Cinema under the stars

I love going to the cinema and seeing a movie, but what I love more is curling up with a friend or loved one with a blanket, good food and a new movie to watch.  Bondi Open Air Cinema managed to combine all that and so much more! Yes all that and Bondi – wha could be better!

Next to the Bondi Pavilion, on a fenced off area of grass was Bondi Open Air Cinema.  Blow up seats, were the premium seats and an area of grass was for everyone else.  Most had picnic blankets, rugs, food, drinks ……… perfect!!

 

Earlier in the day Harriet and I had bought and prepared snacks to take with us and as the sun set on Bondi we had a lovely picnic.  After sun set and it was dark enough; the movie began.  Snuggled in blankets and hoodies we watched the movie and enjoyed the stars.

During the movie, I looked up at the sky and it was spectacular! So many shining stars in the sky, I wanted to take a photograph to capture how amazing the sky was, but my camera was jus not good enough so I had to lay back and just enjoy the moment instead. 😑

I love movies and I really enjoyed seeing one in a unique place. I will definitely look out for other open air cinemas in the future, but don’t think I can repeat my Bondi experience!

Back to Sydney 

An overnight bus from SPOT X and we arrived in. Sydney in the early hours of the morning.  I didn’t slept very well on the coach but not wanting to waste the day we planned a trip to Bondi beach.

It was lovely to be back in the city, it felt familiar and after visiting so many new and exciting places, it was lovely to be back somewhere that I recognised and felt I knew.

Too tired to do much, we spent the day chilling on the beautiful Bondi beach. It was lovely to just relax and not do much after such a busy few weeks. A quick food shop and we headed back to the hostel. As it was a Sunday we attended Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, a beautiful church with a good number of parishioners.

The next day was an admin day with time to explore of Sydney.  Visiting Hyde Park and the library of the State of New South Walse.  We also neede to visit a  current exchange because ………..

We are going to F I J I ! 🇫🇯

I am so excited; we are island hopping for 2 weeks around the islands of Fiji and I am so much looking forward to experiencing a different country and culture!!

That evening, back at the hostel, we packed a small bag between us, to take as hand luggage. We decided to treat ourselves to another trip to Bondi to visit the Open Air Cinema and I’ll tell you more about this in my next blog!

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The day before we flew to Fiji was Valentine’s Day,  As we had no plans, we decided to visit went to a friend for a Galantine’s Day celebration.  It was a lovely evening of food, wine, chocolate and good company. We put the world to rights and laughed a lot!  Our friend was also kind enough to store our suitcases; so we could travel to Fiji with only hand luggage.

All set and ready for Fiji and an early start the next morning.

Catching that wave

I have always wanted to surf, and to catch a wave in Australia is, I feel, is an absolute must! When I was younger, while on holiday in Cornwall, I hired a surfboard and had a go without any instruction; although I did manage to stand up, I wobbles all over the place and was only actually stood up for a very short amount of time.

Mojo Surf is a company that runs surf camps and academies in Bali, Indonesia, Byron Bay as well as at an undisclosed location called “SPOT X”.  It’s at “SPOT X” where we had our 2 day surf camp; a beginners’ camp which helped with the basics of paddling out, popping up and riding the wave.

Arriving the night before our camp started, we met our wonderful guide, Anna, who showed us to our room, gave us a tour of the camp and told us all we needed to know.  She was so happy, knowledgable and helpful; meeting us before and after our surf lessons and every time we saw her she checked in with us.  All the staff were so friendly and loved getting us all involved in the activities, which made for a great community vibe.

So the next morning, was our first surf lesson. It was a very early start as we were in the water for 8 o’clock.  Our instructors, Jack and Nick, took us through a quick theory lesson on waves, rips and safety, as well as a few hand signals should we need help whilst in the water. Then it was onto the beach to learn how to surf; on the sand we practised our paddling and pop up, as well as when to pop up and tips on staying on the board. And so into the water to have a go, I was so proud of myself when I stood up on my second attempt and once I had done it once, there was no stopping me! Although, I continued to fall off but I would say I was getting up on the board more than I was falling off!

SPOT X had had a few days of big waves due to a storm system out at sea. The waves remained really big and strong pulling us out to sea in the current so quickly. For this reason we only surfed in the shallow area, waist/chest deep depending on your height. Even so we were still catching some powerful waves.  Jack and Nick were great, patient and good at spotting little things that made a lot of difference to our technique.

After a couple of hours in the water, riding the waves, we walked back up the beach to camp to enjoy the rest of the day. Harriet and I chose to spend the afternoon on the beach topping up our tans, reading and blogging.  I love just lying on the beach and watching the world go by.  As we headed back for dinner we were stopped by one of the guys running activities, he invited us to a sand castle building competition, winner got a bag of goon.   There were 6 teams with the option to build either a sand castle or sand sculpture.  Harriet and I chose a dolphin sculpture. We didn’t win the competition but we had a blast building it.  I haven’t built sand castles in years and it took me back to family holidays on the Cornish coast.

Back at camp, it was dinner time and as we all queued up for our dinner the night staff introduced themselves, very loudly and with a lot of energy!  We spent the evening hanging out in the community area and getting to know all those sharing our surf lesson.

After a good night’s sleep, we were ready for Day 2 and our second surf lesson. With a later start of 10 o’clock, our instructors, Kate and Connor, gave us a refresher of how to pop up and showed us also how to turn. Back into the water and I managed to stand up on my first wave!!! I was thrilled 😁 Kate and Connor were great and gave some great tips. 2 hours later we emerged from the water exhausted but thrilled that we could now catch a wave. I have a way to go before I can call myself a “pro surfer” but I think I’m on my way 😉

The afternoon was hot! we passed the sunny hours relaxing in the shade and watching a game of volleyball.  Dinner and social time followed and not long after, as it was a Friday, the party started too with limbo and twister getting very competitive!

The final event of the evening was the “awkward dance” competition.  Although, Harriet and I didn’t take part it was so funny watching others making up extreme dancie moves, with the ultraviolet light making a great affect and atmosphere.  It was so much fun!

Unfortunately our Greyhound bus was at 10pm so we soon had to pack up early and leave the fun and partying of SPOT X.  I love that I got the chance to finally learn to surf and it is all down to the amazing staff and instructors at SPOT X. I can’t wait to try it again!