Paddington Reservoir Gardens

9th September 2015

While waiting for lunch with the boy, I was able to enjoy the peace and quiet in the Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

Situated in the middle of Paddington, next too the main road, town hall, and cute little shops and eateries, these gardens appear right below you.

The gardens are a story below walking level, allowing the sounds of the roads to diminish and the sounds of fountains, birds, and people chatting take over.

This little hidden gem offers a quiet little garden area, with old stone archways, seating areas, and bright sunshine or shade.

The old stone archways and exotic looking plants (to my American eyes) create a stillness feeling like you went back in time.

Would recommend a visit!

Sydney Eating: Rogue Cafe, Surry Hills

4th September, 2015

Michal and I decided on our weekly Sunday excursion to visit random places in Surry Hills. Apparently, it wasn’t the original one he wanted to take me too, but we stumbled upon this place.
Rogue Cafe is an Italian restaurant on the inside, with a courtyard covered seating for the cafe part outside.
We sat in the outdoor covered area even though it was threatening to rain.

Initial observations of the menu seemed promising.
I’m always game for some of this banana bread that is found in almost every single cafe here in Sydney. I am truly intrigued that it is always served with some sort of fancy butter too. Time to put butter on your butter bread, or so I’ve been told that is how these Ozzie’s do it.

So we ordered their banana bread, banana milk shake, with their special of the day: nutella banana pancakes with ice cream, and a flat white to top it off.

Everything seemed to be going great. We got our milkshake relatively quickly, and the pancakes then followed.
I enjoyed the milkshake a lot, it was flavored well, but I cannot get over that milkshakes are not very thick, they are just flavored milk.
The pancakes were the only redeeming factor, they were delicious. I would definitely go back to have them again. Perfect fluffiness and toppings, bananas and nutella, with just the right amount of ice cream, so good.

Then it went downhill from there.

They forgot about us. It was about 70% full when we got there, and everyone seemed to slowly leave, and it was down to may 20% full by the time we finished our pancakes.
Then we waited some more. Contemplated leaving… and then we finally asked. And they had forgotten about us.
It came out pretty quickly after that, the banana bread was very good, however Michal said the coffee was not up to his taste. But I couldn’t tell…

Anyway, they apologized for forgetting about us, and didn’t charge us for the coffee. But we were disappointed, especially after how good those pancakes were. I would go back for them, but not for anything else, especially how poor the service was.

Sydney Living: I moved

I moved to Sydney… 6 weeks ago!

Life here is new, different, strange, exotic, and even more emotions and feelings I can’t even describe right now.

Life moves on. I grow and change and adapt to my surroundings each day as I find myself… living… here now.

Currently I am managing casual work as a registered nurse, living close to my boyfriend, and figuring out what to do with all the other times during the day. I’m trying to stay occupied, finally able to do the things I haven’t been able to do all year (it is a long process to move internationally).

I finally caught up with all of my photos, especially the big one, my trip to Japan last May. Finally finished editing that monster of a project.

I am getting back into reading, my “books read this year” has been a small percentage of previous years, due to the process of moving internationally.

And now I am attempting to pick up my blog! It has been so long since I have been able to write, and even think about writing. So here I am, typing away again! Hopefully I’ll get some posts out pretty regularly, I have some already in mind, and photos are ready to be posted here as well.

Life is good, it is exciting, and I am ready for trying this again!

Beach visit on my first day in Australia!

2014: January Vacation

Since I never got a vacation over the holidays, I decided to take a week off from work in January.  I was actually supposed to go to Hawaii to meet with my bestie Lara who is living in Australia at the moment, but she couldn’t go.  But I kept my vacation and instead went snowboarding with Heather and went to Cleveland with Elizabeth to see Kate.  It was a nice short break from work. (And I ended up having the worst week ever when I returned to work, but whatever.) Vacations are great, there were memories made, and time spent with the best people in the world.

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2013: Winter Months: #5 Christmas and New Years Eve

This year I had to work the holidays. Being a nurse, you don’t get off.  I worked Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Thankfully my family were able to come to my house for the holidays I had to work, so I could enjoy their company and the food after I got off work!

The holidays this year went by in a blur, the new year was upon me before I had a chance to even think. Work is awful, it takes away the time I usually get to relax with my family during this time. Oh well, next year is a new year. But these holidays were good, my family is amazing and I love them so very much!

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2013: Winter Months: #4 NYC!

Before the holiday season rolled in, I was able to go spend some time in NYC. I went with my good friend Steph and some of my camp friends on two separate occasions. These are the photos that resulted!

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Project update

The 31 days of January project is going well. I am really enjoying it.  I have taken the creative liberty of not being amazing at taking photos every day.  The photos are mediocre at best, but some I have really enjoyed taking.  The process of taking photos every day is challenging, but it is absolutely wonderful.

The photos I have taken, I love them, I love the process, I love that I have to think about taking a photo every day from the moment I wake up to the moment when I go to bed.  I see my life through my lens and I’m absolutely loving it.