Visiting Home – My Australian Holiday: Sydney

Now that I’m back in Stockholm and have recovered from the jet lag, I’ve had some time to put together a post on my trip home to Australia. A few weeks ago Giordie and I went back for the first time since we moved.

I left here with mixed feelings. The last year seems to have gone by so quickly, but at the same time it feels like it’s been forever since we lived there. I was wondering how much had changed and how much had stayed the same. I was really looking forward to seeing my friends and family, but I was going to miss Daniel who had to stay behind and work. Also I was very nervous about the long haul flight! As you may know I get pretty tense flying, so the thought of spending 21 hours in the air had me a little on edge. It all went well though, with my nerves holding up and the flight only being a little bumpy and not too unbearable.

We spent our first week in Sydney and then headed down to Melbourne for another week. (Stay tuned for my Australian holiday – Part 2) It’s winter in Australia at the moment but the weather gods looked upon us kindly and we had blue skies and sunshine for most of our first week. After experiencing my first winter in Stockholm I really enjoyed being able to sit at the beach in a t-shirt duringย winter.

Winter sun, how I love thee!

Of course spending some much loved quality time with my friends was the highlight of my trip ๐Ÿ™‚ But as well as hanging out with them I had a list of places to visit and foods to eat. There’s a number of foods that I can’t get here in Stockholm that I’ve missed. So one of my first stops was for chai and a bacon and egg roll. Oh, how I have missed bacon and egg rolls! When I looked at my list I realised that it was going to be an eating tour of Australia… Meat Pie, Fish and Chips, Banana Bread, Tim Tams, Lamingtons, Chicken Parmigiana and the list goes on! I realised by the end of my trip that 2 weeks is not enough time to eat all the foods that I have missed though, so I have already started compiling a new list for next time.

Bacon and egg roll, Polenta chips and Chai = heaven!

Of course while I was back home I also had to get in as many good coffees as I could ๐Ÿ™‚

No visit to Sydney’s Northern Beaches is complete without a drive up to Palm Beach and a coffee at The Boathouse. I usually try to get there during the week or at quieter times because it can get really busy on a sunny weekend day. We had planned a walk up to the Palm Beach lighthouse as well, but the weather looked a little like it was going to rain so we had to skip it this time. But it’s on the list for our next visit!

The Boathouse Palm Beach

It was really great to get back to Sydney and see everyone. Technology these days makes it pretty easy to stay in touch with friends and family on the other side of the world. But there is nothing quite like a hug and hanging out in person over a cuppa. I’m glad I waited for the full year before going back though, I feel like it made the experience easier. If I had gone back earlier I think it might have made me more homesick. By waiting the year I really appreciated Australia but I also realised that I’m not finished experiencing Stockholm yet. 7 days in Sydney wasn’t enough time to get around to everyone we wanted to see and everything we wanted to do. But we still had an amazing time and packed a lot into the 7 days before heading to Melbourne.

Stay tuned to see how I spent my second week in Australia.

Cheers, Jess