Travel Guide: Port Stephens

One of the great things about studying abroad in Sydney is its close proximity to nearby trip destinations. That, and the fact that our school schedules make every weekend a long weekend, make weekend trips our favorite activity. Last weekend, we took a 2-3 hour drive out to Port Stephens. Here’s how it went:

Day 1: Travel Day– We rented two GoGet cars for our big group to get to Port Stephens. I went in the later car so we arrived at around 11:30pm.– Keep in mind whoever volunteers to drive in Australia should be comfortable with driving both on the left side of the road and in the right side of the car!– Since we arrived late, we just watched a movie and went to sleep.

Day 2: Sand Boarding– Some of the group went this morning to do a “dolphin discovery cruise” that seemed fun! Instead, I opted to walk to a nearby beach after breakfast with a couple friends. We did planks and a short but sweaty workout, and then I jumped into the frigid water to cool off in my #alameaswimwear. After that, we tanned a little and headed back to change before the rest of the group got back.– At around 2pm, we got to the sand dunes for sand boarding. Our reservation was supposed to be an hour, but they said we could stay until closing time. 10/10 recommend sand boarding! Beware: sand will get EVERYWHERE. – When we got back, we took showers and had a homemade burger/kebab dinner.

Day 3: ATVs + Camel Ride– This morning, the group and I went ATV riding! It was so much fun and the helmets they gave us to wear all had colorful wigs attached – perfect photo op.– We ate lunch and got back around 3pm but couldn’t rest long because we were going back to the sand dunes for a sunset camel ride!– Turns out we were somehow supposed to get to our camel riding reservation 30 minutes early without having been informed to do so. The people working there were pretty pissed at us, but they ended up letting us ride for 20 minutes at $30AUD. It was then that we found out our hour camel ride would’ve been $80AUD, so this was a blessing in disguise because #collegebudget. – The ride ended up being such a nice time. We went to the ocean and back and had some really awesome photos taken on the camels as the sun began to set. – Once the ride was over, we stayed on the dunes to watch the sun completely set. The wind today was pretty rough, so it looks like the sand in our ears isn’t going away any time soon.– When we got back, the girls went in the hot tub to warm up. We all took showers and had a huge Chinese takeout feast from a restaurant nearby.

Day 4: Travel Day- I didn’t do much this morning besides pack up, because I left in the early car. I feel compelled to let everyone know that I DROVE THE CAR BACK. Also, this drive did not consist of any crashes or injuries. Thank you.

Hope you can all make it to Port Stephens and get as sandy as I did!

Aletha Garnette

#alameabeachbabe

@aletha_odg


Travel Guide: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful city—It’s both modern & historical, and urban & natural. And nothing’s better than the summertime. But what is there to do? This is every spot you should hit on a sunny week.

  • Swim in the canal (in your #alameaswimwear)–> at Kalvebod Bølge or Ofelia Plads
  • Eat on the water –> at Kayak Bar or La Banchina
  • Go to the beach –> at Amager Strandpark
  • Eat lots of pastries –> at Lagkagehuset or Sankt Peders Bageri on Wednesdays for CINNAMON ROLL deals
  • Rent a bike! it’s the best way to get around
  • Rent a Go Boat! (don’t forget to bring wine and cheese)
  • Go to a food market –> at Reffen (they have yummy 2L drink buckets!) or Torvahallerne
  • Grab Frankies Pizza and eat by the water!
  • Go to brunch and be sure to get a ton of little plates –> at Sidecar, Møller Kaffe & Køkken or Mad & Kaffe
  • Get a bird’s eye view –> from the top of the Church of our Saviour
  • Check out Danish design –> at the Danish Architecture Center and the Designmuseum
  • Sit, eat, and drink in any of Copenhagen’s parks, like Ørstedparken, King’s Garden,Frederiksberg Park, or the Botanical Gardens! P.S. open container laws are a game changer 🙂
  • Check out Nørrebro –> try some porridge at GRØD or farm-to-table food at Manfredsalso look in the shops on that street!
  • Rent a hot tub boat –> at CopenHot – especially for when it’s a little chillier out
  • Go to not-your-typical amusement park – Tivoli! Walk around, go on rides, eat in the food hall. There are also Friday night concerts.
  • Get the photo op at Nyhavn Canal!
  • Try a Danish classic, soft ice! But with a caffeinated twist at Coffee Collective
  • If you’re missing tacos (like I constantly am), go to Mæxican or La Neta.
  • And if you want to learn a little more about the city’s history –> go on a tour with Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.

Also some good things to know:

  • Denmark is part of the EU but doesn’t use the Euro! Just abouteverywhere takes card though. Also, no need to tip at restaurants.
  • 99% of Danes over the age of 12 speak English at the professional level,so no to stress about a language barrier.
  • Watch out for bikers! And learn the hand signals if you rent a bike.
  • There are no Ubers here. Public transport and biking are your best friends!

Bye from København!

