MOMENTS

  1. The Fraser Island dream team reunion in the delightful Airbnb + our admirable efforts to make a fabulous homemade curry that turned out somewhat more interesting… porridge rice + the door breaking wrath.
  2. Seeing Amber again for the first time in years and shamelessly releasing a few overwhelmed tears.
  3. Doing the beautiful Bondi to Coogee walk with Ambs.
  4. In light of Catherine’s hospitality and my favourite sofa turned bed, being able to watch all of series 7 of The Good Wife. {However now that my favourite TV show is over life will never quite be the same again, suggestions welcome}.
  5. Crackles. Oh lord.
  6. Seeing Beauty & The Beast at the cinema. I can’t believe how much I loved this film considering all of the singing involved… I didn’t zone out or reach for my phone once and it was two hours long, which honestly says everything you need to know. Go watch.
  7. London blogger reunion in Sydney and meeting Jasiminne from Posh, Broke & Bored for the first time.
  8. Opera Bar x numerous {and being thoroughly unimpressed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge, too funny}.
  9. Guac & chips 4 lyf… and Catherine never having heard the term “guac” before (has she lived?).
  10. Sydney nights out; tough to choose between jamming to the reggae master and The Barber Shop + gay club escapades. Both equally fabulous.

 “We are all alike, on the inside”
– Mark Twain