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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. ♥