The Friday before Christmas was going to be a busy day so it probably wasn’t the best idea to start it fully clothed, dehydrated as hell and in a hot caravan near Wollongong. The struggle at keeping healthy and not drinking so much alcohol on an Aussie roadtrip holiday, while catching up with friends, was proving a challenge. I had pineapple and cherries for breakfast at Kevin’s while Captain Caveman had to eat my Vegemite on toast. We said goodbyes and headed off to meet Saoirse, for a second breakfast, at Martin’s Place in Thirroul. The food was excellent and after a good old catch up we were back on the road for a drive back to Sydney, starting with a trip across the Sea Cliff Bridge. We stopped enroute to watch paragliding at Bald Hill, which was pretty impressive. We drove through the Royal National Park and headed to our next stop in Bronte, via Beverly Hills.
We arrived at Llinos’s flat and freshened up before heading out for food at a Mexican pop up place in Newtown. I managed 3 small pork tacos, some corn chips and a cocktail for dinner before heading to The Rocks brew house to meet more people. There was excitement at the bar as the kitchen caught on fire and 2 lots of fire engines came to the very busy venue, which was not evacuated. It turned in to another boozy night as we finished up in the Opera House bar having a few cheeky glasses of Shiraz.
Captain Caveman and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary on Saturday 22nd December. Llinos had already gone out for a run when we got up and went to the laundrette (twice, as you have to pay by card and we only took cash) before having a lovely brunch. I had fresh figs, courgettes, lettuce and basil on gluten free toast with mozzarella, sprinkled with macadamia nut and balsamic vinegar – fantastic. There was a lovely walk between Bronte beach and Bondi beach which we took in the afternoon while it was windy but still sunny. In the evening we had a party at Llinos’s place where we had cheese and wine followed by sausages and more wine. When the Cointreau and cognac came out with the Evil Apples app (Cards Against Humanity style phone game) we couldn’t stop laughing and ended up having a late night.
On Sunday, 23rd December, I woke up with less of a hangover than expected and resolved to try to be a little healthier. I had no breakfast, just water, before heading in to Sydney with Captain Caveman and Llinos. They walked fast and we were thirsty and hungry by the time we had done the walk, via the Sydney harbour bridge, to Liza’s place. Liza made us a delightfully healthy lunch of salad and BBQ pork for me, salmon for them. Her home had amazing views of the bridge and when I was told I could earn $1000 per day in Sydney doing ‘Lean’ projects, I was tempted to give them my CV and beg for a job. In the afternoon Captain Caveman and I caught the bus to the famous Manly beach and because it was a holiday it was extremely busy. Instead of a dip in the sea we sat outside a cafe and had some wine. We walked about 8km that day and we spent our last evening at a pizza place in Bronte, where I over ordered on the starter and had to take it home to Llinos.