SYDNEY | Ep. 13 – Figure 8 Pools

Some amazing things have happened over the past couple of weeks. From starting my Cambridge Course at school, to some awesome day trips and adventures. I’m almost clueless on where to start my stories, but let’s give it a try.

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 For a start, my school has gotten a lot more intense than before, as I have started with the exam preparation course of Cambridge. To be completely honest, I love being able to finally study again. It gives me a sense of achievement and a clear aim for the coming weeks. It does take quite some work as I aspire to get my exam on CPE (proficiency) level, but it is totally worth it. Realising how much there is on my plate right now with regards to school, I’m very happy to have done so many activities throughout the past couple of months so that my focus can be fully concentrated on school.

However, having such a busy schedule doesn’t mean fun and adventure can be eliminated. So let’s start with Friday the 26th of January, or here in Australia: Australia Day. There is a bit of a discussion about this day because when Australia was invaded by England, it caused many horrible happenings to the indigenous people of the country. So should Australia be celebrated on a day that is not perceived as positive for all inhabitants? As foreigner, it’s definitely not up to me to decide of course. But, as far as my opinions on the matter are concerned, would it be an honest and respectful solution to celebrate this beautiful country on a day that everyone can enjoy. With a group of friends we organised a simple and delicious picnic in the park, simply enjoying each other’s company, talking and relaxing under the trees. When the sun had set we made our way to the harbour to be amused by the fireworks and the beautifully illuminated harbour of Sydney. To end the night well, we made our way to Newtown to explore its nightlife with some drinks and dance.

Saturday was used for some relaxation on Bondi Beach. It’s lovely to be able to swim in the ocean without freezing your toes off within 20 minutes. I made sure to be completely rested in order to get everything out of Sunday’s hike in the Royal National Park. We took a train at 6:30 in the morning and started our walk towards the Figure 8 Pools around 7:30 from Otford Station. After about 2 hours of hiking we arrived at Burning Palms Beach where we were surprised by an intense but short rain shower. While we filled up our time exploring, swimming and napping, the tide became lower and lower. At 11:30 we were perfectly able to walk along the cliffs, venturing over piles of stone to get to the rock pools. A completely natural phenomenon carves perfectly round shapes in the rock, some of them merging together to form a figure 8. We took some incredible pictures and enjoyed the beautiful surrounding.

The trail to the pools is absolutely beautiful and brings about many astonishing views, creatures and nature. As we walk back, the sun comes out and lying on the warm grass with an immense sight over the ocean, we wait for the train that will take us back to the reality of Sydney’s fuss.

Interested in some more visually pleasing material? Scroll down to some of the pictures I took. Make sure to check out my Social Media: Instagram / Twitter / Youtube / Facebook for more pictures and to keep up to date with my everyday activities!

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Lysbeth Koster

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