Watsons Bay in Sydney

Yesterday we did a trip to Watsons Bay. It is a beautiful small bay with views to the CBD. Lovely area to live to as you can catch the ferry to work.

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The water is calm there and there are couple of good restaurants. The red hot place to go is Doyles on the Beach. I have been there once and the seafood is amazing. You can order huge seafood platters that have everything you can possibly dream of.

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This time, however, we went to Beach club next door as it was just easier with the child, no white table clothes, lots of room to run around and an own table for toddlers to draw with crayons. Food was nice, nothing amazing but good tasty fresh food. I ordered seared yellow fin tuna salad, the tuna tasted amazing. My husband ordered crab sliders to start with and traditional fish and chips as main.

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After the lunch and couple of tasty Rieslings we took a ferry ride to the Rocks (centre of Sydney) to admire the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

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Then we walked to Martins Place that sadly was in the news in December due to the siege. We took a train from there to Bondi Junction where our friends who we are staying with live. I am so glad our friends live in such a great location, so convenient to go around. Their house is super nice too. It is a brand new terrace, 4 bedrooms, big open plan kitchen, 3 bathrooms, small backyard and beautiful high ceilings. It has the old front but everything in the house is new and modern, light and clean. I love it and staying here has made me convinced I want to get a new townhouse in Melbourne (or a new apartment). I cannot handle old carpets, squeaky floorboards, badly built or run down everything, paint that comes off, broken small things. I like that clinical clean and white Scandi look. It is so nice here when all the corners are perfectly sealed and painted, a bit different than we had back in London. In hindsight I think we should have gone for a new built in London too, as a Finn I just do not get the old ”charm” but well I learned it and I know now what I want. This Bondi Junction area is also super good for kids as it has the most amazing parks and playgrounds nearby. The playgrounds in Australia are just fantastic.

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There are so many things for toddlers to do, they are designed to be safe and lots of water features too. For example today my dear daughter was playing with the water for ages getting all wet, I had a relaxing time with my coffee in the sun whilst she had a great time.

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Playgrounds are also extremely clean here, I have been so impressed about it. It is enjoyable to let your child run around and play when you don’t have to worry about trash and dirt.

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Happy child, Happy life

We are still enjoying Sydney and flying down to Melbourne on Saturday. We are hanging out with friends and sipping local beer and wine. I have gotten so many great tips regarding wines from our friends. I have eaten so much amazing sushi and Asian food that I am about to pop. Food here is super tasty and I love the individual coffee shops in every corner.

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Bondi Beach.

What I love the most are the fresh ingredients. I have enjoyed grocery shopping every day since we arrived, all the greenies, fruits, salads, meat come from Australia..or from New Zealand if being foreign. Call me crazy but I think my daughter tastes the goodness. She never ate blueberries in the UK as they were totally tasteless when being imported from Africa or South America (probably have spent days or weeks in the ship or containers). Yesterday I gave her fresh Australian blueberries and she ate 200g in one go! I watched her and I felt confused and happy at the same time. She never ate plums or grapes in the UK either as they were either unripe or bitter, here she has been munching plums and green grapes like never seen before. In general she has had a great appetite, better than ever and she loves the outdoors and is jumping like a small lamb every morning when going out.

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Our daughter loving Bondi sand.

Allergy care here seems to be as good as in Finland or even better. Most childcare centres are egg and nut free to make sure no accidents happen, some of them even kiwi free if they have an anaphylactic child to a kiwi fruit. Just fantastic! For almost two years I begged from the specialist in the UK to get special Immunocap ISAC allergy tests done and they just did not refer us to those even though our child was prescribed to Epipen and was basically known to be allergic to dairy, soy, egg, nuts, seeds, kiwi, all pulses (peas, lentils, beans), so an extreme multi-allergic child. Here we went to the GP and got a referral straight away. The blood test has been done and now we are just waiting for the full allergy profile with 112 allergy components. I have felt so utterly grateful that I cannot find the words.

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Keeping shade and drawing.

The friends we are staying with have a dairy allergic daughter same age as our daughter and it has been amazing to talk to them about it all. The way the allergy care has been handled here in Sydney is exemplary. They got a food introduction plan from the paediatrician and by saying this I mean a proper plan that even included the order of grains and fish they should introduce. I have been listening feeling jealous thinking what our life could have been here if we migrated earlier. I am thinking how I could have prevented all the anxiety, fear, feelings of being helpless. I really suffered in the UK with no help and I felt like an animal in the cage, no way out of the allergy hell as I call it. I still remember that I even told to the specialist that I could pay anything and I really meant anything to get the special Immunocap tests done in the UK but I did not get a referral. I am really passionate about this all as you can probably read between the lines. I know how much fear and anxiety is involved in children’s allergies particularly if you don’t get any health care support and you are all alone with an anaphylactic child. I guess I owe a huge thank to Australian Medicare already to help us right away since migrating. I think after we have gotten these results our life will look a lot brighter as we know more and we can start introducing new food without sitting around the kitchen table an adrenaline pen ready to go.

This week we are still planning to go to Manly, Taronga Zoo, centre to see the opera house and stuff more sushi into ourselves. We are also looking forward to the Australia day party at our place in Melbourne. We have the old London Australian crew together, this time with toddlers so it will be such an amazing reunion! Cannot wait!

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Hi from Sydney!

We have been so busy and have not had much internet for the past 5 days. We flew to Sydney the other day. It is great here! It is so lovely to see our friends. They have a little daughter same age as our daughter so the two girls have been extremely busy playing and swimming.

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Yesterday we went to Watsons Bay, it is a lovely small beach, water is not rough and there is lots of shade for little ones. We set up our tent and had BBQ there. Great way to spend all day. Today we will go to Bondi beach, have some fish and chips maybe and swim more. Kids love it and we can just relax and chat.

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We had some super tasty Japanese last night, Asian food is so good here in Australia, so fresh. We have been drinking extremely good Aussie Chardonnay and really had the most relaxing time. Our daughter has slept well and we have been waking up every morning feeling refreshed. The weather is unreal here, so sunny, so warm and so beautiful. Sydey is such a beautiful city. The natural harbour is just gorgeous! I have been here before but not at this time of the year.

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Our daughter has had a great appetite too due to the outdoorsy lifestyle. The sun and beach make a big difference. She could spent hours on the sand where the water is hitting the sand just building sandcastles and playing with her bucket.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. I cannot wait to hit the beach!

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