In Photos – Sydney NYE Fireworks!

Australia, Blog

I’m not even going to write anything. There were no words for how absolutely amazing the fireworks were this year, just long shouts and screams and “wows” from the entire crowd in Waverton watching the fireworks with us. The kids were excited, the adults were excited, and I was over the moon!

So now, without further a-do, the photos! (I took about 400, but I’ll only add the ones I deem worthy).

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Holidays in Sydney

Australia, Blog

Yes, I realize that this post is a little late. But you’ll forgive me, right?

This Year in Instagram

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I can honestly say that I love Instagram. Truly.

I love taking photos, and being able to share them right away with the entire world! Some of them might now be of the best quality, but in that moment what I saw made me happy, or laugh, or sad… Made me feel something that made me want to immediately share it with everyone else around me!

And now without further ado, below are 20 of my favourite Instagram photos of the year!

In Photos – The Blue Mountains

Australia, Blog

“Just one more break.” I plead, sitting down on the hard ground, my backpack thumping behind me. My legs are screaming at me in protest as I stretch them out over the dirt, and my breathing is laboured but slowly leveling out. It feels like I’ve been running for days. In reality I only just finished the first staircase of many, many more to get back up to the top of the mountains we just clambered down.

I was out of water, stupid me I thought one bottle would be enough for a small hike around a valley. My bag was heavy with the weight of my Nikon in it, and more than once I debated throwing the entire thing into the stream beside us. My friend, an ahsmatic, seemed to be doing better than I was with this torturous walk. Pathetic.

With that thought in my head, I oh so gracefully stumble back onto my feet, almost falling over in the process, and continue my journey up the stairways of hell. One foot after another, one step at a time.

In Photos – The Great Ocean Road

Australia, Blog

The Great Ocean Road is absolutely gorgeous and you should go see it right now.

A Tentative Plan

Australia, Blog, Life Lessons

I keep getting asked “So Jenna, what’s you’re plan? You’re just going to hang out in Australia for a year?”

The answer is kind of.

Surprise! I’ve decided to extend my stay here to two years instead of one. 

Britz – The Rental Company From Hell

Australia, Blog, Life Lessons, Travel Tips

It was our last day of the road trip to Melbourne. We were already freaking out because we had to return the truck by 3pm, and at the rate we were going we were going to be late – a $200 fine. Being intelligent, we called Britz – our car company – and asked for another day with the truck. They accepted. So we decided to take a detour.

We were on our way to the Philip Islands go to see some penguins. Apparently, there is a penguin march every night as they climb onto the rocky shores to escape predators. We – Trine, Adam, and I – were all so excited to go see these funny little penguins in the wild.

We were about an hour from the island when it happened.

We were making our slow ascent up a hill in our truck, when the clutch burned out.

Great. 

In Photos – Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

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Stumbling past the pushing bustling busy people at the Sydney Opera House, all posing to take selfies with the House, I see a break in the crowd. I make a run for it, almost tripping over a group of Japanese tourists who stopped in front of me to take yet more photos, and come to a gateway. Less people. I can breathe again. I wander through the gate, and like Alice in Wonderland is transported into a different world. 

I went from the bustling city of Sydney into a tranquil Garden, and I seemed to be the only one there. 

Brussels Photo Essay

Belgium, Blog

Brussels – the capital of Belgium. Actually, when I first moved to Belgium it was one of my least favourite places there. I thought it was dirty and cliche and full of tourists. 

Sydney Opera House at Sunset

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I took these photos just over a week ago… Absolutely love them! The Opera House itself isn’t as spectacular as I had imagined, but seeing it by ferry at sunset was absolutely stunning. The white reflects the sunset so well!

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