Well, what a glorious long weekend! I can’t believe the weather – it was so hot and sunny here in Sydney. Me and Chile went up to the Central Coast for a spot of camping. We found this great little spot called Tallow Beach, right next to the beach.
It only had a compost loo, so none of this glamping malarkey, and you had to walk maybe 20 mins to get there. Nothing too strenuous and the trail is partly shaded, but it meant hiking with all our gear so we had to pack light. I added an extra 3 litres of water to our usual 5 and I’m so glad I did.
I’ve only been camping twice, but I find it amazing the way my body instinctively wants to sleep when it gets dark and wake up when it gets light. Once electronics like phones and TV are removed, we digress back to how we would have slept back in the day. It reminds me of being in the Philippines, when people sleep early and wake early.
Ahead of the long weekend (thank you Labour Day), I wanted to share some thoughts on podcasts. I am obsessed with them. They got me through some VERY long train journeys going through Russia and cheered me up when I was feeling lonely in a remote commune in the middle of the largest freshwater lake in Siberia.
The highlight of my Monday morning is plugging in my earphones and listening to my favourite podcast on the bus. I’m transported to the English countryside and get lost in the voices, characters and storylines (more later). Helps me with the dreaded Monday morning blues, that’s for sure.
There are thousands of podcasts out there, so where to start? Here is my pick of the bunch and ones I listen to regularly…
I love Melbourne and for my latest trip, my friend Claire had the good idea of booking a professional barista coffee course aimed at becoming a barista. I absolutely LOVE coffee and being the home of Aussie coffee, this seemed like the perfect thing to do in Melbourne. We’d talked about doing a course for ages and it was part of our “life plans” (more on that in another post), plus it sounded like fun, so I jumped at the chance.
Barista Basics Coffee Academy is in the CBD and we signed up for Barista Basics three hour course, which gives you the basic theory and practical skills you need to work as a barista. Sounds simple right? I was shocked at how much there is to know about coffee making and I now have a new-found appreciation for my local coffee man. Those guys work hard and have seriously amazing multi-tasking skills.
This is it, my first post. My name’s Lou, I’m a Brit living in Sydney and I love a lot of things. I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now and toyed with various ideas. They’ve all had one thing in common though and that’s my passion to live a fulfilling life with a happy heart and mind. I want to show you how I try and achieve this myself, so we can all bring a bit more love into our lives without the bull-shit, kale smoothies and 4am boot camps – let’s just be real ok?
One of my main loves (aside from chocolate) is massage. You’ll notice that this theme will run throughout the blog as I am addicted, and I sense a lot of you out there are as well. But, how do you know where to go for that allusive perfect massage? What if you want to DIY? How can you persuade your partner to give you more foot rubs?
Through tips, advice, travel, exercise, health, recipes, exploring Sydney, my friends, my family and honest reviews of the different massages available to you, here’s to inspiring more love into our lives through health, wellness and life.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to read about. Comment below or reach me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @thelouloves.
Love Lou xo
The Grand Royal Thai Massage on Clarence Street in Wynyard is the best Thai massage in Sydney. If I want a relaxing treatment at a good price, I go here. It never lets me down.
The place looks a bit dodgy from the outside, but as soon you walk through the door you’re welcomed into a piece of relaxing spa heaven. The sound of water trickling, soft music and low lighting always makes me instantly relaxed.
The staff are lovely and friendly and straight away offer you hot tea and a warm foot bath. There’s a good choice of massages, from the Thai Massage, where you’re twisted, stretched and cracked, to my favourite – the Grand Oil Combination – which is a combination of 30 mins of oil back massage and 30 mins of foot reflexology. Even better is that the oil is warmed in the winter and hot towels are used, which means I often fall asleep during my treatment.
The things that make this place different are consistency, price and value. Lots of Thai places offer cheap services, but not the relaxing atmosphere or spa experience which I love. Here, you get both plus the massages are ALWAYS amazing.
Even better news is that there’s currently a 5% discount on cash payments and you can earn points for every massage, which are then exchanged for a free 60-min massage. It’s taken me about a year to earn enough points, but worth collecting the stamps.
Lou Loves: Five stars
Do you guys like Thai massage? Where is your best Thai massage in Sydney?