The Best Weekend ever in Melbourne! | Diary 003

This weekend was by far the best time I had on my journey until now! It was an amazing weekend, so much going on, so many new and amazing people I met, lots of conversations, laughs and all in all a wonderful time – I enjoyed every single moment!

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Friday 28/9

Friday was a very exciting day as I got to meet my AuPair parents for the first time! They spontaneously flew from Brisbane to Melbourne for the football final (will talk about that later) and so I got to meet them for breakfast and it was so lovely. We really connected and I am so happy I found them and get to stay with them at least for one month.

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We had the best Avo Smash Toast at ‚MockTurtle‘ I’ve ever eaten in my entire life and talked a lot. It was so great to be able to meet them and we really got along with each other so well, that I am even more excited to be their AuPair now!

Because it was a really rainy and cold day I just stayed at the hostel after the meetup, did some laptop work and drank tea…

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In the afternoon I went to ‚The crown‘ hotel with the guy from New Zealand to walk through the biggest casino in whole Australia. A friend told me to do so and it really was crazy! We walked through the whole building for about an hour and almost got lost in there because it is so huge! There is not only a casino and hotel there but also several restaurants, a food court, a shopping mall and clubs in one building.

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Saturday 29/9

Saturday was a very exciting day for the whole city: The Australian football final took place in Melbourne, so the city was crowded, and my hostel fully booked.

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That’s why I had to change hostel and moved into a 12-bed dorm in The Nunnery a much cooler hostel in the hip and alternative area of Melbourne called Fitzroy. Sabrina already lived here, so I knew it was awesome, only a bit more expensive (35$ per night ~ 22€). But it’s definitely worth it as the people here are much cooler, it’s located in the hip and alternative area and I’m excited to explore all the vintage shops, little boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. Also, most of the awesome vegan places are located here as well.

So I just had some last pancakes in the hostel, grabbed all my belongings and moved.

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In the afternoon the West Coast Eagles played against Collingwood (a district of Melbourne). As my AuPair family originally is from Perth the supported the Eagles and so did I. We went to the pub together with a group of boys from the hostel and watched it there. They explained us some rules and it was a lot of fun watching it – luckily, the Eagles won!!

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Afterwards, we were hungry for burgers, so we went to Lord of the Fries, an Australian all vegan fast food burger chain. It isn’t very expensive (as most eating out places are) and it was so delicious! Very unhealthy, fried, fatty and salty, but amazing. I got a “fish burger” and sweet potato fries and I’ll for sure come back if I crave something unhealthy!

The boys took us to the theatre to watch ‚Bogan Shakespeare‚ which was very funny but also kinda hard to understand so Sabrina and I sometimes looked at each other when everyone else was laughing and were like “did you get that?” haha.

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Sunday 30/9

On Sunday I went for breakfast with my AuPair mom again before they leave back to the Sunshine Coast and it was so lovely! We went to a small café called ’slowpoke‘ in Fitzroy, had amazing breakfast and good conversations. I am already very excited to meet the kids and be their AuPair next year!

This time I didn’t go for Avo toast because I knew that they couldn’t beat the first one, so I went for buckwheat granola with coconut yogurt, almond milk and pears which was super yummy.

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Afterwards, Sabrina, me and some boys from the hostel went to Queen Victoria Market again to buy fruits and veggies and I had some carrots and hummus before we went to an Escape room. I’ve never done that before, but it was so much fun! A lot of numbers and codes and not always easy to understand in English but I’ll for sure do that again.

Afterwards, we make a veggie roast together (one of the Aussies is vegan!) and then spend the night at the hostel playing board games which was a lot of fun and great to learn more vocabulary.

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September Review

My life back home in Germany already feels so far away. But I still wanted to write this September Review to remember my last days with my friends and not miss out on this time when I’ll be going through my monthly reviews in the future.

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For my time in Australia, I plan to write diary style blog posts every few days or every week to update you and have a diary for myself about my journey.

