Every Saturday, a bunch of Sydney neighborhoods have markets with little pop-up shops and food stands. The best one I’ve been to is in an area called, Glebe. Combination of beautiful weather, great food, and cool shops make it a really fun place to check out.
On Thursday, April 25th, Australia and New Zealand celebrate ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). It’s like a combination of Independence Day and Veteran’s Day, in terms of what and how it’s celebrated.
On this day, and this day only each year, there’s a special betting game played and allowed in bars, called “two-up” which is essentially “heads or tails”
Step 1) Find someone around you to match your bet. Ex. if you touch a $20 bill to your head, that means you want to bet on heads, and someone that agrees will bet on tails.
Step 2) The person that bets heads holds onto the money until the coins are flipped.
Step 3) Wait for the “Spinner” to set up for the toss. Both coins must land on the same side for someone to win (either both heads, or both tails).
Step 4) VIDEO
Step 5) Either cheer/drink in celebration, or shout/drink in anger.
Step 6) Repeat steps 1-5
We went to a Sydney Swans game (Australian rules football club)! Think of a mix of soccer and football and rugby. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the game. After a few minutes of watching and asking questions to the people seated around me, I picked up the rules and strategy and had a great time!
Last weekend NYU Sydney took a trip a bit west. Our first stop was a food and wine tasting that was incredible! So many different whites and reds, and each one was really good. At night we went to a hot-air balloon festival. There was also a ton of great food like pumpkin soup, chick wraps, and steak sandwiches. The next morning, on our way back to Sydney, we visited a Japanese garden. The photo above is from a cozy, relaxing spot I found high above, looking over the entire garden!
One of NYU Sydney’s favorite places to grab a bite is Grill’d, they have incredible burgers (around $10) and fries (around $4). Afterwards, it’s a must to go down the street to Messina, which has some of the best ice cream and gelato I’ve ever had (around $3-$6). Definitely some of my favorite eats in Sydney!
Last week was NYU Sydney’s spring break. I went to New Zealand (south island) and got to do and see some really neat stuff. Here’s a breakdown of what we did each day…
Day 1: Flew out of Sydney and arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand in the afternoon. Drove a couple of hours to Arthur’s Pass, a small town filled with nature hikes and beautiful, outdoorsy scenery.
Day 2: Set off in the morning towards Queenstown. Along the way we stopped to walk Fox Glacier. Drove in the evening and arrived at night in Queenstown
Day 3: Jet-boating in the afternoon (speed boat that makes all kinds of twists and turns) with amazing views of lakes and mountains. In the early evening we hiked Queenstown Hill and saw the city from way up high. At night we checked out an ice bar where we wore heavy jackets and gloves and enjoyed a few drinks.
Day 4: Started the day with an incredible brunch. Zip-lining with mountain views and stunning scenery in the afternoon. Before dinner we visited a hot spring pool that overlooked a valley. At night we went to the famous burger joint, Fergburger, where we devoured gigantic sandwiches. Afterwards a trip to one of the local casinos finished our time in Queenstown.
Day 5: Drove to the Milford Sound for a cruise. We got to kayak in the water and even jump into it from the boat (it was freezing). Spent all night and morning on the boat cruising around the mountains on the water.
Day 6: Drove all the way back up the island to Christchurch making stops along the way to get out of the car, stretch, and snap some photos.
I had a blast on the trip. The south island of New Zealand is beautiful, and we got to see so many interesting places throughout our journey. There was a lot of driving, but I quickly got used to it (especially since I had some practice driving earlier in the semester during a weekend trip). Some of my favorite parts of the trip included cruising the Milford Sound, hiking Queenstown Hill, and chowing down at Fergburger.
A combination of stunning views, beautiful scenery, incredible sites, exciting activities, great food, and fun people made the break an unforgettable experience!
NYU Sydney is on spring break (or, Fall Break in Australia)! I’m currently in New Zealand with a few friends. We arrived last night in Queenstown, the adventure sport capital of the world! We drove down the west coast of the South Island to get here (long but beautiful drive). More pictures and posts to come, but enjoy this one for now.
I’ve been wanting to go to this bar called “Soda Factory” for a couple of weeks. Finally, I checked it out, and it was one of the coolest bars I’ve been to (Sydney or New York). From the street, it looks like an old-fashioned hot dog joint, but a hidden door leads you into a dimly-lit speakeasy-like bar with oldies music and a mix of Sydney’s finest folks. We ordered the signature drink, a Bourbon Milkshake, and also got some French fries with mayo. This place was fantastic!