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hello! i’m juli!

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day 2 day

day 2 day

3.27 more sun, but will it stay? Monday it was sunny so after class I decided to the coastal walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. The walk is right along the beaches, and there are also some cliff areas where you can get some absolutely gorgeous views… only if you hop the fences and ignore the CAUTION signs, which of course I did. At one point, I did sit on the edge of a cliff and was momentarily terrified when I was trying to stand up and a gust of wind came, whoops!

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I kept going on the walk and it was stunning view after view. Gordon’s Bay was a tiny little cove with disheveled boats along the beach, and then there was a detour so I had to walk through Waverly Cemetary, which was creepy, but also insanely beautiful. Finally I arrived at Bronte Beach, and since I have already hung out at Bondi multiple times, I decided to cut my walk short and try out a new beach. This beach was smaller, and quiet so I laid out my towel and actually fell asleep immediately. It was a nice nap, but the wind was still really strong and making me cold so I decided to head home.

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3.28/29class

RIP sunshine, it was pouring Tuesday and Wednesday.

3.30 rainy Thursday

I woke up to rain, again, so I walked around the mall and Bondi Junciton for a bit to kill some time. Eva and I got lattes and a muffin at a really cute coffee shop within the mall, and for the first time ever, I got latte art on my chai tea latte, it was so purty!!

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As the rain continued, we ventured to the Olympic Park outside of Sydney to watch a rugby game that TEAN had coordinated for us. It was cold and dreary but also really exciting to be in the Olympic area, the stadium was huuuuuggggeeeee but completely empty, definitely did not meet the standards of game days in the big house at Michigan by any means. Despite the rain, we watched some rugby (not understanding the rules one bit) and we eventually snuck upstairs to the fourth floor VIP-ish area and snagged some dry spots, which saved the day.

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3.31SUN HAS ARRIVED

THE SUN HAS RETURNED!!!!

It was a happy day waking up to (semi) clear skies. As many of our friends were going on a wine tour, Eva and I took the day to explore around Sydney. We started our day heading up to Watson’s Bay, it was a 40 minute bus ride but once we got there the bay was so chill. You could see the Sydney skyline from the beach, but the beach of Watson’s bay only extended a few feet before the water came up, so there wasn’t much space to lay out and enjoy the sun, so we kept walking.

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We went to the next beach 5 minutes away called Camp Cove and it was this super cute secluded beach. There was a little gazebo out into the water, where there was a whole production crew shooting a scene for something. The scene looked pretty dumb, but it was funny to watch from a distance.

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Eva and I laid out our towels at this and hung out at the beach for about 2 hours just chatting and enjoying the rare sun and the beautiful view. The beach was empty and it was so nice it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, until some rando guy came and plopped down literally 5 five away from our towels giving us weird looks, so we decided we were getting a little toasted from the sun and left.

We headed back to Watson’s Bay where we caught the ferry to Circular Quay (pronounced Key) which is the Sydney Harbour/Opera House area, where we decided to grab some lunch. Eva ordered a VIRGIN pina colada which absolutely killed me considering, we are legal here and she is 21. Our lunch was decent, nothing to write home about (haha get it), and afterwards we headed back to our apartment. We chilled and cooked dinner later that night, and ended up having a chill night at home.

4.1 April Fooooools

Today I was in charge of my professional frats snapchat, so I was determined to make the day as action packed as possible and show everybody back home a virtual tour of Sydney. Eva joined me and we were on our way to the first stop, the Opera House. Again, it was a beautiful day so we walked and took some pics, and spontaneously decided to get some mimosas at the Opera Bar, and they were damn delicious. Since we hadn’t even eaten breakfast yet, we both got a lil buzzed off the cocktail which was quite comical.

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Our next stop of the day was Burgapalooza. Eva heard about this food festival from some other girls in our program, and I honestly couldn’t think of a food festival more up my alley. So we got our booties down there and were so ready for some amazing burgers. We got there early enough that we got our first round of burgers within 10 minutes. I got a burger with cheddar, bacon, gravy, and hash browns and it was TO DIE FOR. If I could eat one burger for the rest of my life, it would probably be that one. I INHALED IT. I loved it so much, that I almost got a second, but then decided to try something different, like banana donut fries that were, again, to die for. So amazing, so full, so great.

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After the fair we headed home, I rested and digested for a bit before I decided that I needed to go on a run because of all the food I had consumed. So I attempted a run, it wasn’t a very successful run, as my headphones died two minutes in and it was mostly down hill, but hey I got out of the apartment. I ran to the beach and sat there for a while to relax, before taking a bus back home (lol this is the way to run).

That night, Eva and I were on our own, as mostly everyone we knew wanted to go to a casino, and if you know me and my brother Jonathan, youll know I’m not a huge fan of casinos, and have to save up all the casino juices for the ONE day I will go with him this summer now since I will be 21.

4.2 brunch and a boring day

This morning, Jess, Eva and I decided to get brunch at Bondi Beach at a place called Speedo’s Café. We waited 20 minutes for a table/bar seating at the window where I ordered a beautiful smoothie bowl. Even though it was stunning, the bowl was not filling whatsoever, and tbh, not as good as the cheap acai bowls I get at the lunch stands. Other than brunch, it was a lazy day and we hung out and did homework.

Sundays are such lazy days, especially when its cloudy and gloomy.... is that how Sydney normally is?? let me know haha

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chill week down unda

chill week down unda