The 31st was my 31st Birthday. Yup.. 31.. on the 31st!! I can’t believe it myself. Its scary how the years go so quickly when you get older, not that turning 31 is old (I hope). It feels like only yesterday I was celebrating my 30th birthday in the most mature way possible with a trip to Harry Potter World in Orlando. This year was a little bit more sedate but I still had a great day.
In the years that I have been travelling it is almost guaranteed that if there is a place you would expect me not to like I’ll do the opposite and fall in love with it. Take my first trip overseas, India. Never in a million years would I have expected to even go there, let alone love it. The same thing happened with Singapore. I was barely excited about the trip, but it turned out to be one of my favourite places in the world!! You can read about it here if you want to see pictures of me having the time of my life.
Here we are, another year has passed and as usual I’m late to the party with my goals. It’s not that I haven’t had any, in fact I’ve had 2017 goals since like October. That’s how eager I was for 2016 to wrap up. It’s not that anything bad happened in 2016, in fact it was the opposite. I’m just a sucker for a good ‘new year, new me’ situation.
I am living proof that hanging on to first impressions isn’t always the best idea. When I first travelled to San Francisco in 2012 as part of a Contiki tour it didn’t do much for me. I have strong memories of drinking too much, seeing lots of homeless people, and staying in a supposedly haunted hotel. For a tour company with a slogan of NO Regrets, I certainly had a lot. I felt like I had completely missed the point of San Francisco.
It wouldn’t be right if there was a new breakfast cafe in town and I didn’t go and try it. After all, breakfast is life (and so is Harry Potter.. and so is chocolate.. ok, a lot of things are life.. you know what I mean). Born in Brunswick is about 7 minutes down the road from me at the top of the North Hobart food strip. It has been opened by ex Masterchef contestant Con Vailas and his best mate Ben Korkmaz. They’ve taken an old clothes store and have turned it into a beautiful, funky, airy breakfast/brunch cafe that has great coffee and great atmosphere.
Sometimes in life there are times when you need an emergency cupcake (ladies, you know what I’m talking about) and sometimes in life there are times when you really don’t feel like leaving the house to get said cupcake. There are also times in life when you feel like baking, but you don’t have time to whip up a 5 tiered chocolate layer cake, and the thought of the excessive washing up makes you want to crawl into a ball and eat cooking chocolate straight out of the packet.
About 4 years ago some very perfect timing resulted in me going on a 4 month extended holiday around the world. Since then I have migrated back into the real world where people break up their annual leave into short sharp bursts so they don’t loose their minds at work throughout the year.
Hello from Sunny Penang, Malaysia. This morning we ventured out of our resort for the first time (despite being here 3 nights already) to have a morning in Georgetown. Georgetown is the capital of Penang and is best known for it’s old British Colonial buildings and it’s street art. It’s usually what most people come here to see, closely followed by the nice resorts, beaches, and shopping.
Despite being armed with a walking map given to us by the hotel, we opted for a trishaw (or cyclo) tour. What is a trishaw you ask? This:
Is it just me or does spring time make you want to go out and buy every single pretty flower on the planet?! It’s this time every year that I convince myself that I’m a responsible plant owner. Unfortunately the plants that I said that about last year have since passed away, but I feel like I’m going to do it right this year. I’ve even named this post “Spring Adulting.” You can’t get more serious than adulting!!
This year I have actually taken the time to read the information on the back of the card that tells me if my new BPF (Best Plant Forever) needs extra sun, or like me, needs to be kept in the shade to avoid lobster level sunburn.
It’s embarrassing to say that I have lived in Tasmania for all bar 4 and a half years of my life. What’s embarrassing about that you ask? Well, I’ve barely seen any of it. My boyfriends parents who are from country Victoria have seen more of this state than I probably ever will and they only visit once a year.
I started to feel guilty that I have spent so much of my time dedicated to seeing or planning holidays to visit various parts of the world when I have barely spent any time exploring my own backyard. People comment to me all the time about how much Tassie has to offer so I thought it was about time I took their advice and went to see for myself.