It’s about 9 degrees and raining outside and I deeply regret ever having wished for “cosy winter days”… Right now, the one thing I wish for is being back in Copenhagen, with the girls from Melbourne, drinking rosĂ© spritzers in the afternoon sun, jumping from the pier into the water and secretly watching all those beautiful, well-dressed Danish people. Listening to live music while floating on a raft somewhere outside the city centre, eating pita falafel all day, and cruising around the harbour on a little boat, watching the sunset.
A while ago we went to Haarlem, just for a day. The weather was very Dutch and not very summery, but with Haarlem having so many great shops and cafĂ©s to spend time in, we didn’t really mind so much. Instead of posting just a few of the photos I took I thought I could turn this into a mini city guide, with a list of my favourite places below.
The last April weekend I travelled to Berlin, to visit friends, and to just get out of Amsterdam for a while. I spent 2 short days with Luzie and Signe whom I hadn’t seen since Melbourne and it did not feel like any time had passed, nor that we were reuniting on the other side of the world. We walked from cafe to cafe, sat in the sun, and had a few too many falafel pitas. I also spent a few days with Jenny and Leila and leaving the city after these 5 days wasn’t easy at all.
It doesn’t feel quite right posting the last photos I took in Australia over a year after leaving to Australia, and almost 6 months after returning to Amsterdam. But with the last semester having been one of the most stressful periods of my life I simply couldn’t find the time and motivation to spend extra time in front of the screen, writing a few words.
A few weeks before leaving Australia I went on my last trip, traveling down the East Coast, with two friends in a tiny car with a tent on top of the roof. We spent about a week on the road, driving from Byron Bay to Sydney, and then I spent another week in Bondi Beach (after 2 very overwhelming days in the CBD).
My last night in New Zealand (that actually turned out to be the second last as my flight got delayed and I had to stay in Auckland one more night) we went for dinner at a super nice place in Mount Maunganui â€“ Johney’s Dumpling House â€“ where we watched the sunset and listened to live music and had way too much good food. Afterwards, we went to the night market, for dessert, and more live music, and just to enjoy the nice summery atmosphere. I loved it, cute food stalls everywhere, children running around, and people sitting in little groups eating crepes and soft ice and burgers and all that good overpriced food truck food.Â Before we drove back home we stopped by the beach and I don’t think there is anything better than being at the beach, at night, sitting in the sand and watching the stars.
My last days in New Zealand I spent in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, visiting Katie whom I met while I was studying there 6 years ago. I had such a wonderful time there, hanging out with her, and her boyfriend, and Niki, another friend from my exchange. We had long breakfasts at the cutest little cafĂ©s, road-tripped to the stunning lakes of Rotorua, had dinner with sunset and live music, dessert at the night market, and watched the stars at the beach. And I finally went surfing again, at the same spot were I went for the first time, 6 years ago.Â
When I left Australia in the end of January to go back to the Netherlands everyone told me that the worst is over, and it’s just gonna be a few more weeks of winter, and then spring starts and I won’t even miss Aussie summer anymore. Well â€“ everyone was wrong. My enthusiasm for -3 degrees and another windy snowstorm is rather limited. But as there is nothing I can do about it Â and flying back to Australia is not an option given that I am planning to graduate in June I am accepting my fate, continue to wear my woollen jumpers and hide in cafĂ©s until spring finally is here for good. And post some more photos from my trip through New Zealand.
I cannot believe it’s been three months. Feels like three days. But having my younger but way more skilled brother staying over for a few days we finally got to look through all the video footage from Tasmania. And thanks to his amazing editing skills, I can finally show you a short video about our road trip. Thank you so much, Paul! X
Back in Europe for almost a month and Australia already seems a little bit like a distant dream. As cheesy as it sounds, it is kind of a scary feeling, and with my tan fading and all the TimTams eaten up what’s left are thousands of photos and a wonderful group of friends spread all across Europe and Australia. I took a little break of posting photos on here, it really just took me a while to get to the point where I could edit photos without becoming a little (a lot) too melancholic. But I found some time over the past week, and because I am already working on my thesis the most productive way to spend my time procrastinating is to post new photos from New Zealand, and Melbourne, and Sydney and all the other beautiful places I was so lucky to explore.