Road trip!

School is out!

After finishing classes last week, and writing my one exam for research methods (words can’t explain how happy I am I took that course here instead of at Western) I am officially finished school at VU!

Upon finishing the hour long exam in 15 min, I headed off to pick up a rental car to drive down the Great Ocean Road! Me, Erin, Dayna and Kendra rented a car from this place called Wicked Rentals…. This place is cheap as, basically for backpackers and one of the only places you can rent from if you’re under 21. Since Dayna and Kendra’s licenses both have expired, me and Erin (both under 21) split the driving. So we arrive at the place, which literally looks like a junk yard. We get our car, and like most of the it is spray painted ridiculously. 

So we set off on our roady! Erin started off the driving which was probably good since it is on the left side of the road and I was pretty nervous about it. We drove and stopped in Torquay for a bathroom break and some lunch. I then started driving and it surprisingly is easier than I thought! We then stopped at Bell’s Beach which is the famous surfing beach in Victoria and snapped a few pics…

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We then set off to get on the Great Ocean Road! This road is absolutely breath taking. It literally just winds around the ocean for kilometers on kilometers. It is super windy though where you have to go pretty slow the entire time but the views are so spectacular that it is quite alright. The houses you see are beautiful. If I moved to Victoria I would have to have a summer home down here. Our next stop was Lorne, which is a beach town we stayed in on the VU Great Ocean Road trip. We did a little shopping and looking around the town. It is really quite dead around there this time of year since it is their winter. A lot of the shops were actually closed and it was quite a ghost town. 

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We then kept on driving a little ways more and stopped in Apollo Bay for the night. We hadn’t prebooked any accomodation so we spent some time driving around calling places and going in and asking. We came across this beautiful looking place on the beach and we decided to give it a shot even though we knew we couldn’t afford it. The lady at the front was SO nice and offered us and apartment style room with a full kitchen, living room and bedroom and a beach front balcony for $150 for the night! Since it was 4 of us we decided to take it. She ended up doing the math wrong too and only charged us $130 for the night! ($32 each – would have been $30 for the hostel down the road). The place was beautiful! The lady also recommended we go to the seafood restaurant down the street. Since we haven’t eaten much seafood at all since being in Australia we decided to go for it! The place was rather fancy and very expensive but probably the most worthwhile meal of my life. I was the only person who got seafood (the others got steak) but I got the seafood linguini which had mussels, prawns, scallops and barramundi fish – it was amazing. We eventually headed back to the beautiful hotel and watched tv while enjoying some tea (the bottle shop closed before we had time to buy wine unfortunately) but the tea was still nice :). 

Day 2 on the Great Ocean Road we started off with a fantastic breakfast at this cute surfer cafe. It is such a cool atmosphere in these towns all revolving around the surfers and tourists. Kind of reminds me of ski towns – the shops also sell really similar stuff. We then hit the road towards the iconic 12 Apostles. We knew there was threat of rain in the forecast but were praying it would hold off. Unfortunately we had no such luck and spent the drive in and out of rain and fog. Not much can ruin the views on this road though. Between being on the ocean and then driving through the forests every corner offers and different breathtaking scene. We eventually made it to the 12 Apostles and well I can now say I’ve been there twice, once when it was sunny and again in the rain haha. We also made it to Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge to finish off the sightseeing. We then hit the highway and took the back way home as a faster option since Erin was headed to New Zealand that night! We got back a little earlier than expected so we decided to stop in Port Melbourne for some Hunky Dory’s fish and chips. This was probably the best fish and chips I have ever had! I got the flake (which is shark) and I got it grilled not fried! (accidentally, but thankfully). The meal also came with chips and greek salad. We then drove back home and had to park our embarrassing car on the street for the night – sorry neighbours!

That night to get out of the house we went to the movies with our free movie ticket from the gym and watched Bad Neighbours. Zac Efron is hot that is all. 

We had the car until 3pm today so we headed to Brighton Beach for a little walk around. The beach is awesome with the beach huts but was absolutely deserted today because it is winter. We got some coffee and looked around the shops – there is a lulu here! I then had to drive back to drop the car off. I was literally driving this car through downtown Melbourne. A) I’ve never even driven in Toronto let alone a city just as busy on the other side of the road! B) Our car seriously is bad and should not be out in public. It was pretty interesting but successful on my part! 

Another week almost done! It is Thursday night and I was supposed to go out for drinks with friends but after getting all ready I started to feel rather ill so I decided to stay in tonight and catch up on some much needed personal time. I love being in Australia and I love being around all the people I have met but I really haven’t been alone very much at all since coming here, which is really weird because I definitely thought I would be spending a lot of time travelling around by myself! Definitely grateful for having people to do things with but I’m always down for a night in by myself once in a while. 

