Despite being the shortest month of the year, I managed to pack a lot into February. We kicked off the month by waking up early and hopping on a plane to New Zealand, where we spent a week on the Routeburn (read about the trek here) and exploring everything that Queenstown has to offer (my top ten are here). Returning to a country that I have been in love with for so long was the best end to summer I could have asked for, and I’m already making plans to go back!
After NZ, we were whisked away up the coast to Bluey’s Beach for a family weekend away. Apart from developing a slight addiction to collecting shells, we did next to nothing the entire weekend but swim, play games and eat the small country’s worth of cheese and crackers that Liz had packed.
Commuting seven hours back down the coast to Coogee, I made it just in time to celebrate the end of Lyn’s 21st with her, before spending the next week making sure everything was ready for our housewarming. The night itself was messy, Hawaiian themed and hazy at best in my recollection, but I’m assured that apart from getting shut down by our (very angry) strata manager at 1am most people had a good night.
- hungover climbing with Nik
- tipsy girls nights with Jess, Ciara and Geg
- shopping to replace a stolen suitcase with mum
- chats over coffee with Mik
- massages and vegan burgers with Alice
- Pizza, beach and dairy-free Magnum evenings with Lyn
- skipping most of a house party to make friends with the cat in the laundry with Cachelin and Lucy
- impromptu dinner parties (recipes here) with Will, Lyn, Hiro and Jules
- and just having a glass of wine at the end of a long day with my siblings/housemates Will and Lyn
I ate too much pizza, attended too many house parties and drank too often. I also stayed on top of uni and my job, signed up for the Outdoors Club, spent the majority of my time with people I love and made the most of the last month of summer. Being back home surrounded by family and friends is such a luxury I’m determined never to get used to.
Here’s to a month of long evenings, purple skies, good friends and even better food. I’m leaving February more settled in Sydney, in love with where I am, the people I surround myself with and the things I choose to spend time on and excited about what the rest of 2019 holds (though Centrelink could hurry up and come through now thanks!).