After our over night bus from Byron Bay we arrived early in Sydney on Christmas Eve. We went to Helens to put our bags in then straight out to the city centre for some shopping. Being Christmas Eve the shops were so busy, but it didn't bother us and we were so excited to be there. After shopping all day, we had tea in an Irish pub called Scruffy Murphy's which had the best $7 meals ever!
Like on xmas eve night at home, we had an xmas eve night out but it was a bit different as it was in Bondi Beach. The bar we went to was full of people wearing Christmas hats and the bar played Christmas songs, it was really nice as it made it feel more like Christmas.
Christmas day!! We were up early and made some bacon butties, which were extra nice as we hadn't had them since we had been away. We both opened our present off my mum that I had been carrying around with me since we left and was made up it was a pair of studs! I was worried I wouldn't get my yearly studs this Christmas. After getting ready we made our way to Helens friends house in Bondi to spend Christmas day there.
Before dinner me and Jane went to Bondi Beach. Even though we wern't having xmas dinner on the beach we wanted to be able to see what it was like there on xmas day. It was so hot and the beach was so busy, everyone was sunbathing and wearing xmas hats - couldnt be more different to xmas at home.
By the time we got back to the house we were looking forward to eating our xmas dinner. Helen's friends where catering for about 15 people, so it helped that the two people making the dinner where chefs! It was so nice to be having a traditional dinner, and it made it even better that the food was amazing!
After dinner we played a few drinking games, including the stein challange - basically having to down a stein of beer in the quickest time. Me and Jane managed to get out of this one though by just having a shot of the most awful tasting spirit ever. Helen managed to do the full stein in 48 seconds! It was impressive.
After getting back to Helen's that night I skyped the family while they all sat there and ate their dinner. It was nice but also made me a bit sad that I wasn't there, and the fact that they had pigs in blankets made me slightly jealous!
Christmas day was so much fun, being around a good group of people made me miss home a bit less. Strangely though even with our dinner and xmas crackers it still didn't quite feel like xmas day.
Boxing Day!! Up early again to get ready for the races :) We had some sparkling wine with our breakfast, and then headed to Rose Hill race course. The race course was much quieter than Aintree but the atmosphere was really good. None of us actually won anything but we weren't bothered as we had a really good day.
Christmas time in Sydney was brilliant, something i'll never forget. But being 30 degrees and sunny on xmas day took some getting used to. I'm already looking forward to a cold Christmas next year.