Mother’s Day Classic Sydney 2018

With the occasion of the Mother’s Day Classic Sydney a few of  Fernwood Fitness Broadway members, including myself,  put our strength and excitement together and formed groups of 4-5 to participate in the annual run/walk supporting breast cancer research.

We had participants for both the 4 km and 8 km walk or run sections and for some of us it’s been the first time ever running such distances.

Despite the cold and rainy weather and the early start of the event, we all showed up with big smiles on our faces and a lot of energy at the start line at Martin Place.

Between other hundreds, both adults and kids,  we started our run as a team, supporting each other along the way and keeping our smiles on the whole time.

Laurice – personal trainer at Fernwood Broadway – besides being a great inspiration in general at the gym, she’s been a useful support of our team and payed attention to us, asking from time to time whether we needed to stop to get water or so.

Although, the last section of the run felt rather difficult, we all finished the 4 km in aprox 30 min and collected proudly our medals.

As soon as we’ve taken our “champions” photo, the rain started again, so basically we managed to squeeze in our run between two rain showers.

Although 4 km may not be much for many people, for some of us that never ran this long, it meant a real accomplishment and the first of many runs that will follow. This might be the first step towards a marathon?

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New Years Eve in Sydney

The beauty of Sydney Harbour is on any given day mind blowing, but on New Year’s Eve it’s in particular stunning.

No wonder that people travel from overseas just to watch the famous fireworks when the clock hits midnight. It’s very common to see people struggling to find a good place already in the morning of December 31, taking their meals for the day and literally spending the whole day out, sometimes in terrible heat, just to experience a once in a lifetime event.

I was still little kid when I watched in the tv for the first time and I remember staring with my mouth open because it was absolutely beautiful. Back home, in Romania was still just after midday and those people on the other side of the world were yelling Happy New Year. I thought that’s amazing! And they did that wearing shorts and summer dresses, while I had warm pullovers on even inside the house. It was fascinating to think that it’s summer somewhere while at my place is winter and that it’s night when at me is day still. I started to develop a passion for Australia and especially for Sydney every year after. I am grateful for the tv channels that transmitted a short part of the New Years fireworks from the major cities around the world in the order of the time zones. Sydney was always the first, the most beautiful and my favorite every single time. Long story short: I made my bucket list item to be part of it not just spectator from my couch at home.

First time I spent New Years in Sydney was two years ago, loved it, but haven’t been so lucky to have the best viewing spot. This time, things happened differently .

I happened to be invited last minute to probably the most wanted places to be on this special evening.

At 11 pm, when we got to the Opera Kitchen, the atmosphere was great, the views amazing and the people more than excited. For starters some snack and a glass of wine, but at midnight the champagne didn’t miss either.

When the countdown started everybody turned towards the Harbour Bridge shouting out loud the numbers 3,2,1.

The spectacular fireworks lit up the sky of Sydney and colored it for a few seconds with bright blue, red and golden colors, offering us a memorable 20 minutes of show and excitement.

To my right was the Opera House, to my left the Harbour Bridge and both looked wonderful as the fireworks kept on going.

Any better view for New Years Eve in Sydney I don’t think I could have wished for.

The venue was full but not overcrowded, our table being located probably in the best spot, easily could see everything that did matter.

Another new year, quite a special one, has started in an unexpectedly interesting way in my favorite city.Happy 2018!