Things are starting to get super busy! Tomorrow i have to plan, shop for and pack for Thailand as I am leaving tomorrow night to stay at Sarah’s then spending the holiday weekend back in Lorne until I leave for Thailand on Monday night! Very exciting but I can’t be very excited right now as I’m stressing a bit over how unprepared for this trip I am and how unplanned it currently is. I mean I seriously only have flights booked that is all… Oh well I’m sure I will figure it out! 

Exciting things are happening! I’m definitely going to miss the constant adventure when I get home – but i guess you have to make your own fun and adventures and that is what I plan on doing!

Peace 

Image Image– Apologise to the people of Melbourne for the profanities on the car

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Part time bushwoman

1 more month

Only 1 more month and this incredible journey comes to an end. 

But I really don’t want to think of it as an end. It’s like that quote “When one door closes another one opens” or something like that. Yes at the end of this month I head back to Canada but all that means is that is time to start planning the next adventure (and saving money). While living in Australia and doing as much travelling as I can I have come to the great realization that you can’t do everything. It is really easy to sit here and focus on all the things I have not done, and to dwell on everything other people are doing that I am not. But when I really take the time to think or to go through pictures it’s absolutely crazy to look at everything I have done in the past 5 months. It really feels like the past months have been an absolute blur. They have flown by and I have done more and seen more than I ever would have planned before coming here. 

Outdoor Ed

Last week I went on my last outdoor ed trip. Again, I was dreading this trip like all the others but it was probably the best trip of the lot. This trip was a 5 day bushwalk through the Black Ranges (basically the Grampians). Me and Dayna ended up in an awesome group which makes all the difference. Coxie was our leader and it was awesome to get to talk with him and learn from him as he is so knowledgeable on the outdoors. This week was spent bushwalking and thats basically it! It was awesome because there was no se route or destinations we had to get to so we could make it up as we went! Day 1 was spent getting everything sorted and hiking for a few hours till we found a good place to set up camp. Day 2 we woke up and started hiking at 9am. We hiked all the way up to the ridgeline in the Black Ranges and hiked all the way along until 9:30pm. It was awesome! The hike itself wasn’t exactly very lon but it was really challenging walking. We were pretty much on the side of a cliff the entire time and were having to climb up and down big rocks etc. We stopped for dinner at the top and enjoyed a beautiful view before setting off to finish the last of the hike in the dark. This made the challenging hike even more challenging and we were all so absolutely tired by the end of it. Accomplishing something like that though makes you feel so good about yourself and what you have done. I absolutely loved every second of it, even when it was raining for a little bit! The views were also spectacular and thankfully I actually had a camera on me this trip! Day 3 we took more of a chill day and we hiked up a mountain and to a cave. We got to have lunch with another spectacular view and a little bit of solo time for some solid reflection aka napping. The weather this week was also fantastic. I was able to wear shorts everyday and got a little bit of sun! It was a little rainy at times but it came and passed quickly and saved the downpours for during the night. Day 4 we hiked back to base camp and did some navigating on the way. I learned that compasses are location specific! So you cannot buy a compass in Canada and use it in Australia and vice versa. That night we had a big group campfire and each group had to present some sort of creative piece to show their week. We wrote a kick ass poem. Doing this I feel a little bit like I’m 12 again and at summer camp but oh well. Day 5 we packed up, debriefed and headed home! We broke up the driving by stopping for a parma (which we had talked about all week) on the way. A nice well deserved Parma was in order but I was a little disappointed when I spent $21 and got totally gipped on the size of my parma. Overall another awesome week in the Australian bush complete to make a total of 4 trips! So happy I stuck with these classes. 

Big things to come in the next few weeks as I count down the days until I go back home! Just have to write one exam on Tuesday then school is complete! Renting a car and driving down the Great Ocean Road for 2 days this week, Lorne weekend with some crazy people this coming weekend, Thailand on monday for 2 weeks – yes I have decided to go ahead and continue with my travel plans despite the Martial Law that is currently in effect. Just might cut Bangkok out of the itinerary and hopefully the curfew gets fully lifted in the tourist spots. Back to Melbourne for 5 days then homeward bound! So crazy how fast time flies. 

Going home at the end of the month is going to be bitter sweet. To be honest at this point I am getting really excited to get back home, see the family and friends and get my life together. I feel like I have done everything I came here to do and more (except meet my Australian husband but theres still a little time) and I truly feel like I’ve lived up this experience to the max. I think that is a really good feeling to feel at this point. Leaving the life I made for myself in Melbourne is going to be super hard and I know I am going to be extremely sad when I leave but I truly don’t think this will be a goodbye but a see you later as the saying goes. My life in Australia and travelling the world is only just beginning. I can say with 100% confidence that I will be coming back to Australia and will travel the rest of the world all in good time. There is no rush to life and I know myself well enough that if I want to do something bad enough I will make it happen. So time to live up the rest of my time here and get stoked for a pumping summer in Muskoka!

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