The weather lately has been a bit dodgy. I think it’s Australia reminding me that it is actually entering winter. For some reason I thought it was always summer down under. Truth be told, the weather my first week here was fantastic. It was warm, sunny and hell, I’d just left an SF winter. 75 degrees felt nice.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. For the past few weeks it’s been switching between windy or wet. Sometimes both. Temps are in the low to mid fifties. Overall, really not that bad, but I have to complain about something…
Weather aside, I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with some people since I’ve been here and meet a few more in the process. It’s been pretty easy meeting people through friends of friends. As an expat, I think you tend to gravitate to other foreigners. Still working on meeting the natives.
Saturday before last – I know I’m a bit behind – I went to the Sydney Fish Markets with my friends Chris & Liz. Liz is American, Chris is British. Liz went to school and worked in the UK where she met Chris. When deciding where they wanted to live they did the sensible thing. They moved thousands of miles away to a country neither had residency in. Actually, it was a pretty smart move. If you’re in the right profession Australia is one of the easier 1st world countries to immigrate to.
That aside… to the fish!
The Sydney Fish Market is the largest working fish market in the southern hemisphere. The majority of the space is dedicated to commerical fishing but they have a large area open to the public with options for fresh raw seafood, cooked seafood, sushi, oysters, really whatever you want. In addition, there is a bottle shop inside which offers tastings and pairing suggestions.
Blue crab, amazing!
Mud Crab, these guys were massive
Lobster, you gotta remember 1kg = 2.2lb
Just one of probably 6 stands serving oysters shucked right in front of you.
This big guy was at least 2 feet long.
Fresh sushi options – made right in front of you
Liz and I opted to share a platter including fried fillet, grilled octopus, calamari, oysters, clams and chips (fries for the US folks) and washed it down with some white wine. Chris isn’t a big fish fan so he had a beer.
Like usual, I remembered to take a photo after the food was gone…
Either way, it was a great way to enjoy food and drink with some new friends.
And also as usual, I forgot to get a group picture… damn.