welcome home (for the next four months)

welcome home (for the next four months)

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G’day Mates!

Welcome to the newest addition to my blog! This page is dedicated to my next fourth months of adventure and traveling. I hope this will let you into my slice of the world and the way I get to experience it though some of the pictures and experiences I’ve had.

Two weeks into my departure and I can honestly say things have been nothing short of a whirlwind. I don’t even know if I can find a starting place that covers everything I have experienced thus far. After a full 24 hours of traveling, 4 planes, and a fifteen hour plane ride later, I had finally arrived in Sydney. My first impression was that it was one of the most picturesque cities I have been in. Though I stayed in a suburb just north of there called Manly, the short ferry ride made it worth while. Manly was one of the cutest towns I had seen in a very long time, this quaint little beach town set right by the ocean was also home to where the Great Gatsby was shot. More specifically, ICMS, where I stayed for about five nights. Thought I questioned if this ancient castle on the hill was haunted, it was overall a great experience to meet everyone with whom I was traveling with. Meaning all 150 of us.

I don’t necessarily do very well with large group excursion given that most of the time I’m tired, hungry, or cranky, especially given that this was the worst jet lag I have ever experienced. We were always just shuffled from on place to the next and I have a very independent nature. Though I appreciate the way they got us adjusted to the time zone and let us in on the culture. One thing I’ve noticed about this culture is the laid back attitude they have for just about everything. This I can actually appreciate given I have the worst anxiety when it comes to fast paced, crowded areas. It’s been a test for me personally dealing with the mentality of a new culture in an unfamiliar area with people I have never see before in my life. Though I miss the familiarity of life back in the states, I have yet to experience a huge culture shock. This makes things to be a little more comfortable in my first few days here. The last day in Sydney a group of us went and traveled on our own down to Bondi Beach. I fell in love with the water and the town. It’s such lively and colorful little city. Not to mention I spent my afternoon in a swanky beach club called the Bondi Icebergs. The most photographed place amongst the internet and Instagram goers, though it was completely unbeknownst to me at the time. Oops lol. It was a nice way to end the trip especially with the harbor cruise around Sydney that evening.

The second week is now coming to a close after another plane and bus ride later. Now I currently reside in the Gold Coast in quite the five star accommodations. I’d like to thank my parents for this one because coming home may actually be my culture shock after these accommodations! The Gold Coast felt like home the moment I stepped off that bus. The warm ocean breeze, the cute little boutiques, the endless amount of bars and restaurants in the most convenient of locations I can see myself getting used to the area very quickly. Not to mention the beach is only a five minute walk from my condo across the street. How amazing is that??

Don’t get me wrong moving over 7000 miles away has had its moments though. I’m still adjusting to finding my way around, living with three strangers (don’t worry we’re friends now) and starting school in a completely new location has made me had my moments for sure. Though it’s still far better than my circa 2010 European trip at 16 it takes a lot of mental stability. Each day I feel like I’ve grown as person with every new person I meet and new place I go. Balancing personalities and lifestyles I try and leave a part of myself with all my encounters hoping I can make my mark on the world even if it’s just a small amount at a time. Each day I’m learning something new about myself as well. Just how much I can handle, just how far I can go, and just how much I have it in myself to let go of my comfort zone. The challenge only makes the reward more worth while. I hope to let everyone in on my travels as much as possible to share as much of it with everyone as I can. Sorry for the novel darlings, I hope you stay tuned 🙂

XO XTINA.

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