Posts Tagged With: Travel

Proof that I’m Crazy

As if you guys hadn’t already figured it out.

I’m a nut. And a bit of an adrenaline junky. And when I say a bit, I mean huge. Like, jolly green giant huge. So I thought I’d post some proof.  Enjoy the photos. 🙂 I can guarantee I enjoyed having them taken.

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It’s about damn time I uploaded some pics — Melbourne in a Montage

Sorry the format is so weird guys. Here are a few highlights from my time in Melbourne.  White night, Philip Island tour, Grampians National Park camping with friends, fellow americans (and canadians).  Realized that some of the most important people of my time in Melbourne are not represented in my pictures! Mel, Dayton, Laura and Shenandoh, you have not been forgotten! Love you guys!
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Change is the only constant in life

Hey guys, I’ve been doing some thinking lately about this blog, my business dreams, etc. and after revisiting Marie Forleo’s B school module 1, I have realized that my website is not reflective of the direction I currently want to go in.  I love the environment and try to be green in my own life, but I don’t really want to talk about how to be green on the road in this blog, at least not yet. I don’t feel like I know enough about it myself to teach other people. So I’m reevaluating the message I want to get across to my readers. I want my message to you to be authentic and heartfelt. Which is why I’m going to focus on how you can overcome any obstacle to travel. It is something I have first hand experience with and know that I can help you out with. 

You will probably have noticed that my blogging has slowed down (er, stopped) recently and it is because I was getting so overwhelmed and stressed out trying to think of eco friendly tips I could share with you that I started avoiding wordpress like the plague. It’s amazing how much lighter I feel now that I’ve admitted that what I was doing wasn’t working! That brings me back to the title of this post: change is the only constant in life. No matter what it is you’re doing right now, if it isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to change it. Change doesn’t mean failure. It just means you are getting one step closer to who you truly want to be.

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I need a vacation…

I’ve been on the road 8 months today and it has been amazing. I’ve visited 6 countries, met up with 7 old friends, and made countless new ones. Now, however, I’m feeling a bit bogged down. I’ve had the flu this week but still managed to work 35 hours between my jobs as a promo girl for a travel agency and a waitress for a restaurant here in bondi. I’m stressed out because I haven’t been able to add to this website the way I wanted due to lack of free, reliable internet; I’m behind on Marie Forleo’s B-school and haven’t had a chance to participate in class discussions; and feeling a bit of pressure in other areas as well. So I need a vacation from traveling. Apparently this is normal for long term travelers and I’m glad I managed to make it this long without feeling the burn. To combat it, I’m moving out of the hostel and into a house share with free wifi. I’m also going to take a look at my schedule and see where I can pencil in a bit of me time a few times a week. Life is all about balance and travel is now a big part of my life, so I’m learning what I need to do to ground myself in what is a very transitory lifestyle. Tell next time, keep calm and travel on.

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I’m a Bond(i) Babe

Hey y’all, so I’ve been in Australia’s famous Bondi Beach for going on three weeks now. I was only meant to be here for a week, but missed my flight to brisbane (look for a post on that soon) and decided it was the universe telling me to stay. I think that must be the first time I’ve ever been ecstatic to miss a flight! So now it’s been three weeks on this lovely beachy paradise and I have no plans to leave. In fact, I just paid for another week’s accommodation today. I have a job working with the largest backpacker travel agency in Oz (don’t get too excited mom and dad, I’m working for travel vouchers instead of actual money) and pick up random jobs on the side. For instance, Saturday I am bartending for someone’s bday party and next week I’ll get paid to be part of an Easter show. Not exactly what I had in mind when I came to Oz, but it’s different and I’m loving all the new experiences I’ve been having! Also, I have to pay for reliable internet most of the time, unless I want to camp out in McDonald’s (yes, that’s where I am right now…don’t judge me…) so that’s why there have been fewer posts than normal lately. Don’t worry though, I’m working on a solution to that so you should start to see about 2 per week like before. Til next time, keep calm and travel on!

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Melbourne, fare thee well fair city

Ahhhh Melbourne, wonderful city I shall miss you. From the very first moment, you have captivated me. I’ve been wondering what to write about this enigmatic wonderland since I got here. Usually it’s quite easy to get the measure of a new city very quickly, but with Melbourne, I’ve been here over 3 months and am still discovering new suburbs and Melbourne-isms. So what should I talk about?

Perhaps Fitzroy, the first suburb I really explored which charmed me with its quirky bars and restaurants (Naked for Satan, anyone?) and its equally quirky people? One of the things I wasn’t jazzed about in Durham, North Carolina was the abundance of “hipsters”. To me, that word took on a connotation of fake, über cool wanna be’s who went out of their way to be ‘ironic’ in order to gain attention and be seen as different just for the sake of being different instead of just being them. It was annoying to say the least. In Fitzroy, you have similar fashion sense, music taste, and microbrewery obsession without the ego. Something about it is…I don’t know… More honest somehow. These hipsters are the way they are because that is the real them. And I love it. I love seeing people be the real them and I love the freedom it afforded me to be who I wanted to be.

Maybe I should talk about Richmond, the up and coming suburb I lived in for most of my time here? Perfectly situated to be an easy tram ride (or two) from Fitzroy, the city center, and St Kilda, Richmond is what Fitzroy was 20 years ago. Also known as little Vietnam, this suburb has some of the best Asian food the city has to offer, as well as some of the cheapest. I will miss Fina’s Cafe, a vegetarian, Vietnamese place where I quickly became a regular for their gluten free rice paper rolls and yummy iced mochas.

Or maybe I should discuss St. Kilda, aka my playground? Who can resist the weekly Thursday night market, full of delish food stalls, handmade clothing and jewelry, street performers and tarot card readers? This summer tradition is one of the few places where outdoor drinking is permitted (byoa). Combine that with a convenient beach, amusement park, and tons of bars and you have the reason St. Kilda is extremely popular with the 18+ crowd.

My point is that Melbourne has a lot to offer. No matter what vibe you’re feeling (and mine changes daily), you’ll be able to find it in Melbie. And so I bid you adieu Melbourne. Thanks for the great times, I’ll definitely be back.

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Flamenco obsession part 1

Listening to live Flamenco music from the hostel balcony

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