Australian Adventure Day 5: Sweating

For my last day in Sydney, I decided that I couldn’t leave without seeing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge! That’s like Sydney’s icon!

Today was probably the warmest it’s been since I have arrived and I will admit now, I didn’t put much sunscreen on so yes I did get quite burnt today! But, it was beyond worth it!

I went to the Central station and got on the train to go to Circular Quay which is the stop for the Opera House. This train ride was a bit longer but once I got there, I got off the train and enjoyed the views! They were breath taking and even though it was a little warm, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I got to take in all the beauty that was before me!

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Australian Adventure Day 3: Waxing

Today was another gorgeous day in Sydney! Around 85 degrees, sunny with a little wind, it’s perfect! One of the main things that has a been a life saver for traveling around Sydney is the light rail. My hostel is right by Central Station where I hop on the train, and it gets me to Darling Harbor in about 10 minutes. Yes I like walking around the city, but when it’s that hot out and I have things I want to do, I choose the light rail!

Today I went into the Madame Tussauds Wax museum because I had bought the 3 pack of tickets that got me into the aquarium, the wax museum and wildlife sydney! I have been to multiple wax museums including the one in Myrtle Beach and Dublin, but I have to say that Sydney’s was one of the better ones! ( And I’m not just saying that because they have a wax statue of Steve Irwin ;))

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After the wax museum, my roommates and I and a few people from the hostel decided to go to TGI Friday’s for happy hour! We had to take a train from Central station to the University stop where Friday’s was and we enjoyed a few drinks and food!

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Australia Bound: 9 Days Away!

Just a little over a week until I leave for the big Australian adventure! I’m still trying to get everything finalized, but one of the things I’m very excited to do is that I am going to be staying in a hostel while in Sydney! Yes, I know alot of people’s first thought is the movie Hostel, but I’m thinking the complete opposite. I have chosen to stay at one of the most well known and respected hostels in Australia and I can’t wait. It will be a fantastic way to meet people hopefully around my age and maybe get to do things around the city with them! Again, that’s why I travel. To meet others and get to know they’re experiences from a different perspective!

Ever since I was little I have always wanted to travel to Australia. My childhood hero was Steve Irwin and I am happy to say that I will be able to spend a few days at his zoo in Beerwah! It’s still weird to think that I’ll be at the zoo I grew up watching on TV!

I am also going to try to go diving off the coast of Brisbane, as well as venture out into the outback a bit. I have so much to do!!

Until then, I’m counting down the days!

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“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, its inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are.”

8 Weeks to go!

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It seems like we’ve been waiting for a long time but it’s only 8 weeks until our adventure to Seychelles! The idea of being able to be halfway across the world from what we’re accustomed too makes us excited but anxious too! Physically we will be traveling from Chicago, to Dublin, to Abu Dhabi and finally to Seychelles. We will be going from a house that has a bed, unlimited electricity, food that comes from the fridge, electronics around every corner and wifi to very basic living accommodations, no running water except in the kitchen and showers, absolutely no wifi and the only way of getting electricity being a generator for a few hours at night.

It will definitely be a big change, but we are both looking forward to living in a culture that is so much different than what we are accustomed to.  Though we won’t have access to wifi where we are staying, we will be able to visit wifi cafes every week or so when we travel to the main islands so we will try to post in the blog as much as we can!

We will try to keep everyone updated in the coming weeks!

Don’t Plan Everything!

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I was thinking about the concept today of planning ahead. Why does everyone feel like they are in such a rush to get to the future and know ever detail of what that future will look like? What is the fun in that? If you never live in the moment, you’re not really living for anything. If you’re always planning for the future, what is your NOW looking like?

There was a Groupon that I stumbled upon a few days ago that caught my eye. It was called the Mystery Getaway. You pay your money (everything was included; flights, accommodation, and breakfast) but the catch was, you have no idea where you are going. Once you pay your money, you get an email saying where that flight is taking you. That idea sounds so amazing to me. Unfortunately, that Groupon is only valid from the Dublin Airport but it got me thinking: why plan everything? It can help in some situations of course, but I like the idea of spontaneity and the idea of the unknown.

I’m going to feel like a dork for bringing this up, but I was also thinking about the Mary Kate and Ashley Movie where they take a dart and throw it at a map, saying that wherever it lands they will go. I love that idea and plan on doing that! You can’t always be in your comfort zone and plan everything out! Live for the here and now and do whatever feels right. Whatever happens will happen. Don’t sweat it.

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

Go for the experiences, not the comforts

Experience VS material things

Success, happiness, joy, words that throughout our lives are portrayed by images of big houses, fancy cars, and most importantly, money. But is that really all its cracked up to be? Since I was young the image of success has always been, the bigger, the better, but why? This idea of happiness couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes as humans we have basic needs, such as food and shelter, but do we really need any more than that? So many people search for the comforts of life; that big couch, huge tv, and a car with heated seats, but they forget how to truly live. Getting out there, experiencing the world, and most importantly leaving your comfort zone behind is how we are meant to exist, not sedentary lifestyles in which we simply exist, and nothing more. Life isn’t about compromising your childhood dreams to accept a ‘safe’ future, its about living everyday the way YOU want to and not accepting what is ‘normal’. We have become accustomed to the idea that you must wait for opportunities to present themselves to you when in reality opportunities are all around us, you just have to take that leap and go for them! When you look back on your life in twenty years, you won’t remember that night you watched tv and surfed the web for no reason, you’ll remember all those times you took a step out of your comfort zone and did something different and incredible, you’ll remember all the people you’ve met and all of the experiences you’ve had. So just remember that success isn’t always defined by money and houses, it’s defined by all the experiences you’ve had in your life and the priceless memories you’ve made along the way.

“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”

― Benjamin Franklin