Truth be told, I was supposed to have a 3-day stopover in Sydney… Three short days filled with tourist attractions. These three days turned into a week, and that week turned into a month…

We, backpackers and locals alike, tend to overlook larger cities and try to get them over and done with as soon as possible, moving on to quieter destinations, away from the hustle and bustle of daily chaos… Don’t get me wrong, we all need a bit of fresh air from that feeling of being zebras in fishbowls (don’t ask) but oftentimes what we’re hoping for is just in front of us, as long as we’re willing to open our eyes and really look for it.

I’ve been going to the beach every single day since the morning I surprisingly found myself at 5 am, with no accommodation or sense of direction at Kingsford Smith Airport. It’s so enigmatic how one of the busiest places in the world could also be the serenest, as long as you’re prepared to compromise a bit, sometimes getting up as early as 3.30am.

There’s something special about this place that just captivates me. Every day, I get my coffee from the same 7/11, get the same bus at the same time as the day before and go to the same destination. Once there, the sense of place is the same as the previous days, however, the backdrop is completely different. The sky, waves, people, sunlight and just everything around you is dissimilar. No two days are alike. It’s just magical.

There’s always a way to escape the pandemonium of life, you just need to really want it! Here are some snaps from this morning from one of my favourite spots, Bronte beach. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to get out of bed and go exploring! :)

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