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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Why Travel?

 Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada 


Since I got back from Europe I longed to go back and explore and experience our pretty little world with friends or by myself. I absolutely love travelling with my family as it has just always been out thing since I was little, but travelling with friends or by myself opens up so many different pathways and possibilities.

At the end of 2015 I struggled through a really horrible flare up of Ulcerative Colitis during my last teaching practicum of my Masters of Teaching (Early Childhood) degree which didn't give me the end result that I wished for. So, I was determined to repeat it. When 2016 came around I decided to have a sort of gap year from completing my last practicum and decided to have a year to myself. 

In 2016 I ended up completing a Graduate Certificate of Religious Education online, volunteering in schools, working in before and after school care, teaching piano and violin, and travelling North America for three and a half months solo. But it wasn't all travel, there was a summer course, uni work, and volunteering involved too. And of course lots of educational exhibits along the way!

Travel is a lot more powerful than people expect. It is the most expensive and worthwhile experience you will ever buy. The friendships made and stories you hear from people of all ages whilst travelling have the ability to change your entire state of mind, which can then change your entire life. Travelling changes the way you experience things, the way you think about things, people, yourself, and the list goes on.

So if you would love to learn more, follow along on my blog, and watch my up and coming Instagram posts (@littlebxx) for more information on my travelling adventures while studying, and dealing with my health.

Love, travelling B 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

tale of the pink bows

travel must always include bows - belle cara 

Tale of the pink bows is the story of my solo travels through North America for three and a half months. The last time I came to America and Canada I was four. I happened to be wearing pink bow shoes the day I departed Perth and with that came the inspiration and content for what will slowly begin to appear on my blog. 

Coming soon - stories, photos, tips, ideas, and must sees for North America. I adventured through Toronto, Ottawa, Washington DC, Rochester, Jersey, New York City, Vancouver, Victoria, Orlando, West Palm Beach, and road tripped Ontario, Quebec, the Canadian Rockies, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

I met a beautiful bunch of friends, family, and lovely strangers along the way, walked the edge of the CN Tower, called 911, drove on the Trans Canadian Highway, completed a two week music education summer course at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, completed two university essays and my content for this semester online, hiked up a mountain, ziplined, rafted, saw four musicals, volunteered at a school in West Palm Beach, turned 23, got lost numerous times, ate plenty of ice cream and plenty more. 

This is only the first chapter of my solo travels. I hope you enjoy the content to come and my trip down memory lane. I am already planning my next two summer trips back.

For sneak peeks check out @littlebxx on Instagram.

Love Traveller B x


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Europe Bucketlist


Since I got back from Europe I longed to go back and explore the pretty little streets, stunning views, taste the delicious food, sample the beautiful cultures, and trace classical music and composer's inspirations and music as well as experience it. So much wanderlust! Here is my complete travel bucket list just for Europe in no particular order (which is ever growing may I add) with a few ideas scattered here and there. What's on your bucketlist for Europe? Do you having some midweek wanderlust going on? If you think I've missed something truly amazing let me know, B xx

