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3 Weeks Down: Sydney is My New Home

I still can’t believe I’ve been living in Australia for almost 3 weeks now.  I can’t lie, I’m kind of proud of myself considering all that I’ve accomplished thus far.  We’ll all but a job, but that is seriously happening tomorrow along with opening a bank account.  Anyways I have met some amazingly fun and laid back people who I feel like I’ve known for years.  I’ve also found an adorable flat, which I’m settling into nicely and am so happy to finally have a home.  I took a nice trip up the coast last week, read my blog, First Trip In Oz: Coffs Harbour & South West Rocks.  All and all I really can’t complain even though I do miss my family and friends at home and a few luxury items that I’ve been living without.  Living in Sydney is everything I ever dreamed it to be and I’m so happy I had the guts to make this big move across the world on my own and start a new drama free life.

My new street Beach Road

My New Home

I’m currently renting a room in Bondi Beach, which is located in the Eastern Suburbs, on Beach Road.   I was informed about the room via a friend and am living with a nice Australian guy named Pete who works in the finance industry in the city.  My apartment is on the third floor, which is good for my figure, and is a 2 bedroom 1 bath that is fully furnished.  I am lucky to have the familiar amenities that I’m used to in the USA that I was neglected from while in Europe.  A dishwasher, washer & dryer, microwave, huge fridge, WIFI, and up to date appliances really do make a difference.  My room is kind of small but has a double bed with a single bunk up top, a good size closet and dresser.  My place is about 5 minutes walk from the beach, close to tons of bars, restaurants, shops, and convenience stores.  The nightlife in Bondi is very chill with a lot of nice big patios to enjoy some drinks with friends.  You can walk everywhere in Bondi, which was a selling point and it’s just a short bus ride to Bondi Junction, which has tons of shopping and is a transportation hub for buses and trains.  Although rent is quite steep, I’m grateful at how quickly I was able to settle into a nice place in a wonderful location.

I do have bunk beds...who's coming to visit? :)

Living room with the most comfortable couch ever!

Nice kitchen that I have yet to cook in...

Lifestyle

Australia is truly about “No worries” & “No Dramas” and it’s wonderful!  Most people I’ve met have been very friendly and helpful, especially guys- Ha wonder why?  Also the amount of people that walk around barefoot, and only wearing their swimsuits is crazy.  Here the motto “No shirt, No shoes, No Problem” is in full effect.  I’ve lived in a lot of coastal cities but Sydney takes the cake on how laid back both the lifestyle and people are.  It couldn’t be more opposite than Phoenix, which tends to be very fake and materialistic.  It’s actually refreshing to be on the beach and see girls that are natural and aren’t injected with silicon, botox, and other absurd amounts of enhancement surgery.  With that said there are still plenty of gorgeous people in Sydney, especially in Bondi.  Most people are very fit and are in tune with good style and most do it in a classy manner.

Pretty much standard...

Weather

I was not impressed by the weather when I first arrived to Sydney because there was so much rain and overcast skies the first few days.  Since then it has been absolutely gorgeous with highs in the mid 70’s – 80’s or low to mid 20’s Cº.  January and February are suppose to be the hottest months so we’ll see if it warms up any more.  The only set back is how muggy and humid it can be on some days, but the coastal breeze usually takes care of this issue.  At nights it’s been an average of mid 60’s (15 Cº) which is a little chilly for me, but a light jacket or a few drinks tends to do the trick.  The water temperature is a little on the cold side for me and is usually low 70’s or 22 Cº and I won’t lie, I have yet to fully jump in here.  The sun here is very strong since they have practically no ozone layer above and it’s taken some mild burns to learn my limits in the blazing sun, but I’m good now and getting prettttty tan.  :)

These are just the basics about my new home! Hope you all are enjoying reading about my new life.  Show me some love friends and fans! Also check out more pics on my Flickr Account.

My new home Bondi Beach!

3 Comments

  1. On January 17, 2010 @ 12:42 pm Byron Kline said

    Hi Lauren! I stumbled across your blog via Facebook and have been enjoying your updates from “down under.” As a fellow travel enthusiast, Sun Devil, and someone who plans to visit Australia later this year, I look forward to reading about your experience. So far you’re doing a great job. And kudos on the great pictures you’ve taken! Hopefully you’ll have time to travel throughout all of Australia while you’re down there and provide us all with some insight about where to go, what to do, and anything else we should know. Good luck, enjoy yourself, and continue blogging! : )

  2. On October 16, 2011 @ 5:07 pm Jenn said

    Your blog is very cool. How I wish I could visit Australia! I found our site while searching “most comfortable couch”…so – I love your couch – what brand is it?

  3. On September 25, 2013 @ 7:14 pm Christine said

    You’re making me feel more prepared for my upcoming trip! Great points, honest and clear. Love to travel along with you.

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