Keeping My Shape (Somewhat) in Shape

I’ve been talking a lot about food. Specifically, pastries. Cookies. Cakes. Wine. Sometimes all in one meal. Usually I am fairly healthy, I like to exercise regularly and I am a vegetarian. However, it’s become more regular for me to adopt the “I’m on vacation” mantra. A delicious mantra, that one is.

Such was the case when I stopped by Infinity Bakery in King’s Cross the other day. Yes, I took a photo of my dessert. But it was THAT good, I just had to remember it. It was also the size of a small pizza. Before judging me, I’m sure there have been times when you have eaten something and thought “man oh man, this is awesome. Nothing will ever taste better than this. I wish I could remember it forever,” well I went one step further and documented it. And I ate the whole thing in one sitting.

But it’s not all cakes and pastries. One of my favourite, cheap activities to do whilst vacationing is walking or hiking, and there are plenty of good options for it in Sydney. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk (you can stop at Bronte if you get tired – or, alternatively, if you want some gelato! Which may be counter-intuitive to the purpose of this post) is a 6 km walk taking you past beautiful beaches and even more beautiful people. The latter makes it a bit easier to bypass some of the bakeries and cake shops in town.

You  can start the walk after doing some good people-watching in Bondi Beach. Then you’ll pass  Tamarama, Bronte (and if you’re like me, get absolutely tossed about by the waves and then subsequently sunburnt after napping on the beach), Clovelly, and eventually Coogee. Conveniently, there’s a bus stop near Coogee which was most helpful for the ride back to Bondi. I was exhausted!

Another great option that I’ve enjoyed quite a bit is to get out on the water on a ferry. I went to Watson’s Bay and Manly and puttered about both. Stay tuned for more about both of those, which deserve  their own posts due to my adventures.

While it wasn’t cheap, I splurged and went to Yoga on the Beach in Bondi, which afforded pretty fan-freaking-tastic views. Granted, it wasn’t totally relaxing – I had to really strain to hear the instructor over the crashing waves (neat) and sounds of Willow Smith blaring in the background (not so neat). There’s something about I WHIP MY HAIR BACK AND FORTH I WHIP MY HAIRRR BACK AND FORTH that does tend to distract your balance when trying to hold a position. But at any rate, after yoga I went for a swim here:

Yes, the ocean comes into the pool. Yes, it was hilarious trying to lane swim competing with that and semi-professional athletes. And yes, I only lasted about five minutes before calling it a day (yoga was tiring, yo!).

All this talk about exercise has made me hungry!


8 thoughts on “Keeping My Shape (Somewhat) in Shape

  1. I HAVE to go to that swimming pool! I’m normally not a huge fan of swimming pools because they’re either full of bacteria and/or astronomical amounts of chemicals but I could definitely put that aside to swim in a pool that has ocean waves crashing into it!

    Keep up the awesome blogging! I’m going to send your blog address on to Tom’s parents because I think they’d get a kick out of seeing where you’ve been (they ask me every time I talk to them and since you’ve been doing lots of sight seeing I usually can’t remember or give them specific details!).

  2. Sam: It sounds like you are doing what we did in Sydney ……although i’m sure we had it alot hotter (42 deg. C) …..we did that same walk …absolutley Fabulous vistas……we were glad to hear from Tor that you made out alright in Christchurch …….we left an hour b4 the Quake…… travels……..

    jim & jenny (tom’s parents)

    1. Glad to hear you are okay too! You had excellent timing with your departure, whew! The weather here has been pretty picture-perfect – today’s my last day, and it’s the first cloudy one we’ve had. Not too hot and not too cold.

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