Okay so we didn’t actually spend Valentine’s at Ikea – we went to brunch first (as we do). The Grounds of Alexandria was packed with millenials trying to get a decent selfie in front of their elaborate V-Day decorations, but we were somehow able to snag a table after just a few minutes wait. The food there has yet to disappoint, and we were both stuffed to the brim after a big brekkie and tuna niçoise.
We did run to Ikea after, taking the bus a few stops over (remembering to signal this time!) in search of a second set of sheets and a few kitchen essentials for the apartment. We have a fully furnished apartment here in Sydney, but I was finding myself missing a decent sized mixing bowl, and the restaurant girl in me couldn’t spend another day using just one wooden cutting board for ALL our cooking (ServSafe would NEVER approve). Ikea is Tyler’s own hell on Earth, so we tried to make our trip as short as a visit to Ikea can possibly be.
One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to explore a slightly more “suburban” side of Sydney. Though it was still very much the city, these neighborhoods were packed with more stand alone houses than we’ve encountered yet. Despite the heavy brickwork and crowded streets, it was easy to find the same green lushness I’ve become so familiar with here. I’m looking forward to heading west more often to see how these neighborhoods change from region to region.
We stayed in for dinner, having a few scallops and a single blue swimmer crab - not worth the effort of cracking it, but we didn’t want to shell out the big bucks for a mud crab - from the fish market and watching a bit of TV before calling it an early night.