A Preview of my First visit to Melbourne

When thinking of Melbourne, several things come to mind instantly. Cafes, laneways, restaurants, sports, shopping, weather... I had the pleasure of visiting this dynamic city earlier this year and I already can't wait to go back. There's plenty to see and do in Melbourne!

My one week visit to Melbourne in August was primarily for the AFL International Cup (IC). I was lucky enough to squeeze in some sight-seeing and food adventures in between footy games thanks to a couple special Melbournians (wink wink). I loved exploring the city and having the chance to reconnect with friends from back home who traveled to compete for Canada in the IC.


Rugging up to go to the snow this arvo, hoping not to stack it!

Even though Australia is an English-speaking country, at times it can seem like Aussies speak a completely different language. It definitely takes some time to get familiar with Aussie expressions and their use of short-forms. It has been entertaining to pick up on words and phrases that are unfamiliar and highlight them to my co-workers and friends. Of course, they return the favour but often they do not realize that a particular word or phrase isn't generally used outside of Australia. I highly doubt that I will leave Australia with an Aussie accent but I cannot guarantee that I won't take some words or phrases with me. This is a list I have compiled thus far, of words and phrases I hear often and my understanding of them.


Yoga by the Sea at Bondi Beach

Although yoga is about more than just the setting that you practice it in, it certainly makes a difference to the experience. Yoga has only sporadically been part of my exercise routine yet completing at least one session by the ocean was near the top of my list for my time in Australia. Prior to Australia, I've only experienced yoga in closed rooms and the occasional hard-to-find session in the park. I value yoga for its ability to improve flexibility and mental focus. Challenging poses can really test your physical and mental stamina, as well as improve your overall strength. I was excited to find a company that offered classes by the sea (at none other than Bondi Beach and the surrounding area) and at another unique location (not outdoors but still pretty neat).

Bondi Beach in the background


A Sea of Runners: Sydney's City to Surf Fun Run 2014

Bondi Beach, I told you I'd be back. This time, however, you were the reward after a 14 kilometre run from Sydney's Central Business District (aka the downtown of any city in Australia).

Who wouldn't want to run to this?