Here are some snapshots of our recent excursions around Sydney. They have been fewer and far in between, but more precious each time as we know that we have little time left to explore. These are the bits that I will miss most about Sydney- bits that matter just as much if not more than the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi beach.
46 days left until we leave this city. Yes, the countdown has finally begun.
The last couple of months since we returned from our holiday in the US has been busy, busy busy, to say the least!
Updating this blog has been sporadic, for good reason. If you haven’t already noticed, the blog has undergone some aesthetic changes to make way for new exciting things to come which I’m about to reveal.
Quite simply, we’ve quit our jobs to travel. Where you might ask? Europe specifically, followed by Asia, bits of Middle East and possibly South America. How long? We’ve saved up enough to not work for 2 years so that’s the plan for now. Why? I’ve recently written an article on Weekend Notes on 4 Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel. And that’s just the start.
The last two months have been occupied with setting up markets stalls, selling our furniture, culling our material possessions, resigning from work, seeing family one last time, preparing paperwork for visas, booking flights, getting vaccinations, wrapping things up at work, organizing pre-travel stuff like credit card, accommodation, travel gear etc etc and the list goes on.
It’s been a trying, exciting and nerve-wrecking time with a mix of emotional highs and lows as we transition into this next phase of our lives. Keep checking back to follow us on our journey! xx
Picture from a recent trip to Melbourne to visit family. Taken with the iPhone 4 and edited with the VSCOCam app.
Well…maybe not the coldest place on earth. But certainly the coldest place I’ve ever stepped foot on. Our Harbin experience is irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind. There were moments when I thought that I would not survive the beyond freezing temperatures (we’re talking -20 to -30 degree Celsius). There were plenty of times when I lost sensation in my fingers and toes due to the extreme numbness from the icy cold.
Harbin’s ice and snow sculptures wowed me to no end. When the Chinese build, they really build. The biggest, tallest and most complicated sculptures gathered every year for the Harbin Ice Festival and we got to see it.
The Siberian Tiger Park was in itself an adventure of a lifetime. Imagine being in the cage this time, and having 500 pound tigers roaming around you.
We also walked on the frozen Songhua river. In fact, I jumped on it. And we watched brave souls swim in the pool while we were wrapped up in layers and layers of winter clothing.
Harbin was worth it even though I almost died (or so I felt). But I don’t think I’ll ever go back again.