ON BEING BACK // Wilsons Promontory, Australia

Being back home in Australia has been a mixed experience. It feels somewhat strange to be back – the familiar places and faces, the language, the weather – but all at once it feels like we never left. For some reason Chris and I both had this idea that we would return home and there would have been changes. Yet nothing significantly has. We were only gone 5-6 months!

Yesterday Chris and I ventured down to Wilsons Promontory – or more often known as simply ‘the Prom’ – for a bit of exploring. Neither of us had been for five years, so it was great to visit it again. I always forgot how close it is! We hiked up Mt Oberon for some spectacular views of the coastline, had a picnic lunch at Tidal River, before taking a dip down at the beach.

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Despite not having seen friends and family for months, after the initial catch up it feels like we never left. We fall back into our usual ways and conversations. It is nice to feel so familiar again. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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When talking to people about being away, I sometimes feel a bit lost as to where to begin. It feels a bit overwhelming to encapsulate my entire experience in Europe in a few small sentences! Chris and I were talking last night and came to the conclusion that our stories and experiences will most likely emerge in conversations later in life. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We have only been back a week, but it almost feels like we never left! However, we are busily on the flat hunt so we can move back to Melbourne and resume our life there. University starts up in two weeks, and competition for flats is fierce. So fingers crossed we find something soon so we can get ourselves organised!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI feel like there is so much more I should be saying about being back, but really it feels like I never left! It is refreshing having returned.

– Reanna.

HERE COMES THE SUN // Inverloch, Australia

 

 

Yes, the rumors are true: Chris and I are back in Australia! It was a long, long trip home, full of delays and lack of sleep. However, we made it safely back, and only half an hour after our scheduled arrival time in Melbourne. Both our mums were there to greet us at the airport, which was lovely (and a good effort considering we arrived at 2:30am!). We managed to squeeze in a few hours sleep before we went out for a lovely Melbourne breakfast. And coffee. God we have missed Melbourne coffee and food. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We have spent the past couple of days catching up with family, resting, washing (like, a ridiculous amount of washing) and looking for apartments. It has been pretty chilled out, as we are both still quite jet lagged.

We don’t have a lot else on at the moment, so this afternoon we drove down to Inverloch to walk along this beach. It is such a strange contrast experiencing this sunny, warm weather after the freezing cold of Europe!

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I found I really had new found appreciation of the area after being in Europe. I used to always take the beach for granted, but really we are so lucky to have grown up near this beautiful coastline.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I am not really sure what I am going to do with this little blog. I am probably going to write up a few reflective posts if I find the time and motivation. There are a lot of changes happening in life at the moment, so there is quite a bit flying around my head!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt is still quite surreal being back in Australia! I hope to visit a lot of you all soon! But for now, I am still incredibly tired and needing my bed.

– Reanna.

THERE & BACK AGAIN // Frankfurt, Germany

Getting to Frankfurt from Venice proved to be a bit of a long haul, but that was our fault for flying with a budget airline! The flight itself was only an hour, but we had to travel an hour by bus to a smaller, further away airport at Venice. Then after arriving in ‘Frankfurt’, we had to wait another two hours for a bus that took over an hour and a half to get to the city centre. I don’t know why they claim Hahn airport to be a part of Frankfurt, but we made it. Eventually.

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This was Chris’ first time in Frankfurt, but because I had been here previously we decided to keep it pretty chilled out in regards to sight seeing. Plus there really isn’t much to see in the city. These photos of the city skyline are from atop the city’s main chapel tower. My fitness has certainly declined after traveling and being sick: climbing all the stairs nearly killed me!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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For lunch we headed to a market hall I had visited last time, and got the exactly same thing I got all those months ago! An un-appetising looking local meal of a meatball, herb sauce and potato salad. Delicious nonetheless!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We also stumbled across an Australian shop, which provided us with a great deal of novelty. Tim tams! Beer! Weet bix!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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In the afternoon we joined a free ‘alternative’ walking tour of the city. The company had only recently started up, so unfortunately to tour wasn’t overly fantastic. Plus it was freezing!

We ventured across the river to the Sachsenhausen district to try the local apple wine, as well as some local food. Which in true German style, is basically meat, cabbage and potato. It was a great night, as we reminisced over the end of an era, and all that was in these past few months.

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This morning we woke up to a small snowfall! It was a nice send off from Europe.

We are currently waiting at Frankfurt airport for our flight to Dubai, which has unfortunately been delayed. Hopefully we don’t miss our connecting flight to Melbourne, as the whole journey back is already long enough.

Next time you’ll hear from me I will be back in sunny Australia! It is still all a bit surreal.

– Reanna.