Europe

  • Amalfi: check in and explore, using this town as a base for exploring the coast
  • Annecy: stay awhile in this fairytale city
  • Amsterdam: explore the city canals 
  • Athens: discover the ruins full of history 
  • Barcelona: wander in awe at gaudi's masterpieces & sample the colourful fruit delicacies at la boqueria
  • Berlin: take in some jazz 
  • Budapest: explore this pretty city which i have only recently discovered
  • Burano: explore the prettiness 
  • Capri: gaze out and admire the view
  • Catania: cathedral prettiness
  • Cinque Terre: explore the trails and colourful little houses, view the scenery, and just get lost exploring
  • Colmar: get lost in this magical cute little fairytale town
  • Finland: rent a glass igloo to sleep under the northern lights 
  • Florence: take in the view at piazzale michaelangelo
  • Granada: discover debussy's musical inspirations at the alhambra 
  • Holland: smell the pretty tulips
  • Istanbul: visit my first mosque
  • Lake Garda and Como: take in these two picturesque locations
  • Lisbon: so i'm technically half portuguese hello second home
  • London: explore the sights, visit the queen, shop on oxford street and a million more things
  • Madrid: there is more to it than i expected
  • Mallorca: too gorgeous! 
  • Menton: explore the shimmering lights 
  • Messina: stay some time somewhere and enjoy
  • Milan: watch an opera at la scala, visit the cathedral and shop at vittorio emanuele
  • Monte Carlo: win some big bucks
  • Moscow: looks aren't always deceiving so explore away
  • Murano: explore the prettiness 
  • Mykonos: explore, eat, swim, explore, 
  • Palermo: explore the prettiness 
  • Paris: taste french macarons, and visit the beautiful eiffel tower
  • Portofino: no crime in just exploring right 
  • Positano: views, beach, explore, shop, and never leave
  • Prague: explore the prettiness defs a fav for eastern europe
  • Ravello: villa rufolo says it all 
  • Rekjavik: google it. it just looks divine!
  • Rome: dance along the spanish steps & eat genuine italian pizza
  • Saint-Tropez: beach beach beach
  • Salzburg: check out the birthplace of mozart and the scenic sound of music locations
  • Santorini: live and explore amongst the gorgeous blues and whites
  • Seville: tapas, flamenco, spanish music? yes please
  • Sorrento: explore mount vesuvius
  • Taormina: mount etna and an ancient theatre brava!
  • Turkey: go hot air ballooning over cappadocia
  • Vatican City: tour the vatican city and attempt a selfie with the pope
  • Venice: take a ride on a gondola, visit st mark's and GET LOST! 
  • Verona: admire juliet's balcony, and attend the opera festival
  • Versailles: explore this breakthtaking place from top to bottom
  • Vienna: trail classical music and go to the world's oldest zoo
  • Warsaw: the buildings just draw me in + the chopin museum
  • Zurich: apparently it is something different?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Sprinkles


Monday morning dreaming Florence. Even though it was summer, I still managed to get caught in a little bit of a sprinkle (if you look closely at the photos you can see a few raindrops). So, apparently everyone ducks for cover while I go play in the rain whether I am in Florence, London, Dar es Salaam, Melbourne, or home sweet home in Perth. I guess not many people in the world like the rain. But I do. The smell of rain leaves the perfect scent of freshness, which makes me feel peaceful, and makes me want to twirl, and fall asleep listening to it trickle on my roof. Also, there is hardly anyone ever around so much more room for fun. I guess these pictures don't quite show you the perfect summer sprinkle moment I had in Florence. 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Skydiving


So based on my research a Tandem Skydive means free fall for 40 to 60 seconds. But that's not exactly how my experience went. As a smaller framed person of only 32kg at the time (no I have never had a eating disorder nor do I diet) I was pulled like a breath of wind out of the plane firmly connected to a professional parachutist and free falling to learn my journey was becoming something like paragliding at the same time. It was like having two experiences in one resulting in a happy Belle with a beautiful view (not the house burning down though). Would you have ever guessed I would have jumped out of a plane? Well, back on land amongst the soft green grass, watching the video reflecting on the last 5ish mins I couldn't believe I had just jumped out of a plane. I hadn't been nervous and I hadn't been scared. I was more afraid of the thought of my pretty little brown shoes (the only enclosed shoes I had packed) falling off in the sky and hurtling down like a shooting star.  After borrowing a pair of sneakers, everything went smooth sailing and I have an amazing experience to look back on and wonder how I ever did that!

So here's my list of Fab Four Pro's for anyone considering taking on the wind, the sky, a plane, and a bunch of wires.

1. Definitely don't research what can happen on a skydive before you go, let alone watch all those YouTube videos of things going wrong. That isn't going to help one itty little bit! I didn't not because I was afraid of knowing the truth (in my mind I had imagined jumping out of the plane and falling to my death and in reality there was a second or two during my free fall where I thought this was going to happen with the world spinning around out of control) but because that was those people's experiences. I was determined to have my own first experience, and enjoy the ride. Whatever the outcome. Living life to the fullest right? 

2. If your goals it do adventurous and adrenaline type sports and activities be sure to pack a pair of shoes and clothes appropriate enough. For me, I didn't own a pair of sneakers at the time (and still don't except a pair of white Vans for work!) but luckily I packed a t-shirt and tights just for it. It definitely requires some thought in advance if you're like me always wearing sandals, dresses, and skirts daily.

