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.
Back from New Zealand for almost a month already itâ€™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 â€śhomeâ€ť to the place where I spent 6 months exactly 6 years ago.
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 â€“ and absolutely completely empty â€“ 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.
About a month ago we traveled through Tasmania for 5 days and I loved it so much I could have easily spent 3 weeks on the island. I was so happy to finally have made it there, after seeing a video filmed there, played on a screen in my uni library in Amsterdam for about half a year every day. It exceeded all my expectations: Hobart was super cute and I couldn’t stop taking photos while walking around, we drove through forest and mountains, spend an afternoon at the most beautiful empty beach, visited the worldfamous MONA and hiked in the pouring rain â€“ with a group of 7 and it couldn’t have been more fun.
It’s been a few weeks already that we spent an afternoon at the Peel Street Festival in Collingwood, one of the first days of freedom, after finishing exams and assignments, ready for a long summer.
A few weeks ago we spent a day in the Grampians National Park. It was one of the best days, with some of my favourite people, we had so much fun and I for the first time I felt like I finally had holidays. We hiked up to some amazing lookouts and down to waterfalls and made the most out of the roadtrip.
When we spent the weekend in Lorne I used my camera for approximately 20 minutes â€“ the rest of the time it was somewhere hidden in the car, because it’s probably one of the least convenient things to take when spending a weekend surfing and camping. But while everyone was having lunch, hungry from spending too many hours freezing in the water, and from more or less successfully trying to catch the waves, I took some portraits. I love how happy everyone looks, and relaxed, with hair wet and salty from the sea, forgetting about the upcoming deadlines and hours spent in the library, with the only thing to worry about being whether or not we will have enough fries for everyone â€“ we didn’t.
I don’t know how but I made it â€“ more or less successfully â€“ through the last weeks of uni. 13 degrees didn’t really help either but at least I didn’t have to sit in the library while it’s all beautiful and warm and sunny outside. Last week I finally, finallyÂ handed in my last paper of the semester and now I’m slowly getting used to the fact that for the next 3 months I am free from any assignments and readings. Free to read because I want to and not have to, and to explore Australia, and spend my evenings picnicking in the park, and my Fridays roadtripping around Victoria. And free to finally catch up on posting about the last weeks.