SPRING FLING // Melbourne, Australia

If this weather keeps up I will truly be happy. Feeling the sun again really improves ones mood, and makes weekends all the better to go exploring. This past weekend Chris and I wandered five minutes up the road to the annual Spring Fling street festival in North Melbourne! A perfect break from study.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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All of Errol Street was closed off to cars, however they still allowed the 57 tram to come through. The festival is also a great opportunity for local businesses to go on show, so all the cafes expanded out onto the street. We popped into Salt, a fancy fish and chip shop we had been intending to check out for a while.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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There were also a few market stalls around, selling jewellery, clothes and other knick knacks. The festival also expanded down the laneways off Errol Street, with a few music and performance stages scattered throughout. We stumbled across an awesome band down Raglan Street, where all the performers looked about 12 years old! Certainly far more talented than I will ever be.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Behind the Arts House/Town Hall a suitcase rummage was on show. I basically bought half someones wardrobe, but it was totally worth it.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Oh, and coffee from Auction Rooms take out place – Counter. A must every time one goes up Errol Street.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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This is why you don’t get take out coffee from the actual Auction Rooms cafe – always packed!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe spent the remainder of the sunny afternoon enjoying a beverage in a local park, which seems to be a popular place for hipsters to try out their newest hobbies (reading, frizbee, tight rope walking…).

This wasn’t an especially exciting or interesting adventure around Melbourne, but I decided to document it anyway as I felt it was a wonderfully Melbourne day, and I really have come to love the community in North Melbourne. Chris and I have only been living here since February, but I do adore Errol Street and the surrounding area, for all its little quirks. I am not quite sure if I will be able to part with the area if/when we leave!

– Reanna.

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PLAYING POLITICS // Canberra, Australia

I have honestly had these photos sitting here in wordpress for nigh on a week now, but have really just been too busy/lazy to post them. They are from our first afternoon in Canberra, in which Chris and I met up with a friend and squeezed in a bit of sightseeing before a crazy weekend of model diplomacy!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt was, once again, a perfect day for walking around. Well, we would have liked to have catch some public transport so we could make tours and what not, but it seems Canberra has about ten buses that run at irregular times. One of the many things that made us questions Canberra’s claims to being a ‘city’ (we’re sorry Canberra, you are cute in a big country town kinda way!).

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOur first stop was the War Memorial. Seeing as Aidan was with us I decided to take advantage of having a photographer and Chris and I got our biannual ‘jesus-we-both-hate-photos-but-should-probably-take-one’ portrait. Exhibit A.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe museum inside the War Memorial was alright, but the main attraction was the remembrance area in the main courtyard. It is a very beautiful, and moving place.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs I mentioned previously, we had intended to try and catch a bus from the War Memorial to Parliament House, but there was apparently no direct buses down that route. I don’t know about you, but wouldn’t running a bus between the two biggest attractions in Canberra be pretty obvious? Alas, no. So we walked 4+ kilometres instead, reminding ourselves to think of the gains and sunburn.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI had been to Parliament House as a child, but I think I appreciated it far more now, seeing as I understand a bit more (some days) about what the hell politics is all about.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe above photo is a painting of the ceremony at which Australia became a Federation. I hadn’t realised that this ceremonious event had actually occurred at the Royal Exhibition Building, where I sit my exams!

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I had thought I might end up taking photos of the rest of the weekend, but the time just flew, plus the photos would have been pretty mundane (perhaps of my frantic note taking and preparing speeches?). To keep it short, we attended a Model United Nations conference ran at the Australian National University. I had attended one earlier in the year at my uni, but this one was a bit bigger. It was intense, busy, but fun! We had two and a half days of committee (I was representing Jordan on the UN Human Rights Council, discussing the human rights of foreign fighters), plus I also had the pleasure of visiting the Norwegian Embassy. Here is a photo of all the lovely delegates from the University of Melbourne:

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12108147_10207203608064609_52181203616498354_nAnd to top it off, ANOTHER photo of Chris and I. Geez, I think we have outdone our quota of couple photos for the year!

– Reanna

COASTAL // Sydney, Australia

On our second full day on Sydney Chris and I decided we should partake in even more walking. However, this time we kept out of the CBD and walked along the coastline from Coogee to Bondi. It is quite a popular walk, for both tourists and locals alike (so many fit, tanned people out running).SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Random shrine overlooking Coogee.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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There were a lot of semi-natural pools and baths along the coastline. The one below at Coogee looked a bit unsafe!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The weather wasn’t as picture perfect as Tuesday, but despite the grey clouds it was still a nice temperature. The wind along the coast did make it a bit crisp though.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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More semi-natural baths, but this time turned into a swimming pool. There were a few locals swimming some laps.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The coastline was spectacular, with plenty of amazing rock formations of various shapes and colours. The ocean honestly makes me a bit anxious, but I can always appreciate the beauty of it when I am not in it!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Windswept photo overlooking Bondi Beach.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I am sure Bondi Beach would look completely different in the heat of summer!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After lunch we caught a bus back into the CBD and climbed up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A footpath runs across the expanse, offering great views of the city. We decided not to do the famed climb along the pylons due to the hefty price tag.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAfterwards we also wandered back around to the Opera House to check it out closer during the day time. It truly is such a unique building!

We are now in Canberra! Our weekend is being taken up by a model United Nations conference, so I don’t imagine I will many photos to bombard the internet with!

– Reanna