Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Leaving Drinks

Unfortunately the time has come that I have to leave Australia and head back home 

When I first arrived out in Australia 8 months ago, I had never flown by myself, never lived by myself and definitely not embarked on such a journey before 


My time out here has been filled with memories I will cherish forever from my amazing work colleagues to holding koalas and snakes, or to experiencing my very first cyclone


Last night I made a plan to have a final farewell drinks with my fabulous work colleagues, which is why we found ourselves heading to Pig and whistle at smack on 7pm 


There was no hanging around to be done 




We grabbed a table, and the rounds began 


Working with these people have made my whole experience here amazing, especially Angie and Rachelle, who allowed me to work for them and become part of their family 


We tended to call ourselves the 3 amigos! 









The more drinks we got, the more ridiculous the photos got 




I will be so sad to have to leave this bunch of amazing people, but at least I now know when I return to Australia I will have my 2nd family waiting for me 


If I had never embarked on this adventure, I would still be at home and would have not had the opportunity to experience having my own apartment, flying 24 hours by myself, and entering the real world with budgets and payments to be made. 


However I could have not done any of this without my parents support this entire time, I would not have made some friends for life, and definitely would have not grown as a person 


It is crazy how quick this 8 months had gone, I still feel like I only left home a few months ago 


Unfortunately the time has come that I have to return to reality, and back to the cold and miserable UK 


Hey at least I now have an excuse to return 


Good Bye Australia


And Hello detour Bali..... 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Eat Street Markets

We have been told numerous times about Eat Street Market, but passed at the opportunities to go, Because I don't know about you but I am not a fan of shoulder to shoulder crowds and queue's for miles and miles 

Seeing I am leaving Australia imminently I was talked into visiting this bundle of mayhem 




We got the taxi to drop us off a short walk from the entrance so that we didn't get caught in the pile up of cars 


As soon as we stepped out of the taxi the loud and bustling noise hit us, it was a mixture of shouting sales men behind their stalls, the screaming and shouting of hundreds of people and cars beeping their horns 


We made our way through the entrance were we had to pay $2 for entry, once in it was like you had been hit in the face, it was all coming at you 




I am a real food fanatic, so as soon as I saw hundreds of food counters I became like a kid at christmas, I calmed down and decided to take on this mission tactically 

I would do a quick once over, check out where seems the most popular, where doesn't and where I wont have to queue for a ridiculous amount of time 

















It had everything you could possibly think of, from Italian to Chinese, to Mexican to Greek 


The market does however offer a twist, It does not consist of put you up stores, that are deconstructed at the end of the night 


It is in fact all based around shipping containers 
























They have transformed these large mental boxes into little works of art 





The stores vary considerably, one minute you are bustling through the madness of the food markets, then all of a sudden you are in a quieter more relaxed place that offers these quaint little shops, then as you delve further into the market you are faced with bars and the live music 






After snaking our way through the crowds, we found ourselves out side a elaborate looking juice bar 

I dont know about you but I am a real sucker for any kind of smoothie or juice


Which is why I chose to go for a Kiwi, banana, passionfruit and lime juice 






We then went onto demolishing food 


We found ourselves outside a popular looking chip stall, I know what your thinking chip stall that doesn't sound very exciting 


However Wait till you check them out 














Something then caught my eye 'Chicken and Ribs' I am a real meat lover, however when something mentions Chicken and ribs in the same sentence  I start to do a little dance around due to sheer excitement 





We hopped onto our rather uncomfortable looking seats, and dug into a plate of loveliness 





Then something caught my eye, the photo looked glorious 


So as James took his last mouthful of ribs I dragged him over to stock up on dessert 







They were little puff pastry balls dipped in honey syrup, then sprinkle with cinnamon and whipped cream, you could also choose an additional topping of chocolate, maple syrup etc 


After eventually finishing them, grabbing some more food to take home with us, we gathered our numerous bag full of food and we headed home 




I have to say the market definitely surprised me, If I had another chance to go I would be there in a flash 


Between the large array of food, the loud and happy customers, the whole experience was surprisingly delightful 


The prices did vary at stalls, some where very over priced, but some where a lot cheaper and half the time a lot tastier 


The market runs every saturday and sunday from 4 - 10, if you have no plans this coming weekend I would recommend you head down and enjoy their culinary delights on offer 


Until Next Time.....