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Royal Botantical Gardens in Early Spring

My apologies for not blogging much recently. I started working a few weeks back, and it’s been tough to get in the groove with both of us working, running, swimming, cleaning, keeping in touch with family, etc. Blogging has fell by wayside recently, but I’m going to try to get it back on the schedule!

Two weekends back, Rusty and I decided to revisit the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is on the harbour, near the Central Business District (CBD).

The past few weeks have been hard on us, and especially on Rusty. There was a death in the family back home in the States, and it is so, so hard to be away during times like these. Our thoughts were (and still are) constantly with Rusty’s family back home, so it was hard to get excited about exploring somewhere new. Rusty decided a trip back through the Royal Botanical Gardens would be good for both us. The last time we were there was in the winter, and we knew there would be an abundance of new things to see, now that it’s early spring.

This time, the gardens were green and lush, and they were packed with Sydney-ites picnicking and lounging. Have we mentioned that the gardens are free? You can walk right in off the street. Amazing.

We strolled through the palm grove and flower garden. Everything was blooming.

All of our bird friends were out and about, too. We saw this flock of cockatoos eating out this guy’s hand.

And, we saw these rainbow lorikeets, protecting their nest in the tree.

Cute, huh?

The northern edge of the gardens provide the most stunning views of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour.

Of course, we walked around to the edge of the park and went down into the water. Rusty needed to look at the things in it.

I took a minute to sit on the shore and think while he looked at things.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing place near us. It is so indescribably beautiful, and it is the perfect place to wander and think when you have a lot on your mind. I’m thankful it was there for us when we needed it, and I can’t wait to go back later in the summer.


About theacademicsabroad

Rusty and Ali are a couple of nerds who moved to Australia to go on adventures. Oh, and work. :)



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