July 2016 - July 2017
  • Day1

    Let's go!!

    July 17, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The beginning of a great adventure 💕.
    Let's see what the next 12 months will bring. Which friendships will form and what will we get to experience?
    Next year around the same time we will know. We will have left Australia behind probably with a heart full of amazing memories. 💕
    To what ever this year might bring 💕.
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  • Day3

    Melbourne

    July 19, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After a 26h journey we finally arrived in Australia. It took us quite a while to realize we are really here now.
    We got to experience what jetlag feels like and we walked around like zombies for the first two days. Still Melbourne enchanted us with its beautiful streetart, architecture and overall charme. 💕
    And even though it is winter right now (yes Australia does have winter and yes it does get cold in winter) we had an amazing time in Melbourne and are now looking forward to an incredible year in Australia.💕
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  • Day6

    Armidale, our home away from home

    July 22, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Home at last. 💕
    We had the first weekend to settle in. We got our own little house on the school ground which by the way is enormous.
    The school even has its own equestrian center as well as a junior school, a gym with a pool, four boarding houses and of course the senior school buildings. 💕
    I work in Transition which is a class of 3-5year olds.
    I love these kids and I love the concept of Transition. It is the perfect combination of learning and playing. We do everything from writing, reading, music, drawing, crafts, swimming, horse riding, gymnastics to excursions to the fire and police station.
    There is never a boring day in Transition. 💕
    We even decided to get a guinea pig. 💕
    Our school has lots of special days and events throughout the year. Since we arrived we had a Harry Potter night and we dressed up for book week as our favourite book character and also for French day. 💕
    The people here and especially the ones I work with are the most welcoming and kind people I could ever wish for. If there is something we need we just have to ask for it (we even got a new TV). 💕
    We are slowly getting used to all the colourful birds and the different landscape around here. A lot of the birds look like the ones we have in zoos (especially Rosellas).
    I also met my first Australian spider which nearly gave me a heart attack. Just google Hunstman Spider and you will know what I mean.
    Apparently they are completely harmless (yet terrifying) not like Magpies (birds) who are the personified devil. Fortunately they only really attack you during nesting season in spring but they can't be trusted all year around.
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  • Day50

    Dangars Falls

    September 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Our "compulsory fun" trip to Dangars Falls with the boarders started at 10:15am and it took us only about 35min to get there. The weather was quite nice and the walks around the national park including the waterfalls are just stunning. 💕
    After salad wraps and cake we drove home at about 1:30pm. It was a fun day and we even got to see nine wild kangaroos crossing our path just a few metres in front of us 💕
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  • Day70

    Brisbane (day 1)

    September 24, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Our first vacation started really early. We took a taxi at 1:30am to the coach terminal where we changed onto the Greyhound Bus at 2am.
    Our journey to Brisbane took us about 8h and we were greeted by the most amazing weather. Even though it is only spring in Australia it was already 26degrees in Brisbane (huge difference to Armidale ).
    We walked to our little house in West End which we found over Airbnb and basically went right to sleep.
    The next day we went grocery shopping and then straight to South Bank Streets Beach . It is a men made beach in the middle of the city and a really good place to just chill, enjoy the sun and go for a swim when it gets to hot.
    Later we found a place called "Kiss the Berry" which sells açai smoothie bowls. I had one called "Snickers Delight" which was really amazing 💕.
    What a great start for our time in Brisbane 💕
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  • Day72

    Brisbane (day 2/3)

    September 26, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    On Monday we decided to try the City Hopper which is a free ferry service.
    It was a good choice because you get an amazing view of the city 💕.
    We got off at the last station and decided to just wander around for a bit. Following the river and enjoying the amazing weather we took some photos (climbing trees).
    When we had enough we went back to the ferry and got off at South Bank again where we found the most delicious ice-cream shop 💕.
    "Mister Fitz" sells cookie ice cream sandwiches where you get to choose from six kinds of cookies, lots of tasty flavours of ice-cream and toppings to make your own perfect combination. I chose chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice-cream and Oreo crumb topping which was perfection .
    Tuesday was a beach day again and I also tried the doughnuts from "Doughnut Time" which is just next to "Mister Fitz" . This place is perfection for someone who loves sweet things 💕.
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  • Day74

    Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise (day 4)

    September 28, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise sounds amazing, doesn't it? I can tell you it is 💕
    We heard so much about it we just had to see it with our own eyes so we went there by train which took us only about 1,5h.
    It was the first time we got to see the ocean in Australia apart from seeing it through a plane window. The view is stunning, you have skyscrapers lined up on one side of the beach and the sea on the other.
    We spent the whole day sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. Swimming was especially fun because of the waves. And we took a lot of pictures of course. 💕
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  • Day75

    Brisbane (day 5/6)

    September 29, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Even though the weather was mostly amazing (something between 25-28 degrees ) we had two days where we had clouds and a bit of rain.
    Thursday was one of these days so we decided to visit the Gallery of Modern Art (see we were not always at the beach ). The Gallery was quite impressive, we especially liked the short film about a McDonald's getting flooded and the Aboriginal art.
    Friday was our shopping day which I really needed because when you have to pack one suitcase for a whole year there is not much space for clothes.
    This being said I only brought clothes which I could wear to work at school, leaving me with nearly no summer holiday clothing. But don't worry I found a lot of nice pieces that day. The perfect end of the day was us making our own pizza 💕.
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  • Day77

    Brisbane (day 7)

    October 1, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Saturday started really early for us because we went rock climbing at 8:30am and left the house at 7am since we wanted to walk there. We walked to Kangaroo Point which are cliffs next to the river.
    The climbing was exciting and we had so much fun even though I was a bit scared during my first climb (20m climb and a fear of heights are an interesting combination). But I'm glad I did it (so proud 💕). After the climbing we took the ferry back to South Bank (we were to exhausted to walk) and went straight to the ice-cream shop (Mister Fitz💕).
    After sunset we went out to the city centre again and met some of our friends who are volunteering at different placements. 💕
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  • Day78

    Brisbane (day 8)

    October 2, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Sunday was a really relaxed day. We slept in and spent the day at the Streets Beach.
    After dinner we went back to South Bank and I got myself another doughnut from "Doughnut Time" 💕.
    We decided to take the ferry one more time because we wanted to see the city by night and take some photos. It was a truly incredible view with all the skyscrapers and bridges illuminated 💕.Read more