In a previous This Is The Golden Age post, Yvonne listed the Top 5 Things To Do In Winter (That Cost Money). Today, we bring you The Top 5 Things To Do In Winter (That Are Totally Free). So keep those purse strings drawn, and let Cynthia be your thrifty guide.
1. Live music early in the week
Finding free live music in Sydney is easy at the beginning of the week and my favourite place to go is 505 in Surry Hills. The ideal times to go are on Monday nights when they have free Jazz jam sessions and on Tuesday when they have old school funk and groove night. Curl up in one of the craggily leather chairs that are always occupied over the weekend and let the music wash over you.
2. Watch your favourite movies
Save this one for a particular rainy and windy day, when there’s track work on your train line and you can’t be bothered to wear anything but pyjamas. This is the perfect and rare opportunity to watch those movies you quote endlessly and you secretly love. Recently I revisited the teenage angst-ridden world of the Breakfast Club shortly followed by the bright and classic Singing in the Rain and then some Harry Potter because…why not? I am not ashamed of my choices.
3.Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains
The Mountains epitomises winter for me and the colder and mistier the day the better. As soon as there is a crisp cool breeze in the air I want to jump on the next train to Leura, bundle up in my warmest coat, gloves and beanie (because there is rarely the need to use all three winter items when in Sydney) and breathe in the fresh mountain air. It is nice to go café hopping in the upper-mountains as a way to stay warm, but if you’re looking for free things to do I recommend going bushwalking. It may sound awful to face the numbing wind and the mist that suddenly appears then disappears as quickly as you can blink but the exercise keeps you warm. An added bonus is that there aren’t as many tourists around on those days so you have the opportunity to take those picturesque photos without masses of people getting in the way.
4. Create something
Sometimes being hauled up at home because it’s too cold to go outside can be the best motivator to finally play your piano that’s getting dusty, to draw something with those pencils you bought a year ago but never even touched or edit those photos you took on your last holiday. I find that the howling winds and grey clouds can muster the best inspiration even to the most unimaginative of minds.
5. Curl up in bed and read.
It’s simple, but it’s a classic.
- Cynthia C.