Currently: Arrival

In: Sydney!

NB this is post 8h red-eye flight which I would not recommend as the best way to arrive into any country. Just saying.

Transferring: all my blog reading to Feedly. Bloglovin’ got too Big Brother-y for me.

Replying: to comments now I’m back in the world of the semi-functional. So you can expect replies to comments you don’t even remember making.

Eating: All the ice cream I can before the weather gets too cold.

Who am I kidding, I’ll still be eating ice cream even when it’s freezing.

Realising: it’s definitely cold enough for jumpers here (and socks, and slippers, and warm pyjamas) and I have definitely not brought enough. I’m rotating the three jumpers I do have and hoping I don’t run into the same people every third day.

Adventuring: to new places, especially pretty ones like Cronulla. Check out this beach:

It’s epic. Good ice cream nearby, too. I mean, so I’ve heard.

Stocking up: on my favourite chocolate which I’m almost certain they’re about to discontinue. You can now only get it on Coles and it’s reduced to clear… It’s the Cadbury Marvellous Creations Raspberry Lemonade and it’s so sugary and so delicious.

If you can find it in the shops… run, don’t walk.

Adjusting: to my new work environment. It’s very the same and very different all at the same time. I’m treading with care.

Thanking: the guest posters who have held the fort while I’ve been out registering for Medicare, tax numbers, Opal cards… In case you missed it, there have been a few expat stories and a piece about the realities of solo female travel.

Brunching: like a boss. Because how can you not?

This is Jellyfish, in Manly. In case you suddenly find yourself in need of some epic smashed avo.

Reading: Tintin to my niece who is a big fan. She’s just learning to read so she likes books where she can follow the story in the pictures. It’s not particularly PC though, so I have to keep breaking off to explain that nowadays it’s not ok to refer to people of Chinese heritage as ‘yellow’, etc.

Also reading: Big Little Lies by none other than Liane Moriarty and very much enjoying it. I can’t see the tv show here but I’ve never read the book so I figured I’d give it a go. It’s been a good one to get myself into an Australian frame of mind, although obviously a fairly stressful way of doing so. I’m about 3 pages away from the end so I think I’ll just go and finish it now…

How was your week?

-Rachel

Glad to be rejoining the party again with Van, Marcella, Lauren and Isabel for Wanderful Wednesday. 

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  1. 8th May 2017 / 20:50

    Ice cream is a good option even if it’s freezing cold outside hahaha. What are your favourite flavours? Mine definitely has to be hazelnut, Italian style – yummmm.

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  2. 8th May 2017 / 22:10

    omg big little lies. i only watched the show but so good! i’m sure the book is fantastic. also. so glad you’re getting settled! the job and life is such a transition which takes time but in the meantime, eat more of that avo toast please. how gorg and yummy does it look? ha. and ice cream. eat that one bc i can’t. like how i focus on food? lol

    xoxo cheshire kat

  3. 8th May 2017 / 22:19

    Sounds like things are settling in well then!!! Ice cream is always a good idea… and I definitely rotate the same clothes. People probably wonder about that, but whatever. I’m lazy. Lol

  4. 8th May 2017 / 22:44

    How exciting!! Hooray for Oz and this lovely catch up post. X

  5. 8th May 2017 / 23:23

    Hooray for making it to Australia and getting settled in! I couldn’t think of a more perfect book for you to read to welcome you to Australia than Big Little Lies, and I hope that you loved it! I think that the TV show might just disappoint you in anyways since it’s not based in Australia. In my opinion, it’s never too cold for ice cream or too hot for Pho or Ramen, those are dishes you can eat all the time!

  6. 9th May 2017 / 00:53

    Ahhh Gelato Messina! You are making me homesick. Not sure if you have spent time in Australia during winter before but lots of houses don’t have proper insulation/double glazing like they do in the UK so the winter can still feel very cold even if the temperatures aren’t as low. Definitely rug up!

  7. Jen
    9th May 2017 / 02:40

    Yay for being in Sydney!!! Yes to ice cream all day everyday haha. 🙂 It’s never too cold for that deliciousness.

  8. 9th May 2017 / 23:04

    I eat ice cream all year round…why not?