Jill Brady

#alameabeachbabe

@jillianbrady

Travel Guide: Capri

Rather than give you an exact itinerary of all the must-do’s of Capri, #alameabeachbabe Allison gives us major inspo to copy her 24 hour adventure in the beautiful island…

“We started in Naples, where our cruise ship docked at the port. From there we took a cab to the marina where we had booked a private boat to take us to Capri for the day.
The boat took us straight to the Blue Grotto. We got into tiny row boats, where men rowed us into the grotto (where the Little Mermaid supposedly took place!). It was the coolest thing – the entrance is really tiny so everyone had to duck into the rowboat in order to get into the cave. Inside, the cave is pitch black but the water is ELECTRIC blue. It’s absolutely unreal. I slipped out of the row boat into the water to swim for a bit – in my #alameaswimwear of course. It was so cold and super salty but also the coolest thing I’ve ever done!

Once we left the Blue Grotto, our boat took us through the Faraglioni rocks. We stopped the boat again to jump off and swim some more in the Mediterranean. After that, we docked the boat and got to explore Capri.
We wandered the streets and went into tons of shops. Then, we went to lunch…where I had the best meal ever (think pizza, prosciutto, cantaloupe, caprese, calamari, ravioli, seafood linguine, and the list goes on…). Once we walked off the food we got back on the boat and headed back towards Naples to finish our cruise!”

Happy traveling!

Allison Del Castillo

#alameabeachbabe

@allisonanndelc

Travel Guide: Miami

Miami: where I live and you vacation…but there is so much more to Miami than sunshine and (Alamea) bikinis! Here is a list of my top recommendations for everything foodie, adventure, and exercise:

EATS:

  • Finka – the most delicious Cuban-Asian fusion!! MUST get the tostones topped with vaca frita, arroz con pollo fritters, islas canarias croquetas, vaca frita pizza and masitas de puerco + the cookie skillet and guava cheesecake to end. YES, all of those things, no excuses!
  • Casa Cuba – local authentic Cuban food (the best kind). Can’t go wrong!
  • Sir Pizza – a casual go-to lunch/dinner spot for Miami locals after a long day on the beach in Key Biscayne (pro tip: dip your pizza in ranch).
  • Komodo – for a fancy, quite expensive, but très yummy night out…all their food is DELICIOUS.
  • St. Roch Market – super cute brunch spot with outdoor seating in the iconic design district! Truffle avocado toast to garlic shrimp tacos to fluffy pizzas by the slice!
  • Luke’s Lobster – the only lobster roll you will ever eat. Warm buttery bread…chilled fresh lobster…need I say more?
  • Pubbelly – Pubbelly has three nearby Miami locations, therefore there is no excuse not to go! Must order: big eye tuna, rockshrimp tempura & Wagyu beef tartare roll.
  • Casa Tua – a classy version of a food court in Brickell City Center…pasta + steak every time.
  • Kiki on the River – Greek restaurant on the Miami River with a viiiiibbeeeee. The most aesthetically pleasing + perfect dinner before a night out.
  • Lokal – when you’re craving a nice juicy burger.
  • Whisk – burger fridays have my heart but so do their chicken fingers…

DESSERTS:

  • Boca’s house – the most extravagant milkshakes dangerous to all with lactose intolerance.
  • Villagio’s – They. Have. Chocolate. Lava. Cakes.
  • Fireman Derek’s – for the yummiest pies.
  • Piononos – for the iconic strawberry pavlova featured in every Miami family event.
  • @sweetsbysofi – for a personal order of homemade cookies that will make gaining a few pounds worth every second.
  • Whip n’ dip – the local ice cream shop that will never run out of business! The best cookie cups, cookies, soft serve, ice cream, etc. I suggest getting an unfrosted cookie cup, having them heat it up, pour vanilla soft serve on top, and top with some oreos or sprinkles. You’re welcome.
  • Knaus Berry Farm – people drive there at 5am to wait in the longest lines for these cinnamon rolls…that says something.
  • Azúcar Ice Cream – Abuela Maria ice cream on Calle Ocho? Yes, please!

WHERE TO GO WHEN THESE DESSERTS ARE HURTING MY (ALAMEA) BIKINI BODY:

  • Casa Vinyasa – yoga every damn dayyyyyyy-
  • Jetset Pilates – for an ass kicking workout that will simultaneously kill you/make you feel beautiful
  • F45 – burn 800+ calories in a workout that makes you feel like a badass (with a good ass)
  • SoulCycle – for that uplifting cardio

THINGS TO DO:

  • shopping and people watching in Lincoln road
  • see the contemporary art in PAMM
  • shop and walk around the iconic Miami Design District
  • bike down Shark Valley
  • have a picnic and some A.C.’s Icees at Kennedy Park (maybe bring your dog)
  • go boating to Elliott Key
  • tan at Miami Beach (in your #alameaswimwear, of course)
  • find your zen at a yoga class
  • walk the Wynwood Walls
  • drive through Miami’s Art Deco District
  • take Bright Line to Palm Beach and eat at Restoration Hardware

Hope that satisfies your Miami adventure (&foodie) needs!

xoxo,

Ani Machado

Owner/Designer of Alamea Swimwear

@animachado