July was intense. Like, who decides to apply for a work visa, work two jobs and move house in one month? A crazy person, that is who. But it all worked out and I am currently settled in my housemate’s new apartment for two weeks before moving home to Magnetic Island next week for an unforeseen amount of time. So this is my last week in Melbourne, for now. Who knows when I shall return, so I am trying to see and do as much as I can before heading off. I just hope the weather is good for exploring, although the forecast isn’t looking too good.
Fortunately, July wasn’t all work and packing and moving. I also got out and about and devoured a few new Melbourne places: Belles Hot Chicken for my first chicken and waffles experience, Shortstop Donuts, 8bit and Honky Dory (excellent fish and chips).
I also paid Geelong one last visit, and said goodbye to St Kilda and its cakes on the last day of the month. It was the most beautiful winter’s day, I even took off the jacket. That’s a big deal. Here is what else I got up to in July.
I did quite alright on the blogging front this month, seeing as the rest of my life was a frazzled mess.
♦ Going Home to Magnetic Island: this blog post blew up thanks to some great marketing by my mum. The day it was published became the most viewed day on my blog ever.
♦ Snapshots from a Brisbane Weekend: A round-up from my quick weekend trip to Brisbane in May. I wanted to share some of the great places I visited while I was there.
♦ What I’ve Been Reading: I didn’t realise I had read so much lately until I wrote this post. But if you are after some inspiration, you seriously don’t have to look any further.
♥ Liz from Young Adventuress headed to Townsville, my hometown. I found it really interesting reading about the city from a different perspective.
♥ Need a show to get you through this Aussie winter? Check out Jayne from Girl Tweets World’s post. I really need to start watching The Affair. And Bloodlines. I’m addicted to TV.
♥ Love this list from Alex of her favourite travel destinations in the US. I can always add more cities to my American bucket list.
♥ Finally, a little solo travel advice from The Love Assembly. I, of course, agree with everything Aubrey mentions in her post.
I really got into the Australian series, Love Child in July. It is based in the late 60s/70s around Kings Cross General Hospital. It involves pregnant teenagers, a woman doctor, Vietnam War protests and so much more. I really enjoy historical shows, so Love Child was made for me.
On the completely other side of the spectrum, I also started watching the first season of UnREAL. I am sure you have heard about this show, which is about the producing crew behind a Bachelor-type show. It is so manipulative and awful and juicy, it is hard not to binge.
Where will I be this time next month? Australia or Canada? See you in September!