Day 58





What We Did:

We’re back in busy and bustling Sydney!  After Dad and Mom ticked off the Sydney Fish Market, we reserved the weekend for catching up with friends and family in Bondi Beach and in Centennial Park.   There was even time to eavesdrop on a couple weddings.    With an unseasonal hot day in Sydney, we invited our cousins for a swim at our hotel, and the kids had fun in the pool, making arts and crafting, and giving Dad some ideas for new tattoos on his legs.


What We Ate:

Lunch:   Crab cakes with horseradish dressing, smoked trout and risoni salad, and stir fried prawns, asparagus and sugar snap peas – made by Mom and Dad with a little help from the Sydney Seafood School.

Dinner: Different cuts of meats, expertly grilled around a fire and served with delicious traditional Brazilian staples like cassava fries, rice, beans, farofa, salads, and of course, caipirinhas!

Where We Ate:

Mom and Dad went to a lunch time cooking class at Sydney Seafood School, located upstairs in the Sydney Fish Market.  Guided by pros, we learned to make some fast and fabulous dishes, picking up some great tips for the kitchen in general (and a recipe for preserved lemon which we’re going to now add to everything!).

Dad reckons Braza is the best churrascaria that he’s ever eaten at.  If you’ve never experienced a Brazilian restaurant where different cuts of grilled meat are carved onto your plate, we can’t recommend Braza in Darling Harbour enough.  The meat comes thick and fast, and Mom was in heaven, of course.  The cocktails were amazing as well, especially the caipirinhas and a drink Jaci ordered that tasted like (very dangerous) candy!  Located in Darling Harbour, it’s great value and a fantastic dining experience.

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

We’ve returned to the penthouse with an amazing patio and city view at the Oaks Goldsbrough, this time taking full advantage of the indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.   There’s also a sweet sauna, which led to a discussion about how young you can take kids into a sauna (supervised of course) and the only answer Google turned up was the German Sauna Association saying that kids that are 4 months and older can sauna.  But we digress!  We’re also taking full advantage of our hotel’s proximity to Darling Harbour, where we’ve found amazing places to eat and playgrounds to explore.

We Learned:

Lots about the Sydney Fish Market and the diversity and sustainability of Australian fish (great food for Dad’s Bucket List book!) We learned how to properly peel prawns. Handy tips for the kitchen, like keeping a separate cutting board for garlic and onion, and cutting lemons so they spray in the right direction when squeezed.  We learned that kids left together play pretty well together, until they don’t. Sydney can get really hot in March (39C). That driving in Sydney is crazy because the roads are narrow and it’s really inefficient getting from A to B (to the point that people really don’t want to get in their car unless they have to). To never, ever go to Bondi Junction on a weekend morning ever again. That it’s fun to draw on Dad’s feet.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

Hanging out with friends and family with a taste of Sydney’s summery outdoor lifestyle.

The Worst Part:

Stopping to pick up just a few things at Bondi Junction on a weekend morning.  The place was a madhouse, and it’s easier to get in and out of a prison.

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Alex
  • Favourite Place: Southwest Rocks, NSW
  • I Love Travel Because: of food
  • My Advice for Kids: Eat seafood that your parents think are weird
  • Name: Jami
  • Favourite Place: Palm Springs
  • I Love Travel Because: I get to learn about myself
  • My Advice for Kids: Don’t grow up and be nice to your parents
  • Name: Dom
  • Favourite Place: Port Douglas, QLD
  • I Love Travel Because: I get to see different cultures
  • My Advice for Kids: Love your mother and father
  • Name: Lisa
  • Favourite Place: Hamilton Island, QLD
  • I Love Travel Because: To get away from work
  • My Advice for Kids: Take the opportunities while they’re there
  • Name: Emelia
  • Favourite Place: Anglesea, Victoria
  • I Love Travel Because: of the travel buzz and the newness
  • My Advice for Kids: Never take your family for granted
  • Name: Angie
  • Favourite Place: Monterey, USA
  • I Love Travel Because: of the lack of commitments, and for the family time
  • My Advice for Kids: Stay a kid forever
  • Name: Gary
  • Favourite Place: Okavango Delta
  • I Love Travel Because: if you change the place, you change the perspective
  • My Advice for Kids: Know where the line is so when you cross it, you know where to come back to
  • Name: Gooni
  • Favourite Place: Koh Lanta, Thailand
  • I Love Travel Because: it expands my horizons
  • My Advice for Kids: That thing you’re studying for is not the be all and end all of life
  • Name: Evan
  • Favourite Place: Thailand
  • I Love Travel Because: you get a break, and it takes you out of your everyday
  • My Advice for Kids: Live each day as if it’s your last
  • Name: Nikki
  • Favourite Place: Thailand
  • I Love Travel Because: I get to experience different cultures
  • My Advice for Kids: Don’t sweat the small stuff

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

New words for Gali: “Animal. I walk. Up. Down. I know. Over there. Ready?”   Gali has four teeth coming through. Dad thinks Mom has been saying this for about a year. He’s definitely in discomfort and wakes up constantly through the night. By contrast, Raquel slept 13 hours for no clear reason we can discern. One has no problem going to sleep but won’t stay asleep, the other refuses to go to sleep and is out for the night. Parenthood is like trying to hit a bulls-eye with a dart, only the dartboard is on the back of a squirrel, and that squirrel just drank a can of Red Bull. In Centennial Park, we had a moment where 8 kids were playing and keeping themselves busy and us parents were sitting chatting on a blanket and it was so civilized and normal it gave us hope. It lasted for seven minutes and 42 seconds.

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