3. This one is for my Crohns and Colitis ninjas - if you're stressing about what's going to happen on the way up and while you're shining bright across the world like a star, don't be. I know I went to the toilet a million times as I had only been in remission for about three weeks (this was the first time since I had been diagnosed) and out of five people I was the fourth one to jump. You can imagine how long the wait was as the company took people up in two's. For me personally though, if I hadn't been in remission I would have tried attempting to skydive anyway. Your body is stronger than you think. And it actually does cooperate at times believe it or not. I have experienced two of my worst Ulcerative Colitis episodes where I have struggled the entire day during two of my teaching practicums and that had the additional stress of assessors, parents, teachers, lesson planning, resourcing materials, achieving lesson goals, and reflecting daily. You'll never know what you can achieve, till you try. So try some skydiving, or if you are keen for more land adventures, and if you are up for a trek and some sightseeing why not try the 'Inspired Adventures CCA Great Wall of China Challenge' and raise some money to support Crohns and Colitis. There are plenty of adventures out there, and starting small is the easiest, one foot at a time till you're flying high above the clouds and skydiving out of plane back to land.

4. If you've always wanted to be able to fly as your secret superpower then this is your chance with a stunning birds eye view over whatever location you choose whether Auckland, Dubai, Hawaii, Interlaken, Sydney, Tyrol or any other place. 

Video coming soon. ♥  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tirol


Over the centuries meltwater carved deep ravines with vertical rock walls in the mountains make Tirol's beautiful landscape ideal for canyoning. The vast plain with stunning shades of  green surrounded by mountains with the sands of Africa in view make for the perfect place to skydive. Two adventures of a lifetime not to be missed!

Tirol a magical pretty hidden land I could never have imagined. When you think of Austria what do you think of? Do you think of Mozart, the Sound of Music, or a Viennesse Waltz at an exquisite ball? Do you stop to think of and take note of the nature around you wherever in the world you are? Tirol is a maze of green and adventure not to be missed and if you like to try new things definitely make a pitstop here. 

Canyoning is the perfect summer adventure. Over the centuries water and nature has created amazing canyons - a playground for people wanting an adventure. Canyoning usually involves a variety of activities including abseiling through waterfalls, jumping into pools, sliding down water chutes, swimming, wading, and apparently sometimes even diving (but I didn't come across that) - oh also and in my experience lots of fun freezing times which are made up for with the obstacles made by nature and overcome thanks to safety gear. 

When you go canyoning you are provided with thick wetsuits, water shoes, and all the safety equipment required and in some special cases even a waterproof camera or GoPro (but that wasn't my case and so I have no photographic evidence of my very special adventure). It definitely is not an experience to be missed even if you only have a half day free. With one day in Tirol canyoning was my chosen morning activity. I can't wait to try out some other canyons around the world. I know I have my eyes set on a pretty rainforest style canyon in Wollongong and an adventurous canyon into the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. 

Can you guess what my chosen afternoon activity was?

Coming soon ♥  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Smile

What have you always dreamed about since you were a young child? ♥ 

Have you ever wondered what the word chronic means? Or has it never phased you? When you see someone smile what do you think? Do you judge them? Do you ignore them? Do you smile back? Do you wonder what is hidden behind that smile? Invisible chronic illnesses exist. While chronic autoimmune illnesses may be hushed and not commonly known as breast cancer, lunch cancer, and all the others which now having amazing recovery results due to years of funding and research - they exist. Have you ever heard of IBS? Or IBD? IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and umbrellas Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis and is just one of those many invisible illnesses not commonly know about. It needs more funding, research, donations to help those that are fighting daily battles with their bodies eating themselves. That's what an autoimmune disease is. In my case it is internal bleeding of my large intestine defined as Ulcerative Colitis. Internal bleeding is absolutely no fun. 

Can you imagine a beautiful young child going through that? Because I can't, and I struggle with it at 22. Especially when on my teaching practicums. My blog is an escape for me to create my perfect world, and bridge together my creativity from the comfort of my bed generally. What have you always dreamed about since you were a young child? I have always dreamed of wearing high heels, playing the piano, speaking Italian, living in Italy, travelling the world, getting married, and having twins. While I don't have the ability to control my inability to have children, who I will marry and whether they'll accept me broken and all, I have the ability to adopt, and to do many other things in life. Throughout my blog you will see snippets of my creativity, feminine outfit posts, times I have taken on challenges, travel ideas and tips, and plenty of photographs that show you what is achievable with Ulcerative Colitis when I am not hiding from the world in my room, huddled under my blanket, cuddling my teddy, attached to my heat pack, in my super duper trooper low days. There's a story hidden behind each person's smile. And this is just mine, B xx ♥