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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Chinese Garden of Friendship

This place is absolutely beautiful & ever so peaceful. It's crazy that this is literally just down the road from all the hustle & bustle of the city, yet you feel like you're in a completely different world when you walked inside. Everything you look at is stunning. The water, the flowers, the buildings & the tiny little lizards that are wandering around. They're such cute little guys & they let you get pretty close before they get bored of looking at you & run away haha!

I definitely want to come back here when the weather gets a bit better. It was still warm today but it was mostly cloudy; I can only imagine how much more beautiful it will look when the sun is shining :D I also forgot to charge my Go Pro too.. I was planning on filming my walk around the place & creating a 'Tour of Sydney' kinda video when I've visited more places, but.. I forgot. Mind you, it's not the first time I forgot it, I forgot on both visits to the zoo as well, damn! :( ha.

Anyway, if you ever visit Sydney, I really recommend you visit this place. It's $6 each to get in but it's so worth it. They have a little cafe in there as well & also a place where you can dress up in Chinese clothing! :D Obvs I was totes up for that but I'll save it for the time I remember my Go Pro.. Silly me! Hope you enjoy the images! :)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Taronga Zoo

Before I get started, sorry that you have to stare at the spiders whilst you read the beginning of this post, at least they aren't above your head like they was mine! :'( haha! Anyway..

Today, we woke up with yet another beautiful, sunny day with no plans at all.. We sat contemplating what to do for awhile & then decided to head out to the zoo, yay! :D From where we are in Sydney, Taronga Zoo is only a short ferry ride away & the harbour is literally around the corner from where we're staying; so off we went! :D

As you can probably see from the images above, we managed to see some beautiful views on the way. Such as the famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge (you may even be able to make out the people at the top of it!) & Shark Island. When I went past shark island I got a bit excited thinking "it's called Shark Island for a reason, there must be some sharks around this place.." (for people that don't know me, I'm quite fascinated by sharks, Great Whites to be particular so that's why I was excited haha!) until seconds later after thinking that the tour on the ferry ruined my excitement & told us not to worry, there's no sharks & then onto the reason it got it's name :( but if you're interested in a little fact, then I may as well share it with you.. *clears throat* Shark Island got it's name from way back when the island used to be a quarantine for animals.. & if the animals died then they just threw them out to sea, which attracted all the sharks. Interesting fact huh!? You're welcome 8-)

Anyway, once we got to the zoo, I was ready to go in with full force! Or so I thought I would.. but Matthew, being Matthew, has to read the map & know where everything is. I have no patience with that stuff & just like to go for it! :D But yeah, we looked at the map & decided to check out the koala bears first. It made sense with it being the closest thing to us & after all, we are in Australia right!? :D They were super cute & just wrapped their cute little arms round the branches. I wanted to jump in & cuddle one :(

Then we headed to the reptiles & saw some cute little guys & some scary crocs - crikey mate! hahaha, actually lol'ing to myself writing this. Have to mingle in with the Australian life right? :)

I added some funny pictures of the animals here where I made little stories up in my head. The gorilla & elephant are my fave. The gorilla looks totally pissed off, he even side eyed me at one point as if to say "don't just stand there & look at me, help me get to this sexy mama on the other side of this door" haha! He wasn't trapped in a small space don't worry. He had loads of other places to move to. I just thought this snap made a funny story :) & the elephant was tapping that door with his foot as if to be saying to his wife "C'mon now Barbs, let me back in would ya!? I've learnt my lesson.." haha! He had plenty of space also & could easily get through, through another area of where he was but he was being stubborn & wanted the door opening haha. I love animals they're the best <3

Right, I think I'll stop it there. I won't bore you by describing every single part of the zoo. I also didn't take pictures of every animal due to my camera dying also. Every time I've ever been to the zoo I've always forgot to charge my camera, what a numpty!? But yeah, hope you enjoyed my pictures & my little made up stories of the animals! :D Until next time.... :)

Friday, 4 March 2016

Bronte & Bondi Beach

The first thing I needed to do when I got to Sydney, was visit the beach! I've been drooling over them for months, constantly counting down the days until having a beautiful beach on my doorstep was a reality.. & here I am! Luckily, after a few days of basically just sleeping to get over our jet lag, our hostel was putting on a BBQ at Bronte & then doing a scenic walk over to Bondi. Obvs this was a good enough reason for me to get my ass into gear because who is gonna miss a day at the beach!? Not me! ^_^ We had such beautiful weather that day too, which was lucky! I was expecting it to be "cold", well, as cold as it gets for Sydney anyway as it's technically Autumn here now. But it's been no less than 30 degrees since we got here. Fabulous news! :D Both beaches are stunning & I'm happy to lay there all day on any of them; but I must admit that Bronte definitely stole my heart over the famous Bondi. Bronte is a lot smaller & feels more private. It also has a swimming pool that's separated from the sea by rocks. Which is great if you don't wanna get eaten by sharks & what ever else is in the Australian sea! Haha! Bronte also has grassy area with small huts where you can have your BBQ. The cooking stands are built in so anyone can take their own food down & have a BBQ, how great is that!? <3 I wish I had taken more pictures of the day to show you but it's one of them where everything is so overwhelming & beautiful that you're lost in the moment & only realise you didn't take enough pictures when it comes to looking back on them.. Never mind. I am in Australia for at least a year if I want to be so I'm sure I will have so many more opportunities to show you the amazing beaches here. A surf dude guy told me there's around 11,000 different ones! Crazy right!? I'm happy to go visit them all! :D Haha. Ps. Bondi is the last picture! :)
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