• Alicia

Just me and a suitcase.

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

2013, September 4

It’s almost time!

Well, here I am….in less than a week’s time I’ll be wandering around in Sydney, Australia, and beginning what I've named my ‘little’ adventure. My beloved bachelorette pad is no more…it’s lying clean and empty and the keys have been handed in. Packing what seemed like my life into boxes and giving up my first ‘own’ home was a tough move; but only because stepping outside your comfort zone is, I think. But, as I always say - possessions are not your life, experiences are, and I think this move may be the best one I ever make. Who needs comfort, hey?

I’ve created this blog so my friends and family can follow my travels - and anyone else who wishes to.

If I can encourage just one person to get out of the rat race, to give up groundhog day, and to do something they’d love to do….then it’s all been worth it.

And if not, then I’ll do the travelling for you. More to follow XOXO

2013, September 7

Almost packed

How do you pack for a 12 month+ trip when trying to travel light?? Answer is, just throw it all in and hope for the best!

The past few weeks have flown by and my goodbyes and see you soons haven't felt real at all. Because even now it hasn't sunk in that I'm actually going, and I don't think it will until I get there...the other side of the world, alone, with just a suitcase.

I'm feeling excited, a huge sense of freedom, nervous, and like I'm going into the unknown! Well, that'll be because I am.

2013, September 8

The plan

So what's my plan? Honestly, I don't really have one. I'd like to meet fellow travellers and make some travel buddies to explore with. So after a week in Sydney, I can't tell you where I'll be heading! But I'd like to stick to the east coast to begin.

I have an idea of the places I'd like to visit, but I think on this kind of trip, making set plans could mean missing out on so much. Sometimes you've just got to go with the flow and see where you end up.

What I'm looking forward to the most? Expanding my world, going into the unknown, being spontaneous, meeting lots of great people and listening to their stories, experiencing a different way of life, seeing a new part of the world, and new experiences in general. There's something so liberating about being able to just pack a suitcase and take off without having to rely on anyone. Now that is freedom!

And the least? The crocodiles. Will definitely be staying away from those. Oh, and hostel life, of course. I'm sure that will be an experience.

2013, September 8

The perfect gift

Two of my lovely friends (unbeknownst to each other) tracked down my necklace! One of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. Thank you girls xxx

2013, September 16

I've arrived! And Sydney, you are beautiful.

Airport goodbyes - awful! Long haul flights - not as bad as expected. Landing in Australia - amaaaazing!!

I felt at home so soon after touching down in Sydney. Thankfully I booked a lovely hotel for my first couple of nights, before launching myself into hostel life. I could happily have stayed longer, but hey, we can't have it all. The staff were great and I managed to bag myself some free WiFi.

Up bright and early the next day I headed out with a map (typical tourist) and wandered up towards the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House - I was dying to see what they looked like for real! I stopped for breakfast at Darling Harbour, a gorgeous little place full of bars and hustle and bustle. On route to the bridge I wandered down so many little streets, including one with bars on windows, CCTV on most houses, a little porch on each home with strange looking plants, chairs and tables, and 'save our homes' posters plastered everywhere. It was eerily quiet; you could literally hear a pin drop. I wanted to take a picture for you but I imagined being kidnapped, never to be seen again....sooo you'll just have to use your imaginations.

Finally, walking around the corner and catching sight of the bridge was the absolute craziest feeling....I think that's the moment I thought wow, I'm actually here. Culturally, Australia is like the UK in many ways, but there is no mistaking that bridge! As I continued underneath, I was surprised at how quiet it was, considering it's one of the most iconic places in the world. Other than a few tourists and marathon trainers, it had a very laid-back feel to it; and the numerous boats sailing around the harbour added to the relaxed atmosphere. Seeing the Opera House in all its glory was equally as crazy, but smaller and less impressive than I expected. Still amazing to see though, and I suspect it looks better lit up of an evening.

I then wandered to the Botanical Gardens, so peaceful and chilled out. Full of small groups of school children, tons of marathon trainers, tourists, and office workers having their lunch...although still very relaxing, with many empty benches dotted about the park. In one direction - huge modern looking office buildings, and in the other direction - the Harbour Bridge, the ocean, and lots of boats sailing around, full of energised tourists. Possibly my favourite place in Sydney so far.

So overall, Sydney is lovely. A clean, modern, and vibrant city with lots of friendly people, from what I’ve experienced so far. Expensive? Yes, but when working here I imagine it balances out.

>>>> Read part 1 of my adventures here!

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