Home Away From Home

Last Friday I flew to Sydney to spend the weekend with my Josh. We planned to celebrate our anniversary, his graduation from CSO training, and Valentine’s day all in one weekend. I’m pretty familiar with Sydney, having lived there when I was younger. I adore the culture, the city, and of course the beaches.

When I arrived in Sydney, Josh’s family picked me up and drove us to his base. I’ve been to a number of military bases, having a Father in the Army, but I was amazed by the beautiful location of HMAS Watson. The views are out of this world.


HMAS Watson. Dress from Ruby Matisse Boutique.

It was a proud moment for all of us, seeing Josh graduate after so much hard work. It was also nice to see where he spends all of his time.

After the ceremony we went to Bondi for lunch with the family. We had a lovely lunch at ‘Hurricanes’, then went home to get ready for celebration drinks.

Celebration drinks were at ‘Hugo’s Lounge’ in Kings Cross. We had free drinks from 5pm-8pm, so everybody was feeling pretty dandy by the end of the night. It was interesting to put faces to the names of Josh’s navy friends. There are certainly some characters in that group! 😉

On Saturday, Valentine’s Day, we both felt worse for wear. But we dragged ourselves out of bed and drove to Crows Nest for Breakfast. We settled in at a cafe called ‘Fresh’, where the food definitely lived up to the name.


Avocado and Portobello Mushrooms on Sourdough

After breakfast we hit the beach. We set up a tent at Camp Cove and then adventured up to Lady Bay – infamous Sydney nude beach. The bay itself is a beautiful, secluded little beach complete with it’s own miniature waterfall. We swam, chatted, and relaxed for hours. (Sorry, no photos of us naked!)


Camp Cove, Watson’s Bay



That night, Josh took me out for Valentine’s day dinner. He’d booked a table at ‘Yulli’s’, a vegetarian restaurant in Surry Hills. The place was beautiful, with a very trendy and alternative feel. There were plenty of vegan options, and the food was beyond belief.

After dinner, Josh’s parents took us out for drinks at ‘The Oaks Hotel’ in Neutral Bay. This place was stunning. The outdoor area is roofed by a huge tree covered in fairy lights. The perfect place for a lovely double date!


‘The Oaks Hotel’ Neutral Bay

On Sunday morning, we went to breakfast with Josh’s parents. We ate at a beautiful cafe on the river in Roseville, their home suburb. It’s a really lovely place to live, and I’m excited to be a able to explore it further.

After breakfast, Josh and I then decided to head off on a city adventure. We parked at Rose Bay and caught a ferry over to Circular Quay.

IMG_0397The Harbour Bridge

By the time we arrived in the city, it was time to eat again. We decided to make our way to ‘Lord of the Fries’, as neither of us had eaten there before. It took us 20 minutes of walking in disgustingly hot weather, but we finally found it. We both had vegan hotdogs and chips, and it was glorious.


‘Lord of the Fries’


Not pictured: vegan hot dogs (we were too excited to wait)

After we’d filled our bellies, we spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the harbour. We caught a ferry back to Rose Bay, and then it was time for our weekend to come to an end.

All in all, it was a beautiful weekend. We had amazing food, good company, fun adventures, and way too many drinks. I’m so glad that we were able to spend some time with Josh’s family. It’s difficult to build a relationship with your partner’s parents when you live in another state. But the Angels have let me into their home and truly made me feel like part of the family.

I adore being able to explore new places, and Sydney is such an amazing city with so many things to see. I’m really looking forward to spending more time there this year.

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