Since arriving in Australia five weeks ago, we've been told over and over to check out the northern beaches of Sydney. Ollie was a little hesitant to make the drive as you have to cross the city in order to get there (and truthfully, he was right in his hesitation because we were stuck in traffic for over 2 hours) but I'm so glad that we got to check out this new area that I had never been to.
We had one mishap after another during the entire day, but these couple of hours at the beach more than made up for it. It feels like a completely different place, with the sand being more of a red color, the water that bit deeper of a blue and the towns being a little more peaceful. Once again, we were one of about 5 people on the entire beach and it was heaven. Just a word of warning though -- don't make the drive back across the bridge during peak hour traffic. It's no fun. Also, carry cash with you at all times -- too many places don't accept cards here.
I don't know what it is about the ocean but somehow it melts all my stresses away. My irritation levels were on high that morning, with my phone not working properly after paying $220 to have the screen repaired (don't break your phone in Australia!), being hungry and unable to buy any food because we didn't have actual cash on us and finding that the beach was windier and colder than expected after making the long drive. But the second that we sat down on that beach, we were at peace. We happily shared our bag of chips and energy drinks while we watched the waves. Suddenly, it didn't feel cold or windy anymore and we played in the waves and felt like kids again.
After being at the beaches, Ollie and I are beginning to question our decision to move on to Thailand at the end of the week. I know there's plenty more beauty to be seen there, but it seems like such a shame to leave just as it's getting into summer here. We might just have to plan a trip back sooner than we thought!
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