Every year I tell myself I’ll participate in a fun run or walk, and every year they come and go.
So this year when I came across ‘Meet me in the Middle’, a 10km walk where participants walked from North, South, East and West to meet in the middle with a picnic for foodies, I registered myself and a friend and locked it in the diary.
With what seems like weeks of heavy and never-ending, unpredictable rain, yesterday Sydney put on a stunner of day and the sunshine came out to play.
We kicked off our day with breakfast and coffee at our favourite local, ‘The Nook’, before ordering an Uber and having a super cruisy ride and chat to Waverton Park. We registered and collected our fire-engine red official t-shirts, smothered ourselves in sunscreen and waited eagerly at the start line. With some excited air jumps and arms in the ear, we did the countdown and were off.
I was in awe the entire walk, exploring and marvelling at this amazing city and harbour I am so fortunate to call home. I was so thrilled to be playing tourist in my own city that I’m surprised our walk didn’t take twice as long with the amount of photo’s I stopped to snap.
Seeing the harbour from so many different angles, finding pathways that I didn’t know existed, wandering along small little beaches that just called for me to stop and dip my toes in was inspiring and fulfilling, and reminded me of the importance of doing things for myself.
After an hour and a half, we wandered into Barangaroo and headed straight to the bar for a well earned G&T before collecting our pre-ordered picnic hamper (which was full of gourmet filled baguettes, sweet treats, salads and mini quiches). Once we were full to the brim, we packed up our things and explored the Barangaroo area, and yes, walk some more.
As we wandered along, marvelling at the sandstone, the landscaping and visually feasting on the old buildings brought back to life, we were drawn to the sounds of music in the Cutaway. We followed a path of light bulbs which opened to a circular ‘grassed’ area of deck chairs and cushions beckoning for us to lay down, switch off and immerse ourselves in a story of Barangaroo which was being brought to life through music. Not what we expected to be doing after our 10km walk, but a pleasant surprise.
We then walked back to Circular Quay, relaxed with one final cocktail in the majestic presence of the Voyager of the Seas, and then played tourist on the ferry back to Manly.
All in all, it was a fulfilling and inspiring day doing what I love – walking, talking, exploring, eating and drinking!