Sydney Australia

Visiting Australia has always been on my list, so when my friends moved there it was a perfect excuse to go visit. Not only did I get to spend some quality time with them, I got to see some amazing spots in, and just outside Sydney. I visited in November (which is their spring) and the weather was just what I needed from our Seattle gray skies. I even missed the first snowfall while I was away!

There is so much to see there, and it just makes me want to go back and see more of their amazing country. Here are just a few of the highlights of my trip.

 

Beaches

Australia is known for their gorgeous beaches, and I wasn’t about to miss them while I was there. The first weekend we headed out to Bondi Beach for the Sculpture by the Sea art walk. We walked the coastal walk to Coogee Beach and rewarded ourselves with a drink. :)

 

Blue Mountains

I spent a few nights out in Katoomba to see the Blue Mountains. What a beautiful place it is! The first day I took a short hike starting at Echo Point, looking out at the Three Sisters, then down the Giant Stairway, around Three Sisters Point, then up the Furber Steps. To finish the round trip, I walked along the Prince Henry Cliff Walk back to Echo Point. Whew!! It was close to 2,000 stairs. I must have been out of my mind. Thank goodness I had a massage scheduled afterwards. It was a real treat.

 

Jenolan Caves

The second day out at the Blue Mountains I was able to tour two caves at the Jenolan Caves, which ended up being a little over 1,000 stairs. Who knew I would be doing a stair master workout in this trip? These caves were spectacular. They were also throwback lessons from Geology 101 class from our tour guides.

 

Royal National Park

We originally had intentions to hike to the Figure Eight Pool but once we arrived at the park the big giant sign that said “Figure Eight Pool – DANGEROUS SWELLS” deterred us. We didn’t want to get swept away into the ocean.

We ended up doing the Coast Track starting at Bundeena, to the Balconies, and finally reaching the Wedding Cake Rocks. This walk was absolutely gorgeous. The variance of the rock cliffs was amazing, and the views (despite being windy and cloudy) were gorgeous.

 

Markets

While traveling I always love a good market. We went to a few while I was in Sydney. The Rocks Market, Sydney Fish Market, and the Carriageworks Farmers Market.

Carriageworks was more like a Saturday Farmers Market, whereas the Rocks Market had more art and collectibles. We had a great time checking out the vendors, slipping into some of the neighborhood shops, and breaking for tea and lammingtons. :)

 

The Melbourne Cup

My friend forewarned me about this event, so I brought a dress in advance. But once I arrived in Sydney I needed to find a fascinator to wear atop my head for this affair. We found one at the Rocks Market that was slightly pricey…but buying it from the sweetest lady who handcrafted it was well worth it. Who knew this soirée existed!

 

Palm Beach

My last weekend, we day tripped out to Palm Beach. My neighbors back home gave me some tips…and it was well worth it! We had a beautiful lunch at The Boathouse on the water, then did a short hike up to the Barrenjoy Lighthouse to see the incredible view.

 

Shopping

I didn’t do tons of shopping while I was in Sydney, but I did find three shops that were my favorite.

  • Sorry Thanks I Love You carried some of the most beautiful local artists, and grabbed my attention by their simple display and layout.
  • Uashmama makes handbags, accessories, and home goods out of washable paper. Yes…washable paper. See what I did with my Uashmama paper bags when I got home. :)
  • On our way to find a bookstore, we stopped by this cute fabric and knitting shop. I picked up some adorable fabric that I can’t wait to craft into something amazing.

I can’t wait to go back to this lovely country to explore more!

Party like it’s 1988

I’m not ashamed to tell you all that I’m proudly going to the NYOTB, Paula Abdul, and Boys II Men concert tonight with my lifelong girlfriends. :)

When I heard the NKOTB was coming to concert, I texted my friends and said “I don’t care that I’m turning 43. It’s my birthday and we’re going to this concert and dance like it’s 1988!” So here we are…29 years later…going to the NKOTB concert AGAIN. Yep. We went to the NYOTB concert together back in 1988 when they performed at the Puyallup Fair.

Tonight we will be reminiscing about old memories, as well as making new ones. So in honor of birthdays…I’ve created my Party Playlist. One song from each year I’ve been on this earth (with a bonus song from the year of my birth.) Some of the years the picks were easy, and some were hard (especially the mid-80’s.) So many songs. So many memories.

So download Spotify, and follow KT’s Party Playlist! Get ready to get your dance on!

1974 – The Steve Miller Band, The Joker

1975 – Captain & Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together

1976 – Boston, More Than a Feeling

1977 – The Commodores, Brick House

1978 – The Cars, My Best Friend’s Girl

1979 – Michael Jackson, Rock With You

1980 – Kool and the Gang, Celebration

1981 – Human League, Don’t You Want Me

1982 – Madness, Our House

1983 – Human League, (Keep Feeling) Fascination

1984 – Kenny Loggins, Footloose

1985 – Madonna, Into the Groove

1986 – Beastie Boys, Brass Monkey

1987 – Def Leppard, Hysteria

1988 – New Kids on the Block, You Got It (The Right Stuff)

1989 – Young MC, Bust A Move

1990 – Bel Biv Devoe, Poison

1991 – Arrested Development, Tennessee

1992 – Beastie Boys, So What’Cha Want

1993 – Pearl Jam, Daughter

1994 – Warren G (featuring Nate Dogg), Regulate

1995 – New Edition, Hit Me Off

1996 – Blackstreet, No Diggity

1997 – Notorious B.I.G, Mo Money Mo Problems

1998 – Britney Spears, Baby One More Time

1999 – Montell Jordan, Get It On Tonite

2000 – U2, Beautiful Day

2001 – Janet Jackson, All For You

2002 – Craig David, 7 Days

2003 – Black Eyed Peas, Let’s Get It Started

2004 – Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris, Yeah!

2005 – Missy Elliot (feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop), Lose Control

2006 – Justin Timberlake, Sexyback

2007 – Chris Brown, Kiss Kiss

2008 – Beyoncé, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

2009 – The Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling

2010 – Usher (feat. will.i.am), OMG

2011 – Katy Perry, Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)

2012 – Macklamore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz), Thrift Shop

2013 – Pharrell Williams, Happy

2014 – Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars), Uptown Funk

2015 – Drake, Hotline Bling

2016 – Justin Timberlake, Can’t Stop the Feeling

2017 – Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

 

BTW…my favorite New Kid was Jordan. :)