So this September Review will only be about the time in Germany until the 19th and afterwards, posts of my first days in Melbourne will follow!

I’ll also include some favourites of the month because I won’t make extra favourite posts anymore.

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Review

My September hasn’t been that exciting as I was just preparing a lot as well as spending quality time with my family and friends.

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I enjoyed the last bits of summer at the pool, went to the lake, scrolled through my hometown and did all the usual stuff.

I tried to eat as healthy as possible because I wasn’t sure if I could always afford all the good veggies and fruits so I wanted to really enjoy it in my last days. As well as doing sport because the first days somewhere new I usually don’t feel like going for a run or working out. Especially now that I have to stay in hostels without a private room to do a home workout and a big city like Melbourne, where it isn’t really nice to go for a run…

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On Sunday I went to Wernigerode with my best friend because I’ll maybe start studying there next year so I wanted to have a look at the town. It is very cute and lovely, but not much going on… the problem is, that I can’t study the subject of International Tourism Management anywhere else that is not super far from my home, so I’ll have to get along with it.

In Wernigerode, they had these “snowball” called cookies, so we had to try them but got disappointed. It’s just boring dough with lots of sugar and cinnamon (or whatever flavour you take).

Luckily, I got the chance to still go to a new completely vegan restaurant that just opened up in Magdeburg, called Botanica and ate dinner there with my friends. Not just their interior is super cute, green, cozy and just lovely but also their food was amazing. I had a smoked tofu wrap with a very dense “meat-y” sauce which was amazing and a chocolate-pear cake for dessert. I’ll for sure go back right away when I’m home to try all the other meals on their menu!

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I also finally got these reusable cotton shopping bags that my mom is now taking to the supermarket. I really hope that it will be common soon to use these instead of plastic bags and until then my mom will be a good example for everyone!

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One Saturday me and my parents went to my family’s farm and I was so happy to be able to go there again before leaving for Australia. They have some animals as well as the best grapes ever and we were lucky to get there at the perfect time to take some home.

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And then it was time to say goodbye to all my friends. But before we had a wonderful weekend and got to spend a lot of time together before everyone is going to different directions now.

First, we went to the vacation home of my best friend (where we also stayed at after finishing exams in May) to celebrate her and her boyfriend’s birthday. We had a lovely evening, night and morning with good conversations, amazing food, a campfire and fun board games.

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For the party, I baked this vegan poppyseed-cheesecake which was super yummy! I love poppyseeds but I haven’t baked with them myself before. When I, now that I am writing this, think about cooking, baking and my kitchen at home, I really wish to be at home and be able to try out recipes… I already miss that!

You can find the recipe here!

 

 

The next day we drove straight to Leipzig where another friend is at dance school now. We met her in her new apartment, talked a lot because we haven’t seen each other in ages and made food (as per usual haha). I really fell in love with her apartment interior and I would love to have one myself one day and make it look beautiful just as she did.

Here you can see some interior inspiration by @jule.popule as I really love her interior style!

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And then on my last Sunday, it was the day of saying goodbye to all my friends. I invited them for brunch and we had a wonderful day with good food (again! Haha) and more conversations. I’m really going to miss these casual days/ evenings/night with my friends where we just cook, eat and talk…

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For my brunch, I baked some amazing vegan brownies with cherries that were so unbelievable yummy, chocolately, creamy, moist, fruity and fresh (because they are made with vegan yogurt), so I highly recommend you to try this recipe by elefantasticvegan!

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I also finally made time to go horseback riding again after ages and it was so much fun! I really hope that I’ll be able to find a job on a horse ranch here in Australia so that I can be around horses again.

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More

So this September Review ends with the 18th as I left to Australia and I’m going to write extra diary blog posts about that – so stay tuned for my first posts from Melbourne in the next days!

Last full Month Home | August 2018

The end of August means the beginning of September. The month that I’ll be leaving Germany, my home, my family and fly to Melbourne, Australia. I can’t believe that the time I dreamt of every day when I sat at school or laid in bed is almost there.

