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There’s no place like home…

As much as I love to travel, there are times when it is good to be home. Right now is one of them. Having travelled across three Australian states over the last three days (at the time of writing) and with two packed trips coming up in the next month, it is nice to be home. Even if only for a couple of nights.

The immediate relaxation I felt when I walked through my door got me thinking, what are my favourite things to do in Sydney? There’s no doubt about it, I love to travel. But I really do appreciate this beautiful city I live in, so thought I might dedicate a couple of posts to the place I call home.

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This is the view from my apartment, which may give you a small hint as to why it is so nice to be home.

One of my favourite things about Sydney is its proximity to the beach, especially with the number of coastal walks available. The Bondi to Bronte walk (or even further through to Coogee if you prefer) is one of the most popular.

I don’t do the walk as often as I would like, but make a point to do it whenever I can. I’d highly recommend it to Sydney locals and visitors alike. Here’s why:

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Bondi2That’s right, the view is pretty spectacular. The walk from Bondi to Bronte is 4 km one way, or 8 km return. On a hot day pack plenty of water and always wear sunscreen – you’ll need it. 

So next time you’re in Sydney, pack some exercise gear and make the trip out to the beach to enjoy the walk. More information about the walk, including how to get there, can be found here.

The Healthy Globetrotter

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Roar and Snore

Combine lions and the thought of sleeping in a tent and you’d probably imagine you’re on safari. While that remains a travel dream, this was a little more achievable.

Roar and snore at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo came as a surprise to me. Not just because I didn’t know where I was headed when told to pack my bags for the night, but also because of the quality of the next 15 or so hours.

Arriving at the zoo around 6:45pm, you’re met by three guides who act as your hosts for the evening. We were immediately told how lucky we were with only 15 others joining us for the night (there can be up to 40) and indeed we were. I think everyone had a tent in the front row facing this view:

Phenomenal, yes? Talk about special.

The evening was a surprise as I was celebrating my birthday, and what a surprise it was. Taken to our “camp” site, we immediately declared it glamping over camping, given our tent had a double bed and electric blankets. Oh, and did I mention the view?!

Waking up to this view – pretty special! (I only had my Iphone so apologies for the photos!)

Shortly after arrival we were called to the main common area for drinks and nibbles. This was wonderful. Not only was there a wide array of food and beverages (everything from carrot sticks – thank you – to cheese and biscuits, fruit, nuts and chips), as we were eating our hosts brought around some of the animals for us to meet.

I faced a fear and got up close and personal with a snake (and this friendly lizard!) after a glass of wine, and of course, after properly washing my hands!

My new friend!

We were served dinner (roast with vegetables) and then set out on a night tour of the zoo. I didn’t take photos here as the flash would hurt many of the animals eyes and having been surprised by the night I only had my iPhone for a camera.

However, what was so special about this tour (and our behind-the-scenes tours the next day) was just how knowledgable our hosts were. They answered every question asked and we learnt a lot. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn just how well cared for these animals are. All are given enrichment in order to fulfill their lives, use muscles that would be utilized it the wild and, ultimately, be happy in what is their home.

A little fuzzy (iphone photo!) but I still think this one is beautiful!

After a few hours exploring the zoo, we were exhausted and were led back to our camp. Dessert followed, though I skipped this having more than filled up on the wonderful and healthy food earlier in the evening.

Sent to bed with full bellies, we were warned of an early start. Around 6:50 am the next morning, we set off on three behind-the-scenes tours, meeting several keepers and getting very involved. Inside the bear enclosure type involved. This is where we met Mr Hobbs.

Mr Hobbs, a gorgeous sun bear, was rescued from the restaurant trade in Cambodia. Make up your own mind about zoos, but trust me, this is a step up.

Ok, so obviously we couldn’t be in Mr Hobbs’ enclosure when he was there, but our job was pretty important. Each day, Mr Hobbs is provided with enrichment to his life. So, how do you enrich a bear’s life? By making him forage.

We spent part of the morning hiding eggs in trees, spreading honey under logs and, quite interestingly, spraying different scents around the enclosure.

Our friend the bear finding our treats!

We were then led outside the enclosure while Mr Hobbs was let back in. It was pretty special watching him discover our treats!

Our experience ended here, but we went on to enjoy several hours at the zoo in the daylight. Roar and Snore was a wonderful experience, and with the entire ticket price being donated to animal conservation, well worth the price tag.

The Healthy Globetrotter

Running the world

Ask anyone who knows me personally and they’ll tell you, I’m not the best runner. However, that doesn’t stop me from trying. It’s one of the easiest ways to exercise on the road, you don’t need equipment and best of all? It’s free.

Right now, I’m in Singapore. I’m only here for a short time – 5 days – but I’ve packed my running gear. Here’s why: You never know what you might see.

To prove this, I wanted to share some of the photos I’ve taken running during my most recent world travels. All of the photos in this post were shot with my iPhone4, taken with me when I run.

Starting with a run in Lund, Sweden. After a gorgeous afternoon visiting friends, I went for a run before settling in for the evening. If not for that decision, I would never have seen this view.

Just another reason why no-one regrets exercise:

Taken on a run in Lund, Sweden

Visiting family in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, I went for a run just prior to a storm and ended up with taking some shots along the way. Here are two of my favourites:

When sailing in the Ionian Islands in Greece, I woke up earlier than most of my travelling companions and would head out for a run to see the port first thing and get my bearings:

I also hit the footpath when in Oxford, United Kingdom:

Even when I’m at home, I’m surprised by the beauty that constantly surrounds us. I might be biased, but you just have to look for it. Can you really argue with me?

Rushcutter’s Bay, SydneyBondi Beach, Sydney

Ok, so it probably helps that my exercise in Sydney always occurs around sunrise. That said, it remains gorgeous in the afternoons:

Hyde Park, Sydney

I can’t wait to head out for a run and see what I might find in Singapore. Stay tuned!

What is the best thing you’ve seen when out exercising?

The Healthy Globetrotter

#FriFotos – Harbours

 

This week’s #FriFotos theme on twitter is harbours (or harbors, depending on where in the world you’re sitting right now). Given Sydney is such a beautiful harbour city, I thought I’d dedicate a short post to this particular harbour.

There is a lot to see and do in Sydney and the harbour is only one of them. But if you want to check it out (and I recommend you do), I’d suggest you do it on foot (or if you’re lucky – by boat).

There are a number of lovely walks you can take on both sides of the harbour, though if you stay on the city side you can team the experience with the botanical gardens. A little bit of exercise and all while appreciating the harbour view and gorgeous gardens (this is the best way to be active when travelling – go out and see things on foot!). There’s also a running track which takes you past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which has one of the best harbour views around!

Sunrise over Sydney Harbour

These photos were taken just two weeks ago, on the ferry to (and at) Taronga Zoo  which coincidentally, also has amazing views of the Sydney Harbour!

Sunset over the harbour

You can actually walk right across the bridge, and a lot of people I know living on the north side of the bridge often walk into the city to get their exercise out of the way first thing in the morning. You have to be a little taller than i am to see above the security fence, but a trip up the pylons to check out the view is only $15 for adults,  a significant saving when compared to the Bridge Climb if that’s something you’re considering (starting around $218 for adults)

Taken from the Sky Safari at Taronga Zoo

Sydney is an absolutely gorgeous city, you can see why this doesn’t get old:

Gorgeous Sydney - never gets old

So next time you’re in a city like Sydney – make the most of it! Take a relaxing walk or go for a proper run. You can guarantee with views like this that there will be well-trodden pathways just waiting for you to find them!

The Healthy Globetrotter

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