Thursday, August 12, 2010
A month in Sydney under my belt and I am settling into life back in the "real world" With a new job underway life has gone from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye and this first month - gone by in a blur. But it feels great to be back to work and I'm definitely enjoying the new challenges! The next hurdle is on the home front. I've decided to live at Bondi Beach, About a 30 minute commute into the city and 10 minute walk to picture-perfect beach and the eastern beaches footpath.
I've got my sights set on a fantastic apartment, the rent is a great deal, perfectly located and it will by far be the best room I've lived in...well, ever in my adult life! Furnished, huge window overlooking a garden in a vintage/eclectically decorated apartment with two late 20's gals and a less that 10 minute hop to the water. Keep your fingers crossed for me out there. It will be a week of agony until they make their decision next weekend!!
Right now its 6pm and I am sitting in my favorite cafe on Oxford street soaking in the last of this spectacular spring day after a chilly mid-day swim at Icebergs (the swimming pool on Bondi pictured in my previous post) and a stroll around Bondi's Sunday Market packed with clothes, jewelry, a farmers market with to-die for baked goods. Each day this week the weather has edged a few ticks closer to Spring with the best day yet today. You know that spring energy that hits the air on days like that? Everyone is suddenly happier and friendlier on the streets. And even though its not quite hot enough for shorts, open-toed shoes and a tank top people do it anyway. AND the great thing is it will only get better from here on out.
I've decided to make a point of recording new Aussie-isms here as I learn them. Sometimes with all the slang and shortened words its like listening to a foreign language and I really have no idea what people are talking about, except of course to say that it sounds great with the accent :) OK, Favorites thus far:
Onya Mate! - Short for Good On Ya, and its pretty much applicable at all times when someone is recognizing something someone did well or will do and sometimes as a farewell.
The second is the truncating of EVERY word or name that can possibly end in an "ie" For example, whether I like it or not I am Lizzie here and there is just no two ways about it. So I guess I'm accepting that. I have not had BBQ shrimp yet, but I can say that if I did you would certainly hear the BBQ reffered to as the Barbie, just as breakfast is always Breakie.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Just a few pics from the glorious tease-of-summer day we had here in Sydney on Sunday. I have arrived here in the throes of winter - but even still, if July is the worst it gets then its not so bad. Just your average day EVERYDAY in San Francisco. These were all taken along the coastal walkway that connects the Eastern beaches, Bondi down to Coogee with tons of little coves and beaches in between. On a nice day all the beautiful people of Sydney are out in the Eastern Suburbs either jogging the coastal walk or heading for the water board in hand. I for one can't wait for snorkeling season!