Category: Australia

I had a great week in Melbourne, catching up with new and old Yalie friends, sightseeing on the Great Ocean Road, checking out a wildlife sanctuary, wine tasting in Yarra Valley, investing in my sleep deficit, and trying to drink like I was a sophomore in college (it was a super depressing winter, OKAY?!).
It had been two years since I was last in Sydney en route to whale sharks and Tony Robbins and 10 years since I lived here…  It’s so interesting how my impression of Sydney has changed so much based on who I’m with and where I am in life.  When I lived here, I was 25 and really […]
Cultural shock. Pure cultural shock hits me as I emerge from my Airbnb to the streets of central Sydney. Food. Delicious, nutritious food, everywhere. So many people, so diverse, so loud, and so good looking… That familiar feeling of ungrounding and disorientation overwhelms me. I feel like I might be nauseous or start crying uncontrollably. […]
To say the last week in Date with Destiny in the Gold Coast of Australia with Tony Robbins was transformational would be an understatement.  I don’t know how to describe the experience and insight without sounding like a crazy church proselytizer, but I’ve felt like I was swimming upstream my whole life and then I […]
I finished Stacy’s book, Where the Staircase Ends, and wanted to find it a proper home rather than a hostel book exchange. It just so happened that the Exmouth public library was across the street from the hostel so I wandered in and told the librarian about the book. She agreed to shelve it so […]
I decided to spring for another whale shark tour since I enjoyed them so much the first time and I came all the way to Australia and Western Australia for it. They’re not cheap at ~$300 a pop! I’m so happy that I did. It was a very different experience than the first time… We […]
There are two things that have been stressing me out the past few days: 1) the expensiveness to rent a car to go down to Coral Bay to snorkel with manta rays and 2) finding a roommate for Tony Robbins’s Date with Destiny later this week. So, after all my stewing on rental cars, Dotan, […]
Time to conquer my fear!  I’ve been trying to get back into diving since a gnarly dive in Komodo, Indonesia a couple years ago.  I still have a lot of anxiety but am confident I can conquer this.  The fear will be there but I need to dance with it.  I’ve done almost 100 dives…I’m […]
To be honest, I’m kind of sad today.  WA is actually my first time really traveling alone without friends or a tour group.  It’s a little lonely, especially after you meet people in the hostel and then they leave a couple days later.  There’s definitely impermanence in traveling like this. I decided to postpone my […]
Bucket list item checked off!  Whale sharks were amazing.  We saw three different ones that were 3-4m.  These were small compared to the biggest ones that can be over 20m long but it was still magnificent to see.  It was so weird to just see them in the water.  Like everything I had fantasized about […]
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