Straya Day!

Australia or as the Australians say, 'Straya Day', is the official national day of Australia. Aka, a no-work public holiday with BBQs, live music and parties around every corner (literally.) We went to four. 

Started my day our with a run along the beach (yeah I know, who the hell is lucky enough to do that? This girl apparently :) Showered, hopped on my friend's motorbike and headed to Darling Harbour in downtown Sydney. Again, parties and Australian flags EVERYWHERE. Between the overall holiday vibe, beer and some oysters, I was in a downright giggly mood. We then headed to North Sydney to catch the Australia Day Regatta, but ended up missing most of it. Still didn't cramp my mood though!

Because we were on a motorbike, we couldn't really drink (or at least my friend couldn't) but he wanted to show me the Rocks Area of Sydney. This is the oldest colony formalized in Sydney in 1778 and filled with a loads of old beautifully architected buildings sandwiched between winding alleyways and steps to God knows where. I WILL BE heading back to this neighborhood for a tour - maybe even a ghost tour. Plus I didn't take any pictures because we were a bit mobbed by the Australia Day Market crowds (so stay tuned for those when I return next week.)

After I had a beer and Glen had a Pepsi, we road back to Coogee for a few more drinks (whilst not driving) and some dinner. Ended the evening with some Stranger Things. Perfect first Australia Day. 

My morning running route. For real. 

My morning running route. For real. 

Darling Harbour. 

Darling Harbour. 

Darling Harbour #2.

Darling Harbour #2.

A " schooner " refers to Australia's typical beer size with a capacity of 285 ml. 

A "schooner" refers to Australia's typical beer size with a capacity of 285 ml. 

Sydney rock oysters with ginger chili sauce. Muah! 

Sydney rock oysters with ginger chili sauce. Muah! 

North Sydney overlooking downtown. 

North Sydney overlooking downtown.