Salt water, Sunsets & Sombreros

This was one of those weekends where I had myself thinking,  gosh this was soooooo the right decision to make!

A Saturday morning at the beach, lapping up the vitamin D and watching the waves crash in…

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Followed by an afternoon of BBQ’d kangaroo (actually quite yum), sunsets over Sydney Harbour Bridge and the opera house, and an evening in an Irish pub singing Christmas songs…

 

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And then finally a Sunday of Mexican cooking and more Christmas festivities…

 

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It’s safe to say, six weeks in and I’m quite the fan of this new Sydney life!

 

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It’s definitely NOT beginning to look at lot like Christmas

Let me start this post by sharing what is so far my favourite Christmas ad of 2016…

 

I love this, not just because I am a comms nerd, and not just because it means I’ve been reacquainted with our dear friend Ronan Keating (don’t even pretend that he wasn’t the Harry Styles of the 90’s), but because it sums up EXACTLY how I feel about the festive season over here.

It’s not about snow, and mulled wine, and sleigh bells, and reindeer, and holly, and Christmas jumpers, and thick socks, and cosy fireplaces and hearty Christmas day eating….

It’s about the arrival of summer, and sunshine, and 30 degree temperatures, and ice-cream, and flip flops (thongs or jangles if you will) and a Christmas day swim on Bondi Beach before demolishing a bucket of prawns on the barbie.

Don’t get me wrong, there are Christmas trees, and presents, and a feeling of merriment and joy and sharing with the people you love- but it just doesn’t feel right to be basing Christmas festivities in the Southern Hemisphere on an American/ European ideal (which quite frankly is aspirational at best, let’s face it… I can’t remember a white Christmas ever). The David Jones window display of animatronic polar bears on an Arctic production line, and the echoed tones of ‘Silent Night’ bellowing over Pyrmont Bridge are all well and festive- but that’s not the reality of the Christmas experience over here- so why is everything entrenched in it!

I love that AirNZ have taken this idea and used it for the basis of their ad. It’s a much more genuine representation of what Christmas down under seems to be all about.

Although who am I kidding, much as I’m all for beaches, and sunshine and a calamari Christmas lunch, I don’t think I will ever loose the uncontrollable excitement of the process of putting together our house Christmas tree- as evident from the below.

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Australian focus groups, a new home, Christmas parties and being a boss lady at building things

What bloody a week!

  • Summer has officially begun in Australia (it all kicks off from 1st December apparently!)
  • I successfully ran my first Australian focus groups- and things went pretty darn well!
  • I’ve had TWO back to back Christmas parties (first the group party- a fun filled champagne fest, on a roof terrace looking out over Darling Harbour, the second my company party, again champagne fueled but this time based on the famous Bondi Beach)
  • I’ve spent my third night in as many weeks at The Bucket List in Bondi- I’m starting to feel like a genuine local…
  • I’ve spent an amazing day with my new colleagues,  reflecting on the year they’ve had and getting excited about the future
  • I’ve moved into my new house- I’m officially a Coogee resident- and it really is incredible, I feel like I’ve hit the house jackpot
  • I’ve once again taken the title of Queen of Ikea- today building a MASSIVE dining table, and then a bed (the bed was the wrong size for the mattress, but I’m overlooking those details for now)
  • I’ve had a lovely day spending time with my fabulous new housemates in my fabulous new house, all finished off with a great big platter of cheese

I’ve been here for three weeks now, and it may sound cliche but things just keep getting better. I’m really feeling so much more settled and comfortable with life down under. And I’ve rediscovered my love for Crowded House. Which is probably my highlight of a pretty fab week.

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