Last month I was in visa limbo. This month, I am living in another country. August was just a wee bit eventful. I finally received my golden ticket on the 5th August and booked my flight to Vancouver that day for the 25th August. No time to waste, right? I finished off work that week and said my goodbyes to Melbourne and my friends. Melbourne was a good city to me and I will miss it, but I am so pumped to be BACK in Canada!
I returned to my island home on the 9th. I had a couple of relaxing weeks at home, where all I really did was binge-watch Selling Houses Australia (#obsessed) and the Olympics. Highlights included Michael Phelps killing it in the pool, our boy Kyle Chalmers getting a gold, and watching Brazil win the pole vault. Amazing. The “winter” weather on Magnetic Island of 25 degree days was definitely welcome too. I needed to thaw out for a little bit. I also missed this view.
This photo is now the background on my phone.
After an overnight stopover in Sydney and a quick catch-up with bestie, Kate, it was time to sit in the same seat for about 15 hours, all the way to Vancouver. The past week has passed by in a blur of sleepless nights (jetlag combined with house searching stress), friend catch ups, and even a couple of shifts at my old work, Aussie Pie Guy. It is so surreal being back. I just can’t comprehend that it has been two years since I have been here, but being back with my friends it honestly feels like nothing has changed. I am unbelievably happy to be back in my second home. This city is just the best.
Also, in case you are wondering, I did find a place to live, in the same neighbourhood I previously lived in. It’s amazing just how much your life can change in a week and a month.
I spent my last week in Melbourne exploring a couple of places I hadn’t visited previously. Blog posts coming up, once I’m settled and all that. Here is what else I posted this month:
♥ My Guide to St Kilda, which is a great coastal suburb in Melbourne.
♥ A good thing about packing up my entire life (again)? I read through my old travel diaries, which inspired this post about the Canadian Rockies.
This sunset. That water.
I finished two books in August, and I am still slowly making my way through book three in the Outlander series. I read Salem Falls, another Jodi Picoult novel. This was a good read, but it doesn’t make my Picoult Top 5. I also saw the ending coming, which never happens. Then I finished A Court of Mist and Fury. A great fantasy series, which is a bit more A than YA, if you know what I mean. The story unraveled in a way I didn’t expect, and I highly recommend this series.
Around the web, check out this post from Fat Mum Slim about using Instagram Stories. So many good tips and tricks! I also really love these monthly posts of travel writing inspiration from Caroline in the City. I’m excited to do a bit more travelling in North America this year and next. Finally, Kristin at Camels & Chocolate has me figuring out how I can do a solo trip to Budapest soon.
Besides my Selling Houses binge, I have also started the TV series, Devious Maids. It is a total guilty pleasure and just one of those shows you don’t have to really focus on.
After insane August, September will see me settled in Vancouver. I am so ready for some local adventures, which will probably all revolve around food. I am also totally not ready for summer to be over, because I need more sun this year, but I am excited for pretty fall.
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