So the last few days have been rather busy, hence I haven’t posted – so I have a bit to catch up with…
On Tuesday, my last full day in Bronte, I had a bit of a lazy morning after I finished my calls with clients – I had to wake up at 4:30am to speak to everybody both Monday and Tuesday, so I was fairly tired. I knew I had a rather big walk ahead of me that day, so I made myself quite a big breakfast. I’ve lost a little bit of weight since I got here, so I’ve been making a conscious effort to start eating a bit more on a day to day basis. I think it must be the ridiculous amount of walking I’m doing. After breakfast, I got my things packed and headed up to Waverley Cemetery again, and down to the Coastal Walk to start my walk towards Bondi Beach.
Having lived in North Bondi for some time in 2008, I was interested to see how Bondi had changed. And it had. Massively. The old-fashioned bohemian feel had been replaced with a more middle-class atmosphere, a shopping mall, and much nicer looking hotels. Lots and lots more restaurants and cafes too. The beach was much the same though, I doubt landscape can change very much in 9 years! I was there to meet with a lady called Patricia, who was my landlady when I lived there, on a street called Glenayr Avenue.
I lived in her little spare single room within her beautiful unit in North Bondi, and so I was excited to catch up. It was lovely to see her again, I went to her new house that she’s just moved in to recently, and then we wandered across the road for a coffee. There has been a lot of water under the bridge in 9 years, so it took us some time to catch up! What was really quite cool was that her cat (which I was responsible for looking after while Patricia was on holiday, and subsequently lost) was still alive! I’ll never forget the panic I went through when I thought I had lost her! I can’t believe she’s still around all these years later. Brilliant.
I popped into a fish shop on the way back home and picked up a fresh Barramundi which I had for lunch and dinner with some veg and sourdough bread. It was amazing, I’m addicted to the seafood here.
After lunch, I started to pack up so that I was ready for leaving for the airport on Wednesday morning, and then went a wander to find the bus stop I needed to take me to the airport. I just wanted to make sure I knew where I was going for the morning. I ended up being out for hours walking again, then just sat at the beach until the sun disappeared and it was suddenly pitch black. It was wonderful to just sit and watch the waves roll in, and see everybody slowly wrapping up their day and heading home.
It really is such a relaxed atmosphere here, I feel like I have finally started to settle in now and that my pace of life has somewhat slowed down. It’s nice, my body and mind are appreciating it, and I realise now how important it is going to be for me moving forward, especially when I get home.
Wednesday was a full day of traveling for me… I left Bronte at 8:30am and got to Auckland at around 8:00pm so it really was quite full on. Another airport, another (somewhat bumpy) flight, and another few customs queues before I met my friend Louise who I’m staying with here in Auckland. My first day here is coming to an end and it’s been a good one, I’ll write about it tomorrow because I am pretty knackered now… we are another 2 hours ahead of Sydney (time zone wise), so I’m feeling the effects of another time zone change.
I hope you’re enjoying keeping up with my little adventure and that it is perhaps inspiring you to consider doing something similar… it really is amazing!