Back in October, I got the wonderful opportunity to fly halfway across the globe to visit one of my dear friends, as well as attend her beautiful wedding! My whole family including my boyfriend decided to go with me on a mini vacation – my family stayed in Sydney the entire duration of the trip while my boyfriend and I headed to Melbourne the first two days for the wedding.
The journey to our destination itself was exhausting, we took a four and a half hour flight from Toronto to Vancouver and had a 2-hour layover before taking another 14-hour flight to Sydney. Mav and I were very fortunate to get a whole row to ourselves on our way to Sydney, allowing us to alternate taking full body naps. Once we landed, I barely had the chance to say goodbye to my family before we rushed for our last flight, about an hour and a half ride to Melbourne. At this point, all I really wanted was a shower and a hot cup of tea. I didn’t feel jet-lagged immediately as we took quite a lot of naps on the ride, it wasn’t until wechecked into our Airbnb that it really hit me hard.
We decided to unload our baggage first then take a walk in our neighborhood we stayed at. We wanted to save some money on public transportation and taking ubers, so we decided to walk to the marketplace nearby, which was loaded with restaurants, small shops, and clothing stores. It was actually so busy for such a small town and there was so much to do. We walked into a legitimate butchers shop which was very rare in my opinion, it had an old time feel to it and the decor seemed really antique. I ended up picking up a lamb roast to take home as we had a kitchen and a fully functioning oven and decided it would be a great little meal to have for dinner. It ended up being our breakfast because we knocked out once we got back to our home.
The next morning after breakfast, we decided to take a walk to a nearby botanical garden, about a 10-minute walk away. It wasn’t anything too spectacular compared to other gardens I have been to but it was a nice morning walk to digest the pretty big meal we had. With no real plan for the first half of our day, we aimlessly roamed the neighborhood until we found ourselves at a small beach.
The weather was a little chilly for us to take a dip so we just walked along the coast of it. They had some pretty cute slides and swings laid out across the shoreline so we played around for a bit. Coincidentally, the path we took led us back to the same marketplace we were at the night before, and right when we were about to head back home to get ready, I felt a little hungry so we stopped for a snack by Matcha Mylkbar and we ordered a few small things on the menu to fill up our bellies. Maverick ordered a smoothie called, Holy Strawberries Batman, We are in a Jam!, filled with mangoes and strawberries, and some coconut milk. I myself had the Matcha Coconut Mylk Iced Latte, and we shared a lemongrass cookie with some matcha ganache filling, and what I imagine to be a non-dairy, vegan rose cheesecake. Honestly, they weren’t bad, just a tad bit too sweet in my opinion and the lemongrass essence was overbearing. Aesthetically though, they won brownie points with me, and Maverick didn’t hate his smoothie.
Not realizing what the time was at this point, we rushed back home to prepare for my friend’s beautiful wedding. Honestly, I’m still really upset about this but when we left for the wedding, we didn’t realize what the time for rush-hour was in Melbourne and we were stuck in traffic for over an hour, just missing the wedding vows. A video will be up soon this month recapping her wedding but I’m just disappointed that I didn’t leave earlier and witness one of the most important events of their lives. We took pictures with the bride and groom, said hi to some acquaintances we’ve met online, seeing how we barely knew anyone there and drank a few drinks before the reception hall opened and we got to sit down with our table and enjoyed the speeches and food. Below our some pictures that really highlighted the wedding.
The wedding was soon coming to an end and the music started, signaling people to dance on the dance floor. I was feeling the sleep kick in heavily at this point while we waited for dessert, Maverick feeling quite restless as well. I did want to dance before I left, so I asked him if we wanted to be the first to dance and skip the dessert instead, and he agreed to do so. It was so much fun dancing, we had a guy come up to us and give us a pat on the back, telling us, well someone had to start it didn’t they? Soon after, the dance floor started to fill with people jumping to the beat of the music and we decided to call it a night. I found the bride and gave her a hug, telling her we can hang out tomorrow before we left Melbourne, and she told me she would message me. We took an uber home and fell asleep immediately.
When we woke, we decided to pack all of our things since it was our last day in Melbourne while I texted the bride to see what her plans for the day were. We ended up meeting at Queen Victoria’s market and spent some time with them and co before heading to the airport.
Before we headed off to the airport, Maverick and I got the opportunity to try some Kangaroo meat, in the form of a burger. I took a bite of it, and it honestly didn’t taste that much different from beef, just a little bit gamier in my opinion. I’m excited about my friend’s new chapter in life, and having them move to America means I’ll get the chance to see them more often. I’m so happy for them and wish them the best in their future.
We headed back to Sydney to hang out with the rest of my family for another two days. The first night we were there, my brothers wanted to go to a bar so we walked around the city for a bit before sitting down for a drink. The thing about Australia that I really liked was the night life, it was very busy even at 12 AM at night. I’m not much of a city person and I prefer living in more quiet areas, but every now and then I do enjoy the night life.
Maverick also got an ice cream while we were walking around. This is him, baffled that after he purchased his cone and walked out, they handed him a buy 1 get 1 free scoop down the street. It was a sad day for Maverick.
We got a pretty neat picture taken on some stairs. The lights just so happened to be changing underneath us as my baby brother took the shot, making it look like there was a ring of light around us.
The day after, Maverick and I spent the morning with my parents. We went to the nearby fish market, one of my dad’s favorite places. Every time we go to a new country and there’s a fish market nearby, we go see it. We decided to get some fresh seafood while we were there too, and it was a little strange eating sushi first thing in the morning but the food was so delicious.
After that we went to get my brothers out of bed and headed to an indoor zoo, before grabbing lunch at an Italian restaurant with my parents.
Maverick and I essentially ended the trip with another adventure to the Royal Botanical garden, one of my favorite things to do when I travel. The flowers were absolutely stunning and they seemed to be tended to attentively. The garden itself was huge, we spent a good two hours non-stop walking, and we didn’t even get to see the entire park. We didn’t realize it but as we were walking, we ended up finding ourselves in front of the Sydney Opera house. Seeing such an iconic structure truly was a perfect ending for our trip to Australia.
I’m so happy to have gotten this opportunity to see Australia. I hope you guys enjoyed these pictures, I can’t wait to take you to my next destination!