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Travel

Diagon Alley

A year and a half ago I visited the Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Florida. At that point I had only vague recollection of Harry Potter from the movies, as I was never an avid fan. Nonetheless I was blown away by how immersive it was, the attention to every last detail, the sounds, the sights, the smells(!), the scale of it.

Well, I just finished reading “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and all the memories of that trip came rushing back. Only now do I fully appreciate how great a job they’ve done at Universal Studios. The whole experience feels like walking through the pages of the book alongside Harry and Hagrid on their first trip to Diagon Alley. It truly is a magical place ❤️

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Landscape

Sunday walk

We had a beautiful Sunday, the weather begging to go outside. So we did, but instead of our usual playground or beach, we tried to pick an out-of-the-way spot. We ended up going to one of Sydney’s historic sites with old gun placements, which happens to have beautiful ocean views as well. Some people were walking and running nearby, but everyone was keeping their distance. In the end I’m glad we went, because late on Sunday a new round of social distancing measures went into place, and it looks like this will be our last such outing for the foreseeable future.

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Food

Mmm… donuts 🍩


Looking for great donuts in Sydney? Try Short Stop in Barangaroo – the Matcha one is my fave of the bunch 😋

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nature

After the rain

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iPhone Landscape

Rainy, with a chance of rainbow

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Landscape

Heavy skies

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nature

Scarlet

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Travel

Blue Kingdom

During (way overdue) cleanup of my hard drive, I uncovered a couple of photos from Disneyland from last year. Some turned out really well! I only had one day for sightseeing, so had to decide which park to visit, and landed on Magic Kingdom. Aside from “The Happiest Place on Earth” message being pushed a little too hard at times (or maybe it’s just the Grinch in me), the whole experience was really fun and immersive — 10/10 would go again!

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Uncategorized

Not long now

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Landscape nature

Autumn light

We’re well into autumn now, but it can be hard to tell most days, with sunny, blue skies, and evergreen trees and shrubs. There isn’t much of those gorgeous reds and oranges from the falling leaves. But if you look closely, particularly at sunset, you’ll catch a glimpse of that unmistakably warm, autumn light.