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And so it came to the end of Laura’s trip. Although it was only a short two weeks which certainly flew by it was great fun showing our great friend our city. Sadly missed I can’t wait for her to come visit again so we can show her a lot more of our country and explore into the outback one day which I haven’t even done myself (Blue sky and Red soil is apparently exciting) We ended our trip with showing her what we should have done at the start which was show her our beautiful harbour. I suppose we were waiting for the perfect day to do it and Sydney sure did put on a show when we did. A beautiful sunset shone on the Opera House in a brilliant gold and we watched all of this whilst sipping on a glass or 2 of Sauvignon Blanc and watched the sunset dance across the harbour. It was truly magical.

Highlights of the trip included celebrating my mums birthday in Darling Harbour whilst watching the weekly Saturday night fireworks show.

Walking from Coogee beach along the coast up to Bondi Beach but settling on beaching on the harbour at Milk Beach.

And going to a beautiful art exhibition of Amy’s friend whom knits amazing pieces out of felted wool the thickness of your arm followed by an amazing dinner at Cafe Sydney above Customs House! Truly magnificent!

Miss you already Laura!

Laura’s Australian Adventure Pt 4 – GOODBYE AUSTRALIA And so it came to the end of Laura’s trip. Although it was only a short two weeks which certainly flew by it was great fun showing our great friend our city.

Being such a highpoint for the LGBT community both here in Sydney and abroad, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, [or Gay Christmas as it is now days affectionately referred to], has become the absolute high point of the year for both LGBT folk as well as the wider community in general. For one night in early March every year, Oxford St, near the heart of the city, plays host to a massive parade of ever-increasingly outrageous and ostentatious floats, as well as Parade-goers who are all outrageously clad! The thing that I love about the Mardi Gras event is that the Gay Street of Sydney, [Oxford St], turns into a lush Brazilian Carnivale-style atmosphere. People are out to have fun, revel and enjoy themselves. For me, I’ll never forget that the history of the Mardi Gras is based on hardship and fighting for our rights to be heard and considered as equal first-class citizens in our society. If you’re not aware, the origins of the Mardi gras are a far cry from the glitzy and glittery glamour and pizazz of the parade we know and love today. Rather, it began in the late 1970′s as a protest rally for LGBT rights. ‘Out of the bars and into the streets’ was the catch-cry for the inaugural protest parade that became and evolved into today’s much more colourful Mardi Gras. As someone who was lucky enough to have been raised in Sydney as a local, [and as well as someone who has such a wickedly cool dad that would round up my sister, myself and two of our cousins and take us to the parade as kids], Mardi Gras has been an ongoing almost tradition since I was little. I remember first going as a kid being so confused as to who these people were, and why they were dressed so colourfully and walking down the street so happily in speedos. Dad was always a big fan of presenting many diverse perspectives on the world. He’s a big believer in life as being a unique experience from person to person, which in hindsight is such a wonderful thing. I don’t think I know of any other father who would have taken their kids to see something like the Mardi Gras, but I’m so proud of my dad for having done so as it became something normal to us all, in a sense. The best Mardi Gras nights seem to be the ones that are left unplanned, where you simply let the night take you where it will. I always loved being in the street amongst the crowds, even if you don’t necessarily see all the pretty and perfunctorily perfect people on parade floats. It’s still a great feeling and atmosphere to be amongst, and this year was no different. For me, Mardi Gras is about being with friends both new and old, and having these friends as family. This year was no exception, as Adrian and I left home in our vintage-inspired Beach-goers outfits. We watched the parade on towers of milk crates, drank on the streets [to which we did get into a little spot of trouble by a polite police officer who told us to simply be more discreet], and danced the rest of the night away in a bright neon glow. I think the buzzwords of the night would indubitably include the terms Neon, Disco and Glow. We’re so unbelievably lucky to be living somewhere where I won’t be persecuted because of who and what I am; yes, there are many problems still with our society, but I’m so grateful that we are in a place and time where sexual identity is less and less important, as I like to say, whether you’re into boys or girls, its inconsequential, like what cheese you prefer. I like Brie, the next person might like Camembert. In the end, love is all the same, [My French cheese analogy notwithstanding], and Mardi Gras night is a grand celebration of those most hallowed and storied tenets of Bohemian life: Love, Beauty, Truth and Freedom.

Mardi Gras Fun & Frivolity! Being such a highpoint for the LGBT community both here in Sydney and abroad, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, , has become the absolute high point of the year for both LGBT folk as well as the wider community in general.

Continuing Laura’s journey in Australia our next stop was Melbourne! We left sydney on a very wet day and arrived in Melbourne on a chilly but sure enough sunny morning. (ps Adrian writing i know its shit) We booked a cute little air bnb on flinders lane a few doors up from the infamous cumulus restaurant. It was on the ground floor but from the apartment it seemed we were on the third level looking down an alley. The place was so character filled; full of books and music that both Laura and I spent one night listening to all night long whilst it poured down rain (perfect) We did what every tourist does venture out through the city’s winding and secret laneways; degraves and central place to name a few.

Laura was astounded by the cute boutiques and the art that seemed to be littered around the city. We looked at drawings and paintings went to the NGV and shopped down all the streets I could think of that had the most interesting shops. A shop full of door knobs (which Laura purchased); a barber and an old english sailors shop owned by a northerner. Very cute indeed. I bought black boots from Jack London and boy did we eat.

Laura claimed to have eaten the best steak sandwich she has every had, had pesto pasta which she adored and we had amazing Asian infusion at Chin Chins (after having several drinks at Cumulus of course whilst perving on the hot bar tender which we both seem to have giggled about for hours on end)

It was freezing and it rained a lot but I don’t think a great trip to Melbourne would be a sunny one. We ended the trip by taking Laura to my favourite bar. Captains of Industry. Secreted down a dumpster filled laneway through an old wooden door up 2 flights of stairs and you find yourself in a charming old world yet decrepit cafe. Cute bartenders, unique fixtures and furniture and small stores of leather goods; mens apparel and a barber line the walls. I had a coffee whilst I grabbed Laura a cola. The best dam cola we have ever had named Fentiman’s. Seriously do try it.

It was such a great few days! stay tuned for the final update!

Laura’s Australian Adventure Pt 3 – MELBOURNE Continuing Laura’s journey in Australia our next stop was Melbourne! We left sydney on a very wet day and arrived in Melbourne on a chilly but sure enough sunny morning.

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