Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sydney, Australia: New Years, Fireworks, and the Proposal of a lifetime :)!!!!

I aimed for getting these next two entries written before I went on my latest vacation to the east coast, but I clearly failed miserably. So here I am trying to recall all of the events from weeks ago. Here is my best attempt at doing so.

After an epic two weeks in New Zealand, we headed to Sydney, Australia, which oddly enough, felt something like heading back to my home country. I was pretty excited to be back on my home turf, even if we're being completely honest here, isn't reallyyyy my home at all. Except that.. it is.. for now anyway.

Never in my life, have I experienced so many amazing moments, in such a SHORT amount of time. We only had 3 days in Sydney, but the incredible memories will stay with me for a lifetime.

I remember looking at my best friend Amy as we headed for landing, with tears in my eyes and thinking... 'she has no idea what she's in for'. And for some of you reading, you may have no idea either. Hint: it's in the title.

Let me start with this. About 5 months ago, Amy's boyfriend Jeff emailed me with a proposition. I thought I maybe had an idea about what it entailed, but thought he simply wanted my opinion, or blessing, help with some details, or maybeeee he just needed help with a Christmas present. But boy was I wrong. He had a plan.. a very big plan, and wanted ME to be a part of it.

And I (very) happily agreed!

So, fast forward through the hundreds of emails and phone calls that led us here, and let us get to the good stuff-- New Years Eve.

Amy and I spent the day visiting the Sydney Harbour, The Opera house, and figuring out the public transportation, which for the record, is very easy to navigate. I loved the city itself, and the hot and sunny weather was definitely appreciated as well!

She was clearly annoyed that I was on my phone every 5 seconds, emailing every time I went to the bathroom, at 3 am, every time we left our hotel.. as he was LITERALLY across the street from us, and even at the airport when our planes landed within 10 minutes of each other. And aside from that, I was a nervous and sweaty wreck all day, and trying to keep my cool. It's really hard to get in touch with someone who doesn't have a working phone for the country you're in, and when the wifi royally SUCKS fyi. I wouldn't recommend it.

I think she forgave me once she found out why though :).

We hopped on this amazing and hella (do people still say that?) expensive dream cruise that Jeff set up for us, and I had no idea at this point what was going on, where he was, or how the proposal was going to work... and Amy sure didn't make it easy on me either! After FINALLY sneaking away from her, and finding him downstairs with the crew, I was informed of the plan, and had Amy exactly where he wanted her.

See that pretty girl in the purple?! Yep. She's about to be engaged. 

A racing heart, and multiple champagnes later, and he finally made his appearance. I was naturally an emotional wreck as 5 months of planning was finally falling into place, and I was about to witness the most amazing and surreal moment of my life. Can you imagine seeing your best friends face as she realizes her boyfriend just flew 11,000 miles to propose.. under the fireworks.. in Sydney.. on an all inclusive cruise.. on the harbour?!?!?

After crying for hours, breathing again, and taking in all of the sights in the darkness, I hunted down my Argentinian prince for a midnight kiss. He was working on the cruise, and was flawlessly filling my champagne glasses the whole night. Even when I was double fisting them. He commented on my drinking ability, and it was clearly love at first sight.

But really, I just needed someone to help me cope with the fact that I would soon be entering the 'closer to 30 than 20' age group, the fact that my planned midnight kiss (Amy) had been taken, and for the fact that I hadn't kissed anyone in... awhile. Call me ;).

The next day Jeff worked his magic again, and booked us a dinner at the fanciest restaurant with the best view in town. Fancy dinners are a bit out of my league, but it was beautiful, and we had SO many things to celebrate that day- vacations, love, proposals, and my birthday.

The restaurant we went to was called Park Hyatt and was RIGHT on the water, and in direct view of the Opera house, and we had the best seat in the house. It comes HIGHLY recommended as a high class and modern restaurant. Although incredibly expensive, it had some of the best food and wine I've had in awhile. And just as we sat down at 9 pm? More fireworks! I was in heaven. What a great way to end the first day of my 26th year.

Me and Amy celebrating in style

I mean seriously. That view though.

A BIG thank you to Jeff for including me on the proposal of a lifetime and for treating me to SO many amazing things in Sydney. You really made the trip extra special for all of us.

It was an unforgettable birthday... aside from the post 3 shots of whiskey that I unknowingly took because of you. But thank you for those as well.

A big congratulations to the happy couple, and for allowing me to be a part of one of the most special moments I have ever witnessed in my life. I can't wait to be a part of your big day :).

Sydney is a beautiful city that I am now convinced dreams really do come true in. From stunning views to epic love stories, this is a place I would highly recommend to anyone.

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  1. That is SUCH an amazing story--and you are a great friend for making sure it all went off without a hitch! I've always wanted to go to Sydney, and this post just reconfirms to me that it would be a wonderful, wonderful place to visit. Also, love your green dress in the second picture!

    1. It was pretty MAGICAL! Sydney is great, but I really liked east coast Australia too! Those posts will be coming soon so stay tuned! And thank you for the comment on the dress. Spotting girls in green and purple sure made it easy on the crew members :).

  2. A really magical story and a really great friend you must be to help organise something like this for your friend.. I hope your travels take you to ireland sometime.. I sure would be honoured to meet you :) x

    1. It was a once in a lifetime moment. Such a great thing to be a part of! I actually have been to Ireland once, but only to Dublin, Galway and the Cliffs of Moher. I would LOVE to go back, and it's definitely on my agenda. I'll get back there sooner than later I hope :). Would love to meet when I'm in the area! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  3. Very good story, I am off to Sydney myself in a few days cant wait for it. Hope I have a good a time as you have!

    1. You will have a GREAT time! Sydney is beautiful :).