Broome snaps & things to do;

The photos are finally here! I packed a disposable camera for my Broome trip (I’m loving the waterproof ones!) because I love the photo quality and how much they remind me of my summers in New Zealand; I went through countless rolls of film every summer back home! Unfortunately, out of the 19 photos I got on film last month, only a few turned out. Luckily, S got a brand new camera on the way to Perth so in this post, there’s a mix of film, digital & iphone snaps. Can you guess which ones are which?

The walk to the beach which took 7-10mins but felt like hours!

The infamous Cable Beach!

This is how I spent every day; reading under the umbrella & going for long swims every hour. Life is tough….

The hourly swim

It was usually calm though!

 

The beautiful Miss S

 

Camels! They were such beautiful things

Oh so adorable!

 

& I found them hilarious!

Before the ride with our camel, Zara

 

How many times have you been photobombed by a camel?

The camel tour people were so lovely- they took so many snaps for us on our own cameras

 

Nothing like a West Coast sunset!

 

$4 for two chicken quesadillas…cheapest meal in town!

& because no Broome trip is complete without a visit to Matso’s Brewery!

 

Beer tasters

What would I recommend?

– Staying in Cable Beach because you’ll want to be in the water all day every day (and the guys at Beach Hut have you sorted for umbrellas, sun lounges, beach chairs, sunscreen AND cold water every day)

– The pizza from The Sunset Bar (and the amazing view of the sunset isn’t too bad!)

– The sticky date pudding from The Zoo Cafe in Cable Beach (for only $10, it was devineeeee!)

Hiring a car for the day and heading to Gantheaume Point via Kavite Road (the red dirt road pictured first)

– Watching the sunset from the grass near Sunset Bar (complete with a bottle of wine or ciders!)

Matso’s Brewery in town which has yummy food and the tastiest ciders (their beers are pretty good too, according to S)

– Having dinner at Diver’s Tavern in Cable Beach for a super relaxed evening (that’s where the quesadillas are from!)

– Get plenty of Vitamin B1 supplements beforehand or during the trip if you’ve never experienced sand fly bites (very unpleasant and SO DAMN ITCHY!!)

Already planning my trip back…

One Day;

Photos 1-3 & 7-9 were taken by me in Berlin, 2011

If I didn’t want to already move to Germany in the future, I definitely do now after reading Olivia’s post, ‘What I know about Germans (not Bavarians)‘. I absolutely fell in love with Berlin when I was there (see this post and this post) & the country side I was able to see, thanks to the beautiful view on the train from Berlin to Prague.

Reading Olivia’s observations made me remember all the great things about the place & the people. I would love to spend some more time there, exploring and living like a local. Even though I was only in Berlin for a few days last year, I felt instantly at home…..and I don’t even speak a word of German (I did learn however!)

I’ve come to the realisation I will never be settled; I will forever be a resident of the world. Because why settle when there’s beautiful places like LA, New York, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Stockholm, Bali and more?

Goodbye for now KM :(

Sitting in the car boot- 2012

When I first moved to Perth in March 2007, I only knew one other person and his name was Hunter. That week it was his birthday & the day after I moved over, he threw a big party which is where I met KM.

She took me under her wing; took me out the following weekend, introduced me to people, snuck me into nightclubs (I was 16 at the time),  we had sleep overs and she would pick me up after work & drop me off the following afternoon. When I had a school ball to attend, she let me borrow a dress & jewellery and did my hair (she was a hairdresser at the time).

She’s the kind of friend that is always there for you. She returns phone calls, she turns up somewhere when she says she will, she doesn’t bail (without a good excuse) but what I’m getting at…she’s a great friend. One you would be very very lucky to have in your life.

Seven months ago, we moved in together and sitting here now, I can’t help smiling at what a good time of my life that was. Many nights were spent staying up far too late, talking & laughing, getting takeouts and cooking dinner, bingeing on cheese and crackers and just having a ball in general.

This morning, we caught up over brunch & said our final goodbyes (for now). KM is off to Dubai on Monday on a 3 year work contract. I was fine until I looked at photos of us together over the years. I’m going to miss having her around, going on bike rides so far that we had to get picked up to be taken home, walks around the river, movie nights & dinners but most of all, I’m going to miss creating memories with her.

KM, you’re not even gone yet but I already miss the thought of you being away 😦 Love your little sis, A xx

The week after we first met- 2007

My 18th- 2008

Kelly’s birthday at Parklife- 2008

Kelly’s 21st- 2009

My 20th- 2010

BALI BALI BALI

Reminds me of Bali

Tonight, I cannot stop thinking about Bali. My facebook news feed exploded with memories of my Bali trip last November today, people commenting on old photos, everyone wishing they were over there again. And to top it all off, my NZ best friend S is going there next month so I offered to put together a list of places to go, stay & do. After spending some time looking at all the awesome hotels and villas, I can’t help but want to go back there again.

I seriously need to figure out how I’m going to satisfy this travel bug of mine with only 4 weeks of annual leave a year. So far, I’ve used up 1 week for NZ in July with another 2 weeks booked in December… that leaves me with 1 more week this year to go to Thailand/Bali/Sydney/Melbourne/Broome.

Hmmmmm, it’s not going to work is it?

Good conversations

A in Brazil

Tonight, I ended up having a conversation with A for an hour & a half. I realised I haven’t spoken to him in awhile so we caught up with each other about what the other has been up to, what’s new & what we’ve got planned in the next coming months.

He’s very much like me, traveling fuels his mind & inspires him to keep living and keep driving himself forward. A lot of my friends are similar to me in that regard but A seems to be the only one lately that has helped me keep the travel bug at bay. We were talking about his travel plans this summer (6 weeks in Europe & then 6 weeks in South America not long after) and I said how I couldn’t help but want to pack up & leave once again.

But he made me realise, that yes, I’ve done a lot of traveling for my age & I’m also a lot younger than him so I can’t go comparing, so it made me feel a little better.

The thought of knowing I have to live in WA for the next 3-4 years because of university makes me feel so restricted but because I’m such a workoholic & don’t want to work less so I can get my studies over with faster, at least I can afford to go on holidays in that time.

Talking to him tonight was just what I needed.