A WEEKEND IN BERLIN

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.

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LAST DAYS IN AUSTRALIA

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.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI NIGHT MARKET

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 – Johney’s Dumpling House – 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. 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.

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NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL JOURNAL – PART 4

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 cafés, 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. 

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NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL JOURNAL – WELLINGTON

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 – 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  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 cafés until spring finally is here for good. And post some more photos from my trip through New Zealand.

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VIDEO TASMANIA ROADTRIP

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

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NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL JOURNAL – PART 2

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.

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NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL JOURNAL – BEN LOMOND SUMMIT

Back from New Zealand for almost a month already it’s about time to start posting some of the photos I took during the 3 weeks I spent there. I had such a good time, first spending 10 days with Cora on the South Island, then taking the ferry to Wellington, exploring the capital and finally visiting my friend in Tauranga, seeing her for the second time in 6 years. The days I spent there were definitely some of the best of my trip, coming “home” to the place where I spent 6 months exactly 6 years ago.

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TASMANIA TRAVEL JOURNAL PART II

Some photos of the last days of our road trip through Tasmania. We hiked to the stunning Wineglass Bay, went for a swim on the white – and absolutely completely empty – beaches in the Bay of Fire, stayed in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, without phone reception or wifi but a lot of cheap wine and sheep. And then we drove, in the pouring rain, to the Cradle Mountain National Park, hiked around the lake and drove through the misty grey hilly landscape of Northern Tasmania.

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