KIWI THROWBACK PART 1 // Auckland & Waiheke Island, New Zealand

I don’t know whether it was procrastination or a legitimate desire, but this evening I felt compelled to track down my photos from a trip Chris and I took to New Zealand back in July 2013. I was under the impression I had maybe 10, or 20 photos. Turns out it was closer to 100, so this throwback post will be spread out over two posts!IMG_1236

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This was my first trip overseas – though New Zealand hardly counts for us Aussies, we get to go through the same passport control as the locals! – so I was all about passport and lame tourist photos. Chris and I had planned this trip largely last minute. We went away for slightly over a week, and were on a major budget. Subsequently, our travels were limited to Auckland, Waiheke Island and Rotorua. However, we still had a great time!IMG_1242

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Auckland itself was quite similar to Melbourne, other than the novelty of Woolies being called Countdown and everyone’s fantastic accents. IMG_1252

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While in Auckland we kept things pretty chilled out, taking the ferry across the harbor to hike up a hill on the other side, wandering around the docks, and checking out a few backpacker bars (we got sucked in by the guy who came by our hostel every night spruiking about great drink specials).IMG_1261

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We took another ferry out to Waikeke Island, a small island not far off the coast. We had heard about it being revered for it’s wine, so we thought it would be worth checking out. We only stayed one night – there was a lack of cheap accommodation – but managed to squeeze in a lot while we were there.

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Despite this gloomy looking weather we actually had a great day. We hired a couple of bikes and took ourselves on a self guided tour of some of the local wineries and breweries.IMG_1278

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IMG_1294Despite the masses of hills and my obvious lack of fitness, it was a great way to explore the island. The next day we jumped back on the ferry to Auckland.

I will be back shortly with the rest of the New Zealand photos I rustled up! It is kind of fun reminicsing over times that have passed. Before I know it I am sure Europe will be a far distant memory as well!

– Reanna

CAPITAL CITY TRAIL // Melbourne, Australia

 

Summer days are no longer with us, but the sun still shines enough for it to pass as a beautiful day. I am glad we missed out on a humid heat wave this year, but I am still relishing the sun while it lasts. There is a lot of vitamin D to be caught up on after Europe!

Chris and I have been keeping ourselves busy adjusting back into university life. I am still on the job hunt, but Chris has been working a lot. So when he scored a day off today – Saturday – we decided to take advantage of it and get out of the house. We are both thoroughly enjoying riding our bikes around the city (did I mention I scored a bike for 30 bucks from the op-shop? I love it!), so we headed out to conquer the Capital City Trail. This track circles the entire way around the CBD, journeying through many iconic landmarks and suburbs.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWell, honestly there isn’t much conquering about this trail. To seasoned cyclists the tracks 29km distance is nothing! But for us, it is a nice distance. We started the trail from Arden Street in North Melbourne, and headed clockwise around the city. We broke up our journey with several stops, the first being at Green Park Dining in Carlton North. The place was fittingly hipster, as well as being full of little Melbournian families. This part of the trail travels along the north side of the city, through wonderful Carlton. As you can see below, it is quite residential, resulting in us having to dodge all the families out for their Saturday morning walk! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The trail joins up along the Merri Creek track for awhile, following the water and winding through beautiful bushland. It is amazing to be surrounded by so much greenery when locations such as Smith Street are just a stones throw away! The trail also passes Dights Fall, which you can see bellow.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Our primary destination for the day was beloved Lentil as Anything at Abbottsford Convent. We have spent many a day here, eating their delicious vegetarian food on the lawn or balcony, particularly when Chris did a marketing internship with them last year. They are a fantastic organisation, that offers delicious food with no set price – rather, you ‘pay as you feel’ and funds are reimbursed back into the community, employing disadvantaged people, and keeping the business afloat.

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The convent itself is also beautiful.

The trail then continues along the Yarra River until you hit Southbank, opposite the CBD.

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We stopped off for a beer and watched the world bustle by for awhile. Also, we needed to rest our legs after all the cycling!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe last leg of our journey took us down to South Wharf, before heading north again through Docklands. We pulled over at Docklands to have a look at some shops, but it isn’t a very photo worthy place. I personally don’t really like it that much, it feels like it tried so hard to be something great but never really achieved what it set out to.

From there, it was a short ride home. Now, we are enjoying sitting down before heading out for dinner. Nepalese, anyone?

– Reanna.

I AM STILL HERE // Melbourne, Australia

I had thought I would leave this blog behind once I returned back home, but I think I will still keep it alive, but in a much less rigid sense. It has been nice to have a break from the constant photo taking and uploading my life online. However, I did really enjoy the experience of going through my photos and actually doing a little bit more with them then simply taking them off my camera and leaving them to my hard drive. Currently I am in the process of finishing off a photo album of Chris and my 2014. Despite it being a depressing representation of my lack of creativity, it has been a fun experience, and I have decided I would like to do the same for my Europe trip and the year to come. Of course, making an album requires taking photos, so I will upload the odd adventure up on here.

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This past weekend Mum and co. came down for a day at Moomba. I had never actually been to the festival myself, so thought I would tag along to see what all the fuss is about. It was a perfect day, however the cloud in the morning deceived me and I ended up leaving the day incredibly sunburnt.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Indulging my inner child – and requests from my little sister – I partook in both a ferris wheel and some water-boat-pirate-slide-thing. Despite freaking out my anxiety, the ferris wheel was worth it for the amazing views of Melbourne. Did I mention I have moved back to the city? Chris and I have the best little apartment in North Melbourne, and we are loving being back.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We had a picnic lunch on the Yarra and watched some of the water skiing events. Unfortunately we missed out on the iconic Birdman event. One day I will see it!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Despite the sunburn, over priced carnival rides and masses of screaming children, it was a fun day out. I can only imagine what the clean up of such an event would be like!

– Reanna.