Last Wednesday evening I set off through the torrential rain of Newcastle along the Pacific Highway en rout to good old Sydney town, a not-too-far destination of friends, food and parties that I’m rarely awarded a visit due to my crowded schedule and lack of available funding.
Staying with my dear friend Michelle in Edgecliff on Wednesday and Thursday nights, the primary purpose of my visit with neither friends or food, or even parties. Rather, I had agreed to do a trial at Klick Communications, where I hoped to intern the coming semester.
With the previous hectic semester behind me (yes, I survived!) I begun looking to the future and decided not to waste my lovely seven-week break (jealous?) on sleep-ins or TV-show marathons and instead prepare myself for the wonderful world of working life, that I’ll be greeting head on in just a few measly months.
My day in the office was initially a shock, mainly to my head that was no longer used to the closed-in air-conditioned environment I’d previously worked in. Tasks of performing preliminary research, perusing magazines and running for coffee filled my day and before it knew it the working hours had passed and I’d completed my trial. Crap! How did that pass so quickly? And more Importantly, how had I performed?
Tired and starving I popped into Coles on the way back to Michelle’s to buy all the ingredients required for my world famous butternut pumpkin soup (I like to say that now because I’ve made it in three different continents, always with a welcoming reception). Michelle and her housemate Eric were all too pleased to have me make them a meal after finishing work late. And I was honestly also quite happy to be eating away from home for a change – even though the meal was still home-cooked!
I spent Friday and a large part of Saturday with my brother and sister-in-law-to-be at their apartment in Hillsdale, mainly watching movies and TV-shows. Opps, didn’t I warn myself against this? Eh. Their dog Lulu kept me warm with cuddles on the couch and I was happy to have canine companionship.
Saturday afternoon I set off once again, now travelling to me friend Jeremy’s apartment in Bondi. This, by the way, was the most trekking around I’d done since my overseas trip, and I was enjoying the small adventure. Jeremy and I enjoyed a late lunch at a small café overlooking Bondi beach and I was reminded of the beauty Sydney holds. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before the wind picked up and the sun’s heat started to die off. Thus, we made our way back to the apartment.
So, maybe I lied a little: one of the reasons I stayed in Sydney was to attend my friend Simon’s housewarming gathering in Alexandria, and a party with friends and food we had! We sat on the (somewhat freezing) balcony enjoying wine and conversations until the hour stuck to catch a cab into the city.
I am lead to believe we had a great time at ARQ and Nevermind, two night clubs in Darlinghurst, where I finally let my hair loose after many months resigned as a recluse in my study at home. I believe I recall Jeremy and I hi-fiving each other when realising we were still out at 5am. A large night we had planned, and a large night we had had!
Although only reaching a few of my Sydney friends during my visit, I had a wonderful time away from home, finally opening my study window to partake in the events of the winder world around me.
Oh yeah, and I later confirmed my internship at Klick! Starting mid-July I’ll be travelling to Sydney each week to experience the eventful world of PR … and I’m sure I’ll have many more stories to divulge.
Until then, I must prepare for my brother’s upcoming wedding in Thailand. Ah, life is a little bliss right now!