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My last month in Australia: A visual carousel.

I started putting this article together 2 days ago, as I was sitting in the Virgin wing of the international airport in Melbourne, Australia, waiting to board a flight to Auckland, New Zealand.

Exactly 19 months earlier, I arrived in Australia. I thought I’d be there for 3 months, and then go again.

Life it seems, had other plans.

 

In that time, I:

  • Worked through and healed some pretty foundational family stuff. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, or hoped. But it’s exactly as it should be.
  • Travelled up and down the East Coast of Australia 6 times (!!!).
  • Fell in love.
  • Lived in Byron Bay for 5 months.
  • Grew and expanded my writing and coaching business into a joy-fuelled dream-machine.
  • Went to Bali for 2 months.
  • Developed and launched my first eCourse, Manifest More.
  • And (just recently) took a break from it all, to step back, and recalibrate.

 

And so, to cap it all off, I wanted to do this:

 

My last month in Australia: A visual carousel.

 

Feeling philosophical in Yamba, in northern NSW.
Feeling philosophical in Yamba, in northern NSW.

 

A lake in Yamba.
“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream… Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream!” On a lake in Yamba.

 

 

Surf beaches in northern NSW, Australia.
Surf beaches in northern NSW, Australia.

 

 

Tasting wine in Hunter Valley.
Tasting wine in Hunter Valley.

 

 

Adventures in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour.
Adventures in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour.

 

 

View of Sydney from North Bondi.
View of Sydney from North Bondi.

 

 

A girl can dream... I'd love a bike like this, tied to the rails at Bondi Beach.
A girl can dream… I’d love a bike like this, tied to the rails at Bondi Beach.

 

 

Getting close and personal with the graffiti art wall in Bondi.
Getting close and personal with the graffiti art wall in Bondi.

 

 

Can't not take a photo of the idolised ocean pool at Iceberg's.
Can’t not take a photo of the idolised ocean pool at Iceberg’s.

 

 

Cause I've got wings...
I think I can fly. Cause I’ve got wings…

 

 

The 3 Sisters. Apparently they really like hanging out together.
The 3 Sisters. Apparently they really like hanging out together.

 

 

Looking out into the world... Blue Mountains are pretty blue.
Looking out into the world… Blue Mountains are pretty blue.

 

 

Welcome to my abode. One day...
Welcome to my abode. One day…

 

 

And then: The Great Ocean Road.
And then: The Great Ocean Road.

 

 

2 of the 12 Apostles making an appearance.
2 of the 12 Apostles making an appearance.

 

 

"London Bridge" they call this. It's not London. But it sure is pretty.
“London Bridge” they call this. It’s not London. But it sure is pretty.

 

 

My camping face. "Stop taking photos of me!" I say. And then, later, I'm grateful.
My camping face. “Stop taking photos of me!” I say. And then, later, I’m grateful.

 

 

2 Responses to My last month in Australia: A visual carousel.

  1. What is really cool, is that I get to take you with me wherever I go Abby! Thank you, as always, for your sweet words, and for your friendship. I adore you. xo

  2. What a beautiful and inspiring post, Vienda. I just love reading your words of joy and appreciation. You seem to handle contrast with such grace and I am looking forward to seeing where this next adventure takes you. Even though I am set in one place for the time being, I look forward to the day when traveling will become easier again. For now, I am content to “follow you” around! Safe travels and I hope you settle in nicely in your new destination. :) xoxo