The ExPat Diary: Happy Holidays from MustBeWanderlust

Hi friends! It’s Christmas Day here which means that the folks back home will shortly be settling into bed and waiting for Santa’s arrival (one good thing about this whole time zone thing: we don’t have to wait as long to open presents). I do have to admit that I’ve been a little homesick over the past few weeks. Sure we were excited to spend the holidays in Sydney – but that meant not seeing our family and friends or getting our yearly dose of cold weather and snow.

To combat these pangs of homesickness, Alex and I concluded that we needed to start a new tradition, and we figured the most Aussie thing we could do was to go to the beach. We even managed to find a dog friendly one in Sirius Cove Reserve, which meant that Luna could discover the joys of sand, surf, and swimming. So we set off to the beach for a little fun in the late afternoon sun:

Sirius Cove

Sirius Cove

"Ummmm, guys, I'm not so sure about this"

“Ummmm, guys, I’m not so sure about this”

Exploring new terrain (a facefull of sand)

Exploring new terrain (i.e. a facefull of sand)

"Actually, this isn't so bad at all"

“Actually, this isn’t so bad at all”

Luna looks out over Sirius Cove

Luna looks out over Sirius Cove

And she has quite a view of Sydney to gaze at!

And she has quite a view of Sydney to gaze at!

Sunbathing on the rocks with her right ear rakishly thrown back

Sunbathing on the rocks with her right ear rakishly thrown back

Luna was content to watch these two guys play - though they did invite her to participate

Luna was content to just watch these two guys play, but it’s safe to say that all the dogs had a ball here

After swimming we went for a walk in the reserve and met this little guy

After swimming we went for a walk in the reserve and met this little guy

Luna explores the wilderness

One last exploration before heading home

After our adventures at Sirius Cove, we headed back to the house to cook up a Christmas feast and open the presents our parents shipped over from the U.S. Although we missed being with the folks back home, Alex and I rather liked our new tradition (and it seems like Luna enjoyed it as well).

Whatever you are doing this holiday season, I hope its holly and jolly, merry and bright. And with that I’ll say a big Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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