Time Out’s newest team member has spent very little time with her colleagues IRL – but she has settled in just fine
Andrea, how are you making the most of the time at home during the Covid-19 crisis?
Spending time with the family and the new kitten. Having been away for four years in the UK, it’s been nice spending some quality time. Apart from that, I have started reading the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. I think I’m late to the party, but it has been a great read.
What content did you find particularly useful with the temporary brand change from Time Out to Time In?
I can’t cook (character flaw), so I’ve been keeping up with who is delivering during this time. In addition to that, I’ve been loving the content on where to go for hikes and how to exercise at home. Not one for big gym classes, so these are right up my alley.
What made you join Time Out?
Being away from Sydney for such a long time and using the Time Out London religiously, it seemed like a perfect fit to couple up work and familiarising myself with Sydney again. The brand has such a strong standing internationally, and I wanted to get amongst it!
Once the Covid crisis lifts, what will your perfect Sydney day look like?
Ah! Looking like it will probably be well into summer, it would have to be a long lunch with friends somewhere close to the coast, probably at Flour Eggs Water at Bondi, followed by an afternoon swim probably down in Tamarama, and then I’d roll straight into dinner. Massive foodie!
What was the last bit of Sydney you enjoyed prior to the lockdown?
Spending the day or evening at the beach. There really isn’t anything quite like it. After work or on the weekend, you can go to any of our pristine beaches, which make you feel like you have had a mini holiday. Coupled with cafés like Lox Stock and Barrel in Bondi or Blackwood Pantry in Cronulla, a day at the beach really makes you feel like you have taken a break from the grind and taken some time to recharge.
What was the first thing you did in Sydney when lockdown relaxed?
Saw all the friends who live outside where my usual daily walk was allowed. We went to a local in south Sydney, Postcard from Napoli. That truffle pizza is hard to beat!
Favourite bar, restaurant, neighbourhood in Sydney…
Bar would have to be Fred’s in Paddington. Restaurant? Ode in Bondi. Neighbourhood – Balmain, I love the houses around there, and it pretty much has everything you would want.
A fun fact you might not assume about me is…
I survived a monkey bite in the middle of the Amazon (there’s a story).
Do you have a personal motto?
Less is more.
A good Time Out campaign should…
Inspire you to explore what your city has to offer, give you that little edge to get outside your comfort zone and try something new.
A good media campaign should…
Show the strengths of the brand we are promoting by playing to Time Out’s strengths with its audience. Which, of course, is the trust to give them the knowledge on how to have a good time.
Plans this weekend?
Wodi Wodi track during the day, and dinner at Uno Mas in Coogee.
Andrea Njegus is Time Out’s Group Account Manager