Finding Stability While Traveling

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Stability is a part of life that we often don’t realize we need until it is stripped away, whether by choice or circumstance.  When we lack stability, we are often in search of it again.  The art of traveling is, at its core, the opposite of stability, and yet, even while on the road, we still crave it.

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(Mis)Adventures in the South Island, New Zealand

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Lake Matheson reflection pool with views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman

In my opinion, the South Island is significantly more stunning than the North.  With the Sounds, Fjords, and Southern Alps, the natural beauty of the South Island cannot be paralleled.  Beauty aside, my ten days in the South Island was filled with hits and misses.  While I had perfect weather every day, a handful of my desired activities were cancelled for various reasons.  I had to chock that up to the ebbs and flows of travel…plus, I was in NEW ZEALAND.  I really couldn’t complain.

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Catching the bug (and it’s not the travel bug…)

 

No sickness can keep me from embracing UK stereotypes of Australians!

“I think the Gators made me sick,” I told my new friend. “Sorry – who are the Gators?” Ugh. Sometimes it’s difficult living abroad. For one, your new friends are not usually the kind of friends you can share the typical banter from home. These new friends also come with a new set of international germs and with that, the possibility of becoming ill. I have lived in Sydney for a month now and have been sick twice within that month. Illness is another difficulty while living abroad. Without your typical routines, eating habits, germs, and doctors around, it can be challenging to know what to do when sickness strikes.

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Life in the Bondi Bubble

  
“They call it the ‘Bondi bubble'”, my AirBnB host explained.  “Everything you need is right here.  There are people who never leave.”  As I continue my neighborhood exploration, I opted to spend a few nights living in Bondi because, why not?  Bondi is a world famous destination for surfers and travelers alike, always on the must-see list for any visit to Sydney.  While it’s unlikely I’ll choose to settle in Bondi,  a handful of days in the beach community is exactly what I had in mind.  Bondi has a few unique characteristics that make up the “bubble”, and are rather entertaining to witness.  Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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First Impressions of Oz


I’m here!  After 9 months of planning, excitement, and anticipation, Ali is finally in OZ!  It’s almost surreal–there are moments that feel like a dream.  There is much to learn, see and do in my new home of Australia but, for now, I will share my initial impressions of Sydney.  We all know first impressions are important and, after a week in Sydney, I’ve found a few notes worth sharing.

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