Two weeks ago, I paid a little trip to Sydney with my sister to see the Vivid Sydney Festival. It's something I've been wanting to do for a few years now and this year, I decided to go for it as I don't know when my next chance to go would have been. Around this time next year, I'm hoping that if I can get tickets to Coachella, I'll be in the US! We'll see how that goes though. Vivid Sydney is a Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, and each year from late May to early June, Circular Quay and the surrounding area is beautifully lit up, displaying a spectacular show of imagery and animation projected onto the Sydney Opera House and other buildings, with it being accompanied by music. There's sculptures, food and heaps of other artistic cool stuff going on too and it's not everyday that something this amazing is totally free to the public. There's also Vivid Live, where you can attend shows at the Opera House, but those are not free and there were no bands I wanted to see this year, anyway. In the past, bands such as Cut Copy, The Cure, Bat For Lashes, Florence + The Machine and Kraftwerk have all performed for the festival, but unfortunately, I missed out on those. One day I'll attend a music gig at the Opera House though. One day.
In case you didn't know, I lived in Sydney for a few months last year interning at a digital marketing agency. Living out of home and across the other side of the country to a city I'd never been to on my own was an experience I'll never forget, and as I returned back to Sydney, a part of me definitely felt at home again. Not going to lie, I kind of like to think of myself as a local now.
One of the other exciting things I got to do during my time in Sydney was meet up with my blogger girlies, Katrina and Brodie. I'd met Katrina for the first time when I was in Sydney last year, but despite having known Brodie for a few years now since the LiveJournal days, it was my first time meeting her and we all had such a great time. I've met quite a few of my online friends now and it never is as awkward as you think it's going to be. It just feels like old friends catching up and despite meeting through our common love of beauty products, we surprisingly didn't talk about makeup or blogging all that much.
In the five days I was there, a significant portion of me and my sister's trip was spent eating. During our visit, we ate yum cha at Din Tai Fung twice, finally got to dine at Jamie's Italian, eat ice cream made from liquid nitrogen at N2 Extreme Gelato, indulge in macarons and desserts from both Ladurée and Adriano Zumbo, eat one of the best burgers and share a salted caramel milkshake at Chur Burger, and while we were excited to check out the pop up Moe's Tavern and try our first Krusty Burger and Duff Beer, the bar was annoyingly too crowded to even get a table, so we instead dined at a nearby steakhouse where the cheapest was $30. And of course, no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit (or two) to Messina (the best ice cream ever) and Ippudo for some fantastic ramen.
All in all, I had a really fun time in Sydney and it was so nice to take a few days off work and everyday life. I usually wouldn't think of an interstate holiday as a big deal and despite my ever-growing wanderlust for trips overseas, sometimes you forget that there's still so much to see in your own country. Perth, however, is a really isolated city (the most, in fact), which makes it quite difficult and expensive to travel often, but hopefully once I move over east to Melbourne, I'll be able to do little weekend getaways. Australia's first Sephora store is opening in Sydney at the end of the year, so no doubt I'll be back again soon!
Naturally, I did some shopping and despite not even spending all that much, I have still come home with a good portion of my bank account missing... and 50 kilos heavier. Damn you, delicious food. My Sydney haul will be up later in the week!