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Brenda and Sarah take on Oz!

Amazing Cairns and Saying Goodbye

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | Views [364]

  After a whirlwind 4 days in Cairns, I find myself flying the long distance from Cairns to Sydney to LA to San Francisco. I can’t believe I’m heading back to California. It feels like a lifetime ago that I left and yet these two ... Read more >


Not all who wander are lost.

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | Views [265]

In true backpackers style, I am 8 hours into a 24 hour bus ride taking me up the coast from quiet Hervey Bay to busy Cairns (aka the Great Barrier Reef). Brenda and I said our goodbyes this morning as she is heading off to Cambodia for work (lucky girl!) ... Read more >


Beautifully Strange Byron Bay

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [304]

  While planning this trip, Brenda and I asked everyone we knew who had visited Australia what their ideal itinerary would be. One place that kept coming up was Byron Bay and once we arrived, I understood why. This beach town is laid-back, yet ... Read more >


Seeing Sydney like a Local

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | Views [371]

  Once again we are sitting in an airport, getting ready for the next leg of our adventure. This time we’re at Sydney airport after spending 5 lovely days in this city of neighborhoods. Our time in Sydney ended up being more relaxed than ... Read more >

Tags: byron bay, family, harbor bridge, ocean, opera house, sydney


Keeping Cool in Tasmania

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | Views [321]

We’ve spent the last 3 days in Tasmania, or “Tassie” as the locals call it. We’re currently waiting for our flight in the one-room Hobart airport. Even though we’ve only been here a few days, we have bumped into three people ... Read more >


A Letter of Gratitude

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | Views [339] | Comments [1]

This blog is different from my other entries as it is a more personal reflection of something I’ve been thinking about a lot. It’s a way for me to process my thoughts and feelings as well as to show my deep gratitude to so many of you who ... Read more >

Tags: gratitude


Feeling Beautifully (Dis)Connected

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 | Views [307]

Our first week in Melbourne has flown by. In thinking about how to best frame the whirlwind week, the first word that came to mind is connections. Connections to people, to experiences and to myself. We saw quite a bit of Melbourne through the eyes ... Read more >

Tags: connections, melbourne, ocean, sunsets


Settling in to….Ireland?!

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | Views [301]

After 3 flights and 28 hours of travelling I arrived in Melbourne Saturday around noon. Luckily, the flights were not as bad as I had anticipated, mainly due to the fact that airlines outside of North America treat flyers like human beings. On my long ... Read more >

Tags: ireland, quantas, settling in


Photos: Australia!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Aussie Aussie Aussie!

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | Views [524] | Comments [1]

In just over a week, I will be boarding a plane for the long flight to Melbourne, Australia. Just how long is the flight? With the time difference and length of the flight, I leave Thursday and arrive on Saturday! I am so excited for this month-long ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, australia, beach, byron bay, friends, melbourne, memories, planning, surfing, sydney


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