Finding my place in a new city thousands of miles away from home.
At a recent get together with my bartender coworkers, there was a point in the night where we had all drank a fair amount of craft beer and were dancing ridiculously to Hot Chip.
I’m talking the kind of dancing you usually save for being alone in your bedroom when no one will ever see what kind of moves you truly possess.
That may seem like a weird time to have an epiphany, but I remember taking a second to just look around me and realize how lucky I felt to have met all of these people. I felt so close and at ease with them, when a few months ago I had no idea who they were.
The words “life is a journey, not a destination” by Ralph Waldo Emerson came to mind.
A colorful day trip from Melbourne exploring the Brighton Bathing Boxes.
I remember seeing pictures of the Brighton Bathing Boxes before I arrived in Victoria. Being a person drawn to colorful and quirky things, I knew immediately I had to go see them for myself.
There are 82 total boxes on Brighton Beach, a tourist and historical attraction, they are still a sight to see. They have kept their original Victorian build from the 19th century.
Even with the lack of amenities, such as running water or electricity, you can still buy one of these babies for a little over $200,000. The only catch – you have to already be one of the wealthy local residents of Brighton.
My tips on staying healthy even when you’re in a new culture or in constant motion.
One of the biggest challenges I came across when I first started traveling was how to stay healthy while living abroad.
Through setting simple goals for myself and focusing on the three aspects I find most important to a healthy lifestyle – food, exercise, and well-being – I think I’ve finally found the perfect balance that keeps me feeling awesome and happy, no matter where I might be in the world.
One of my first experiences with solo travel included a trip to the edge of the world – also known as the Cliffs of Moher.
When I stepped off the plane in Dublin, I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into? Traveling to Ireland all by my lonesome, not knowing anyone, and staying in a hostel by myself for the first time.
These were the thoughts of impending doom swirling around in my head as I made my way closer and closer to the city, imagining my roommates were going to be some sort of coke addict junkies.
Finding a ruin bar in Budapest is a rite of passage for locals and tourists alike – this was my experience.
There is so much to love about Budapest. I knew from researching the city beforehand that it would be one of my favorites in my journey through Europe.
It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to (Florence is still number one in my book), and I love that it’s an even more hipster alternative than Berlin.
There’s a huge student population, as well as very public displays of affection by the locals – the aftermath of living under the iron curtain of communism for so long is overflowing love in the present.
My experience at a few of Melbourne’s most popular sights, and whether they were worth the visit or not.
Melbourne may not have as many of the world famous sights as other parts of Australia, such as the Opera House in Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef up in Queensland, but there is always something to do in the city. Actually, I’ve found it to be a pretty great city to live in (recently voted one of the best cities to live in the world).
Okay, let’s be real, I love it here.
I’ve already reviewed most of the free activities to do in Melbourne, but as to not overlook the ones that do cost money, I have a few tourist experiences to share from my first month in the city.
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One of the most unique experiences I had in Poland was escaping from the Krakow Salt Mines, also known as the oldest salt mine in the world.
If you want to experience the Krakow Salt Mines – I’d recommend experiencing them through this tour
I backpacked through Europe a couple years ago, and one of the most unique (and unsettling) experiences I had was exploring the Krakow, Poland Salt Mines.
Here is my take on the Medieval city and its salt mines.
Krakow – the land of cobblestones, horse-drawn carriages, and post offices in old school buggies. Honestly, I hadn’t heard much about Krakow before visiting, but I found myself enamored by the relatively small and historical city.
My most notable story by far was exploring the salt mines in Krakow, Poland, the oldest in the world and in operation for over 700 years.
The Carlton Gardens.
My place of peace in the city. I’ve noticed myself drawn here almost every day since I first discovered these gardens a little over a week ago when I first arrived.
Back in San Diego, my favorite spot was Black’s Cliffs, with views of the calming ocean tides below and the freeing paragliders above.
In under a week of flying to Melbourne from California, I can already feel myself acclimating to the city, the people, the life Down Under.
I wake up every morning with calves that are more sore than the day before. I walk for hours every day to get a feel for the layout of the city, especially in the CBD, Fitzroy, and St. Kilda because those are the neighborhoods I’ll most likely end up working in.
Yesterday, I had an Aussie come up and ask me directions, and I actually gave him the right ones to get to his desired destination! That moment is when I realized how much I’ve internalized about the city since arriving at the beginning of the week.
A look at my first day and a half in Melbourne, Australia – my home base for the next 6 months or more.
My first 36 hours in Australia have been wonderful, yet trying and tiring, and full of hilarious fails that I’ll just label as “new experiences.”
It started when I got to my apartment and it looked like a closed up store front. The door was locked and the windows looked as if they hadn’t seen daylight in months.
When I called my housemate, a little panicked that I was given the wrong address or that this place didn’t exist, he instructed me that the actual door to the apartment was just around the corner, the next door down.
Phew, I let out a huge sigh of relief.