And I am back!!! I hope the blog was missed while I was gone. I sure missed writing it and even though it was never my plan to let a month go by before I put up a new post, it happened and I have no regrets. Although the pre-vacation version of myself was quite unrealistic and had solid plans of publishing at least a few posts while on holiday, the on-vacation version found the idea ridiculous. And also, there were not enough hours in the day! We spent the mornings lazing around the apartment and then scouring the streets of Sydney until sun down, only to return home so BabyZ can have a good night’s rest and we can fall asleep on the couch while watching TV. It was idyllic.
The flight to Sydney was literally a nightmare. The flight attendants declared BabyZ too big for the bassinet and even though we were very fortunate to have an unoccupied seat next to us, she couldn’t figure out how to sleep in it. As a result of this, she didn’t sleep at all, which means that we didn’t sleep at all. I don’t remember very well now on account of being all groggy from sleeplessness, but I think at one point I was crying. But the good thing was that she remained in a pleasant mood throughout the flight and we didn’t get any annoyed looks from our fellow passengers. The flight back was easier. She slept for a good five hours at a stretch and spent the rest of the time playing on her tablet, pooping and smearing food on herself. That was fun.
We stayed in Australia for twenty days and even though it is not financially viable to spend so much holiday time in a city as expensive as Sydney, I found that this timeline really worked to make the vacation more enjoyable. We took it really easy during the first few days while we recovered from our jet lag and made the apartment our own. Once we were feeling normal, there still was no pressure to see and experience everything in a matter of days. This meant a lot of leisurely strolls through the city, spending hours in places that interested us and also visiting our favorite spots more than once. And not to mention, lots of time for shopping.
We had rented a one bedroom apartment in North Sydney through Airbnb, which if you ask me, is the best thing since sliced bread. Airbnb has really revolutionized the way families with young kids can travel. We were able to find the perfect apartment in a very happening neighborhood without breaking the bank. The apartment had everything we might need during our holiday down to cooking essentials. And since we were renting from a family with a little girl of their own, there was also an awesome crib and lots of toys and books. A cleaning crew visited twice during our stay and gave the place a thorough scrub. Most days we ate Turkish or Lebanese street food but when my maternal guilt kicked in, I also cooked a few healthy meals for my daughter. The building we were staying in also had a well-equipped gym on the top floor, which obviously we never bothered to step into.
All in all, it was a great vacation. We explored the city at a pace that suited our daughter, mastered the public transport system of Sydney, ate a lot without gaining weight and reconnected with some genuinely nice cousins both me and The Husband have in that part of the world. Our daughter traveled by a train and a ferry for the first time in her life, learnt to fall asleep in a stroller, ate more lollipops than she would ever have in a year and discovered that I turn into The Hulk if she decides to rest on the disgusting toilet floor. Not bad for twenty days. And even though I am happy to return to the comforts of my home, I am missing the cool, sunshine of Sydney and the luxury of staying outdoors for hours. My daughter too has gotten so used to going out every day that she is finding it a bit difficult to adjust to our home life here. And while we are still in the hangover of our lovely vacation, here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading. Cheers!