    Cheers to exploring a new place! I bet the seasonal adjustment will take some work.

  9. 10th May 2017 / 18:41

    Yay! A post from your new home! Yes I hear it’s getting cold there. But I definitely agree that ice cream is appropriate any time of the year, in any weather. 😀 I hope you’re liking your new office and that the transition continues to go smoothly! xx

  10. 11th May 2017 / 00:14

    I love how universal brunching is. like every part of the world everyone knows what brunching is. haha! So glad you’re settling in! also, I eat ice cream alllllll year round. I have a picture from college of me going through the drive through of an ice cream place. I’m holding up my ice cream next to my car temperature that says -3 degrees F. LOL. no shame.

  11. 11th May 2017 / 01:14

    Avo toast ans ocean views? You are one lucky girl! And let the adventures begin!

  12. 11th May 2017 / 03:53

    This post made me a little homesick. OK, a lot homesick. Did no one tell you that you need more jumpers in winter? Whoops. Hopefully you’ve got more stuff on the way! Hope you’re having a good time and settling in well! Eat lots more Messina for me! #WanderfulWednesday

  13. 11th May 2017 / 08:27

    I’ve been reading Big Little Lies for an embarrassingly long time and not because it’s not good. I’m def the problem. I love it how I don’t even know what a “jumper” is by your definition. To me it is a one piece outfit, but I think for you it’s a sweater? Yay for arrival at your final destination. You sure did take a round about way getting there, but it looks like you had a blast. BTW-I’m going back to read your Santorini post again because we are officially planning a trip there!

  14. 11th May 2017 / 12:43

    Oh yes, I know the pain of a long-haul red-eye flight all too well! But the restorative power of ice cream is pretty amazing! 🙂

  15. 12th May 2017 / 00:13

    It’s never too cold for ice cream! Hope you’re loving your new life!

  16. 12th May 2017 / 05:57

    Yay, you’ve arrived! I see you’ve already discovered Messina, it’s my all time favourite ice cream place. That brunch looks epic too, I am very partial to some smashed avo. I haven’t read Big Little Lies, but I did read Truly, Madly, Guilty and Three Wishes. Am currently reading The Husband’s Secret but am on only page 2 🙂

  17. 12th May 2017 / 06:23

    HOORAY!!! Also YES to smashed avo on toast, I am eagerly awaiting the GF Oz brunching posts 😛

  18. 12th May 2017 / 12:30

    Glad to have you back!! Can’t believe you’re in Sydney! Seems like you’re enjoying so far, and I can’t wait to hear more about it. When I moved to Chile I didn’t bring many warm clothes either the first year. For some reason I just assumed it would always be warm hehe

  19. 12th May 2017 / 19:25

    Ah Australian brunches are the stuff of legend! Enjoy Sydney 🙂

  20. 13th May 2017 / 10:36

    You have arrives! YES to ice cream no matter the weather. I want to hop on a plane just to meet you for that brunch! Can’t wait to read about your new adventures!!

  21. 14th May 2017 / 01:19

    Yeah was is that about, Bloglovin??! I was shocked when I saw that new update and why would anyone even be interested in seeing who read their post? Urgh. Anyhow, looks like you’ve explored quite a few nice places in Australia so far despite the boring paperwork you had to go through. Cheers to many more adventures to come 🙂

  22. 15th May 2017 / 07:51

    Glad you’re here and settling in! 🙂 I tend to think ice cream is a year-round thing but I guess it doesn’t get that cold here in Brisbane.

    Shame you’re finding it cold! While we are definitely getting out the jeans and cardigans it’s still quite warm in the middle of the day and the layers are peeled off, haha!

  23. 17th May 2017 / 17:26

    Aw so many wonderful things! First, all the ice cream, life is too short! Also, I’m a big fan of ice cream when it’s cold cause it doesn’t melt everywhere! Two,I think I’ll be following your lead. I’ve slowly given up on Bloglovin which means that my blog reading has fallen behind 🙁 three, do you know how happy I am for you?? Sydney looks fantastic and you already seem like you’re making the most of it and I’m excited to read more on what’s to come 🙂 (ps totally get you on the visa stuff, but let’s not talk about it 😉 )

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