Update #7: Alex Adventures Abroad

Welcome to my seventh update about my adventures abroad in Sydney, Australia! Since my last email, a lot has happened to me. I reunited with my sister in Sydney, sailed the Whitsundays, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, and, of course, explored some new restaurants.

But to get things started, I've put together videos of Addison and me in Sydney as well as my latest trip to the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. You can check them out below!

Week #19: Another Heintze Arrives in Sydney

This week, my sister Addison arrived in Sydney. And, of course, that meant going to explore all of the touristy spots in Sydney — again. While all of the attractions seemed a little less exciting after the third time, it was great to spend time with Addison and a reunite after four months. Even though it's now considered to be winter in Sydney, that certainly didn't stop us. Sydney "winter" means sunny and about 65 degrees Fahrenheit — which I think we can handle.

Some of our highlights included...

  • Walking around Bondi Beach and along the Bondi to Coogee Coast Walk

  • Playing putt-putt golf at a themed bar in Newtown called Holey Moley

  • Finding the, arguably, best gelato shop in Sydney called Cow and the Moon Gelato

  • Watching Addison have her first Aperol Spritz at the Opera Bar looking over the Sydney Opera House

  • And, of course, eating — lots of eating

Week #20: Putting My Tourist Pants Back On in Sydney (Part 3)

As to not sound repetitive, I won't go too much into detail about where Addison and I adventured this week because I've written about many of the spots before.

However, I'd like to note the change in perspective I've had since arriving in Sydney. I've enjoyed experiencing the transition from an oo-ing and awe-ing tourist to a self-described local. At the beginning of my time in Sydney, it seemed like every twist and turn made me want to whip out my camera and take a picture. But, I really do feel like Sydney is a second home to me at this point. While the sites like the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach are still breathtaking, they just feel like home now — not another tourist destination.

Week #20: The Whitsundays and The Great Barrier Reef

After about a week and a half of exploring Sydney, Addison and I decided it was time for a change of scenery. So we headed up to to the Whitsundays in the Northern, more tropical, part of Australia. The Whitsundays are about a two-hour plane flight away from Sydney, and they are a series of islands off the East coast and in the Great Barrier Reef! While we were there, we lived on a sailboat for two nights, and we stayed in the neighboring Airlie Beach for the third night. 

Some of our highlights included...

  • Waking up every morning to a sunrise over the stunningly blue water

  • Enjoying an afternoon at Whitsunday Island and on Whitehaven Beach— known as one of the world's best beaches because of its pure white sand and crystal clear water

  • Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and being surrounded by fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors

  • Having time to just rest and relax on the sailboat

The Whitsundays has hands-down been one of my favorite trips of abroad.

Map of Whitsundays, Australia

Map of Whitsundays, Australia

It's crazy to think that I'll be headed back to the United States in three weeks, but I'm making sure to appreciate every opportunity and experience that I have here. Time truly does fly when you're having fun!

Be on the lookout for my next update in a few weeks, and you can always check me out my websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

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