After being in the middle of nowhere in the Outback – literally Down Under and hours away from proper civilisation, it was great to go back to the city but not straight to the busy centre. I really fell in love with Bondi Beach in that week and I’ll keep coming back here because the vibe is just amazing!
From my hostel in Alice Springs I took a Shuttle to the airport and almost thought I would miss my flight because the shuttle had so many other stops at different hostels and I only arrived one hour before my flight departure and almost thought I would miss my flight. But as the airport in Alice is fairly small I made it to the gate quickly (there are only two :D ) and flew with a stopover in Melbourne to Sydney.
The flight from Melbourne to Sydney was the shortest I ever had. We started, got drinks and a little snack (which was super delicious! A little pizza bread which was so fluffy and yum with mushrooms and cheese) and then we landed already.
I took the bus to my hostel in Bondi Beach where I wanted to stay for a week with Meike (one of the German girls I met on the Great Ocean Road Tour) and just relax.
So we met right away and went to have Thai food for dinner at Thai Na Box which was super delicious. You can create your own Thai bowl with different bases, sauces, veggies and proteins and I got rice noodles with veggies and tofu in a sweet & spicy sauce.
Afterwards, we treated ourselves with two scoops of Ben & Jerry’s to share in the celebration of our reunion. It’s so nice that they have B&J’s stores here so you can try all kinds of flavours without buying a whole tube and they also let you try before you order something (which isn’t common in Europe but it’s so convenient because then you are 100% sure you like a new flavour when you order it)
The Ice Cream prices here in Australia are crazy! One scoop costs around 5-6$ (3,50€) and every additional scoop is one dollar more. So Ben & Jerry’s isn’t more expensive than any other ice cream place, they are all freaking expensive. But I have to say that they also always taste really really good and they have a lot of different flavours that you won’t get in Europe usually (for example white chocolate macadamia nut, yogurt caramel, Belgian chocolate brownie, salted caramel nut and more).
I tested a few spots until now and I would say that the chain ‚Gelato Messina‘ has the best Ice Cream here! (Yes! Even better than Ben & Jerry’s in my opinion)
I decided to go running at the beach promenade and I fell in love with Bondi right away. So many sportive people: lots of runners, people working out at a little “muscle beach” and a lot of surfers obviously.
The whole vibe in Bondi is very healthy & sportive, but chic at the same time and I totally fell for it! If I would have to choose somewhere to live in Australia (from what I saw until now) I would choose Bondi for sure!
As the weather was bomb that day Meike and I had a wonderful beach day. We just laid in the sand, enjoyed the sun, relaxed, read and I went in the water once to cool down.
Afterwards, we went grocery shopping and made our typical dish: yummy healthy wraps, that we always ate together in Adelaide as well.
On Wednesday I went for a run again, as all the healthy fit people motivate me to workout myself. After a big breakfast, Meike and I strolled around the cute boutiques in Bondi and couldn’t help ourselves to not spend money.
I bought some sunglasses from a Vintage store because I needed a pair with good UV protection to protect my eyes from the strong Australian sun.
Most stores in Bondi are small unique boutiques, but they also have a few typical brands you can find everywhere in Australia as well.
I fell in love with a workout brand called “NIMBLE” that sell the softest tights and prettiest sports bras and everything has an amazing quality. As I needed some thin leggings anyways (because I only have thick winter leggings) I spoiled myself with a pair and now I live in them – so the 90$ (55€) where totally worth it. I literally wear these pants every single day!
Meike and I also saw hundreds of pretty bikinis and I already know that I will buy one or two in the upcoming year – but only when they are on sale.
Thursday Meike joined me with a beach run in the sand (that made our legs burn!) and a quick bodyweight workout afterwards in the grass.
I am really happy that I still get to exercise frequently on my travels to stay in shape and don’t lose my fitness completely, even though it can be hard to find a good place to smash a workout as you don’t have any private space, but it’s definitely possible!
Afterwards, we decided to just go for it and have an amazing brunch at UMU in Bondi. There are soo many awesome cafés here in Bondi and we couldn’t help ourselves not testing them and enjoying their amazing food.
As you already know, I really love trying (healthy/vegan) food places and test their menu and that’s another reason why Bondi is a dream come true for me.
We had a real feast at UMU and shared Avocado Toast, Sweet potato hash brown with vegan cashew cheese and beet hummus, as well as ricotta pancakes with berries and I, had a green kale and spinach juice – it was incredible!
Afterwards, we spend some more money and I bought myself a ring that I already fell in love with the day before and then we went to the beach again and hang out in the sunshine.
For dinner, we had our obligatory wraps and went to a bar with a group of people from the hostel. Sadly our cocktail was super disappointing and it showed me once more that it’s not worth spending so much money here in Australia for drinks and instead have delicious food for that money :D
On Friday, we originally planned to do the coastal walk along the ocean, but it was so crowded that we decided we wouldn’t enjoy it. So instead we walked a bit through north Bondi and later went to the city centre (for the first time for me!) to meet with another German girl that has been on the GOR Tour with us as well.
We got sushi rolls at Sushi Hub and sat down at Hyde Park to eat and chat about the last weeks and our lives at home.
I never expected that as food is usually pretty expensive here in Australia, but you can eat sushi super cheap here! There are a lot of places that sell whole sushi rolls (for example Sushi Hub that is a chain with very cheap rolls, but there are many more places in the big cities) and one 3-4 are enough to make you super full and you pay around 3$ for each (veggies are cheaper, with fish more expensive) and they are really good!
Of course, we craved something sweet after that, so we went to ‘Jet Bar Café’ a very cute place near Town Hall that has super delicious and fairly cheap carrot cake and other desserts.
I didn’t see a lot of the city that day which was totally fine as I wanted to explore it with my cousin together the upcoming week.
We couldn’t help ourselves but had to have another amazing brunch in Bondi as there are so many cute places (and I still haven’t tried them all, so I need to eat some more when I come back!).
So we went to Speedos Café that I already knew from some vegan Influencer. As it was Saturday the café was completely packed, but we still managed to get a table and had another incredible feast.
We both had avo toast first (Meike with salmon and egg, I had plain sourdough toast with avo) as well as a green boost juice for me and a coffee for Meike and afterwards we shared the famous banana pancakes.
The weather was bomb so we went to the beach one last time before we had to leave our hostel and move with all our stuff to the city centre.
I arrived at the Airbnb that my cousin and I rented for a week and Meike stayed overnight on the couch as her hostel was super shit.
We cooked Gnocchi with tomato sauce and veggies and on time for dinner my cousin arrived from Germany. We had a nice evening together and it was my cousin, Lisa’s first night and Meike’s last night in Australia.