Ayayayaya…. New York. My home away from home. There are so many things I love about it and one of which is the water. I know that kind of sounds gross to start off with but you can’t beat the east coast sea for the heat! As beautiful as the PNW coast is, the water is pretty baltic. So when it came up about booking a trip out to Long Island, I had the ticket paid for within minutes. Continue reading “Long Island, New York 07/20 – 02/24”→
The PNW was meant to have raging storms all weekend so of course an outdoor coastal trip was on the cards. Korey drew out a map Friday night (I’m not gonna lie, I was quite impressed with the accuracy!) and we looked at our options. It was decided that we’d head up to the most north western part of Oregon and work our way down from there. We decided on a few spots and made up a rough plan of what to do the next day
So off we took Saturday in another beautiful Cadillac up to Astoria in the pouring rain. The car seats were heated in the car so I KO’d immediately and missed most of the scenic drive. The parts I did manage to squint in were beautiful though.
It took around 2hrs to get to Astoria and what a pretty harbor town it is! I’d love to come back in the summer time and see it in full action. For food we stopped in at Fort George Brewery. I had the most amazing salad (yes they can be!) and beer. I think it was called pumpkin something or other but either way it was delicious! 🙂 The brewery is set on two levels and the staff were so nice, it’s a really cozy place (even though it’s huge) and you could easily spend all day in there. Afterwards, we hopped in the car and made our way to the wreck of Peter Iredale. It was pouring out by this stage and really windy which made the perfect setting for visiting the shipwreck which is part of Fort Steven’s State Park.
Part 2 of my Fiji trip was to spend a of days on one of the islands. The one I chose was Mana Island which is part of the Mamanuca Islands. I was booked in to a Backpackers hostel, Ratu Kinis Diving Resort. Both myself and Trish were picked up at Bamboo and brought to our transfer boat. The journey took about 45 mins and cost $F144 round trip.
So after 32 hrs and jumping in and out of 3 time zones I arrived in Australia in one piece. Just about haha! The flight from Dubai was long (and confusing – so much Chinese!) but with the help of a guy from India who spoke some Mandarin I was on my way! 1 tip for traveling to China though, don’t go to the beach the day you are traveling and get scalded by the sun or you will set off heat detectors in immigration and be put in to quarantine!
Once in ozzieland though everything went smoothly. I got the Skybus from the airport to Southerncross where I met Rachel. (It’s right outside arrivals and departs every 15mins to the city). We then got a train from Flinders to Balaclava. All very quick. After some food, we went to St. Kilda Beach for a look. It’s a gorgeous area with a harbour and cafes dotted around. From the harbour you can get a clear view of the Melbourne skyline, beautiful!
On Tuesday, myself, Rachel and her housemate Cammie went for a run around the block. I may have ran on ahead and gotten myself lost but managed to make my way back to Rachel’s in the end. I am proving to be useless with my sense of direction haha!
During the afternoon, myself and Aoife went down to Acland St for a look around the shops. Acland St is a hive of activity with loads of different restaurants, cafes, thrift shops and well just about everything! It’s all on one street and really easy to navigate around. On our way home, we went to the St. Kilda Botanical Gardens for walk around. The park was so peaceful! There was even a greenhouse with a little pond inside!
I joined a gym as well (Body World) which offer classes in the evening so I was able to go to a yoga one. I was delighted to hop back on the mat again! The gym itself seems great. The staff are really helpful and willing jump in and give advice when needed. There aren’t many cardio machines but a huge area for weight training.
On Wednesday, I went for a workout in the gym and then back to Acland St to pick up a sim card. It’s much easier to get around I’ve found with the help of google maps! Walking around, I stumbled across a quirky outdoor garden area that has been set up by the community. There are a couple of plots that are all decorated differently with decorations. Theres also an outdoor kitchen where people can cook their meals or have a bbq. It’s called Veg Out and can be accessed by the public.
In the evening, a group of us went in to the city to go to the Wednesday Night Street Market that is held every summer in Melbourne. There are so many different types of foods to choose from ranging from Asian to Middle Eastern to Sicilian and more! There are also live bands that play and craft stalls.
Today I took my first proper trip in to the city and picked up a map of different tourist spots. I managed to make my way through Federation Sq which was really interesting. I loved Hozier Lane and all of the street art. (I’ll add all of the places on the places visited tab.)
There’s a lot of culture set in Melbourne it seems and I’m excited to see what else there is. I also have a couple of tours and activities booked over the next 10 days so I’ll update as I go along! 🙂