You know, when people talk about Australia there’s usually some mention of the crazy huge bugs. And that being said, I hate bugs. Spiders mainly but all bugs in general and I have seen those videos that been made viral on Facebook of giant spiders crawling out of toilets so the fear lived in me when we arrived in our cute little Airbnb. Luckily, no terrifying sightings while we were there in the apartment but outside I did have a slight moment of panic as we passed a dead spider that was should not exist in real life.
After arriving in our Airbnb, I did some wandering around the apartment just to make sure I knew some of the nooks and crannies and I wanted to get to know my surroundings. We were going to be in this apartment for a few days and so I wanted to make sure I could enjoy everything Australian living had to offer.
When we had settled into our ‘home’ for a few days, we headed back out to Bondi Junction to meet up with a few people for lunch. The Bondi Junction train station and bus station are actually located in the center of a major shopping center (a Westfield mall) and so we were surrounded by people when we finally got off the bus. It was a bit overwhelming because I had heard that it’s estimated that Sydney sees an extra 1-2 million people on new year’s even because Sydney has one of the best fireworks shows in the world to celebrate a new year. We got off the bus and started looking for a restaurant called “Public Espresso.” This mall is really difficult to navigate if you’re looking for something specific because it is just so big. We were wandered around for about an extra 10 to 15 minutes trying to find this little restaurant only to realize that while it was connected to the mall, the entrance was on the outside. We finally found the entrance and met up with our group and sat down for brunch/lunch.
I had a great bruschetta and mocha for my meal. What’s interesting is that Australia has a different take on bruschetta than what you would typically find in Italy. I have no complaints because it was amazing and I’ll gladly eat bruschetta from either country any time. The Australian bruschetta is almost like a fancy avocado toast with a poached egg on top. It was delicious and totally worth it.
While we were sitting there, we people-watched as hoards of people wandered in and out of the mall throughout the few hours we enjoyed our meal. I’m pretty sure the actual doors of the mall never closed once because of the constant flow of people wandering in and out of the mall.
After finishing our food, we decided that we needed to take a nap prior to the evening activities and made plans for meeting up around 3PM at the same location to begin prepping for the actual NYE activities. If only I knew what I was getting myself into…