My Saturday (Of Many) Spent In Sydney

Sadly, did not buy these sunglasses

Sadly, did not buy these sunglasses

So believe it or not, this past weekend was the first weekend I have had since I’ve arrived in Australia to spend in Sydney. I know - seems crazy considering that I am living abroad in Sydney, but if you know me personally, you know I have to keep busy. And for some reason, that meant for the past few weekends, I was exploring with my luggage.

However, this weekend I got to spend it exploring my new, beautiful, home for the next couple of months. I was really looking forward to roam with no schedule so here is how I spent my Saturday this weekend :)


First stop: Glebe Market

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After a very long night Friday, I was able to sleep in (because we all know my body likes to veto that concept) and I woke up to the radiant sunshine of Sydney, Australia. And you know what that means? The perfect weather to check out a local, artisan market :)

Some new friends that I had made from Surf Camp the previous weekend met up with me at Glebe Market right by the Broadway Mall. We couldn’t fight our shopping bug any longer and what’s a better way to satisfy that urge other than some bargain shopping?!

This market was PACKED, with booth after booth of clothing, jewelry, homemade ceramic mugs/tumblers, plants - you name it, it was there! I absolutely love wandering from each vendor and getting a chance to talk to the owners. It probably is from my upbringing and exposure to small business, but NOTHING beats having a chance to learn about a product one-on-one. I must be old fashion, but I like to learn about the voice behind the product and get to know the people running the show. And markets like this are the best place to receive all of that :)

This is at the plant stand where I left my scrunchies :-)

This is at the plant stand where I left my scrunchies :-)

I won’t bore you all with every detail of my experience exploring Glebe Market, but I did lose my scrunchies (yes, scrunchies - a girl’s gotta be cute) I bought (but found it! Thank you plant stand people!) This is just a reminder that we are all human and I need to be better about not placing things down on random tables :)


Second Stop: AFL Game

My study abroad program - IFSA - has been more than generous in giving us students opportunities to experience Australian culture for free. This time around, we got free tickets to an AFL game: Sydney Swans vs. St. Kilda Saint. I have no idea how the game works, nor the rules that are used, but hey - when in Sydney! I am embarrassed to admit though that even after sitting through the entire game…I still have no idea why they are allowed to kick AND throw the ball…in a circular field but I am gonna say that it is a mixture of American football and soccer. Regardless of my lack of knowledge, the game was still a blast - even with seats in the direct sunlight. Hopefully, by the time I return the the States, I will be more knowledge and useful when it comes to Australian sports ;)

Sydney Swans won!

Sydney Swans won!


Third Stop: Eden Bondi

Anna and I living our best life

Anna and I living our best life

One of my friends who shares my love for healthy eating, made reservations at Eden Bondi while we were at Surf Camp last weekend due to her following of the owner’s podcast. Originally, opening night was Wednesday, but the restaurant ended up not opening until Saturday and our GNO date night was moved. However, from this, we were given free drinks and desserts, so as you can imagine, four girls on abroad were VERY excited to check out this new hot spot.

Simon J Hill!

Simon J Hill!

Eden Bondi serves all vegan options on their menus, ranging from pizza, poke bowl appetizers, spag bol, and “fish” taco bowls. Needless to say, we were living our best life with our meals, and free gifts. We spent FOUR hours, talking, laughing and sharing stories over yummy food. Our waitress named Shannon did SUCH an excellent job as she conversed with us and gave us up tips for exploring Bondi. She is originally from Canada, but came over to Australia for a year on exchange to work and emerge herself in a new environment. I am so thankful for all these opportunities to meet new people and learn about their stories. We even got to meet Simon J Hill himself and he gave us another free drink! Here I go about the small businesses…but they are addicting! Just from this experience, I already started listening to his podcast. Customer relationship building worked y’all ;)


As I am writing this, my exhaustion is hitting me pretty hard. Today, I spent the day catching up on my “to-dos” while exploring Surry Hills but because I am keeping myself so busy, I sometimes find it hard letting myself just ~chill~. So it’s about time for me to crash and relax folks. Can’t forget to take care of myself too. Thanks y’all for reading!

EGE

TravelEmma Ecklin