I'm a total city girl at heart. Everything feels so much more alive and there's always something to do, whether it's shopping, eating out or enjoying the nightlife. Once in a while, however, it's nice to get away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of the city and visit the scenic countryside to enjoy the more simple pleasures in life.
A few weeks ago, my friend Tahleah organised us an overnight stay in The Blue Mountains region, which is about a two hour drive outside of Sydney. We stayed in a little town called Katoomba, where I fell in love with all the gorgeous moonstone jewellery in one of the many really nice vintage shops. When we first arrived, we went to go see The Three Sisters, which are a well known rock formation in New South Wales. I suppose it doesn't seem like much, but the views were incredible, and hey, it's one of those touristy things to tick off the list! We then grabbed some lunch at a café, which overlooked the bush, before checking in to our hotel. For dinner, we enjoyed some delicious Thai food at a local restaurant and then went back to the hotel to watch Bridesmaids, while drinking tea and eating too many lollies.
The next day, we visited another café for brunch, where I had some super delicious nachos and warm apple cider. We then went driving around The Blue Mountains region, stopping to take photos of the landscapes. We had a morbid conversation about getting lost in The Blue Mountains and talked about how we could never live in a small town. I will never understand how those country folk do it. We took a long drive to see the botanical gardens, which ended up being a fail because it's winter and nothing is alive. Silly me was expecting beautiful and brightly coloured blooming flowers! Nevertheless, we wandered around the gardens and even though there wasn't a whole lot to see, it was a gorgeous sunny day (but still cold!) and it was nice to be outside.
Our final pitstop before heading back into the city was a chocolate café, where we drank some really neat hot chocolate. Underneath the mug/cup thing (I'm not sure what to call it!) is a tealight candle, which keeps the milk warm and the melts the chocolate buttons. You drink the hot chocolate through a metal straw, which is also the stirrer, and as you reach the bottom, you continuously pour in the milk and add in the chocolate until obviously, you have none left.
I'm definitely not used to living in an overly crowded city, so it was quite nice to escape and enjoy some peace and quiet. I could never stay there for an extended period of time, but when I do venture out of the city, I think I can appreciate it more.
Are you a city or country person?