Only a few days until I leave my easy, safe and comfortable life behind and dive into the adventure of travelling solo through a new country on the other half of the world.

I feel like I still have so many things to do / I still want to do so many things before I leave. Want to prepare, pre-ride etc. but there isn’t enough time to do so and there are new to-do’s coming every day – I just cannot be 100% ready. That’s not how life works… but it’s hard for me to accept that.

I just have to take everything as it comes, go with the flow, be spontaneous and enjoy the ride!

But for now, we are going to look back on this wonderful month: August 2018!

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Review

July ended and August started with a three day trip to Vienna with Anna. We had an awesome time together, enjoyed and explored the city and the weather. Three days full of new places, adventures, good food and the best company!

After coming home I immediately left again for some hours to go to Leipzig and meet Katja from amoureuxee to take some pictures. I already used some of them in my blog post about Role models on the Internet.

But my favourite pictures are the ones that illustrate a topic that is very close to my heart. I wrote this post „We Drown in Plastic“ that I am very proud of and I want to discuss sustainability, less waste, greenness and minimalism on my blog more in the future, because they are very important to me and I want to get into them more as well.

With my two best friends I went to Berlin for one day and we went to Brandy Melville, a Second-Hand Shop and „My Deli Love“ to eat vegan Wraps that were super yummy and an Acai Bowl that was not good at all – sadly. But all in all it was a lovely day!

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Some days later I went to Crops (went there at least every second week the past month :D ) with a good friend that I’ve been friends with since we were babies. We don’t see each other very often, but if we do it’s always a lovely time.

We both ate this Bomb Salad with quinoa, sweet potato, greens, apple, pomegranate and hemp seeds and it was amazing! Afterwards, I had a chocolate mousse cake which was yummy too, but not the best I had at Crops.

With my best friend I went to the Mogli Concert in Leipzig and we had a wonderful time enjoying her music and the beautiful atmosphere!

Before we scrolled through the streets of Lindenau, Leipzig and I totally fell in love! I really would like to study here because the vibe of the city is amazing and it has so many cute, alternative and vegan places. Sadly I can’t study international tourism management here and that’s what I’d love to do…

Anyways, we walked around and fell in love with all the cute second hand / vintage / sustainable shops and the good food. Ate some yummy falafel wrap, had vegan chocolate ice cream that was the best I ever had (vegan & non-vegan – it was just so so good!) at „Softeisbude“ and a guy gifted us some mangoes and strawberries he saved from getting thrown away by the supermarket.

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I also went to a local market in Stadtfeld, Magdeburg that was super cute and to the movie „303“ with Tete some days later. We cooked lunch together one day and she also turned 18 this month and we had a nice afternoon with yummy birthday cake in her garden.

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Made these tasty Chocolate-Date-Bliss-Balls that I shared in my Healthy Snack / Treat Post with you!

Had cake and dinner with my family for my granny’s birthday and ate so much good food. Homemade cake and a walnut burger with sweet potato fries and a lovely evening with many good conversations.

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Anna, Tete & I are going to Bali together next summer (after I’ve been to Australia and before I’m coming home) so we researched and planned a bit and make no-bake peanut butter and chocolate pie on the side. I am already very excited to explore Bali, the islands around and it’s amazing food with these two!

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Before the weather gets colder now, I enjoyed the (maybe last) hot day at home at the pool and read and sunbathed.

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Plans

I am going to Wernigerode today with Tete to have a look at the town and their college because I’ll maybe start studying there next year.

Next weekend there is a Street Food Festival in Magdeburg which I am very excited about! We’ve been there every year and it’s so fun to try weird and typical food from all over the world.

I’m also going to host a going-away dinner with my family and the last weekend before I leave will be super crazy! We’ll celebrate the birthday of Tete and her boyfriend at Tete’s cottage where we’ve been in May this year the next day we’ll head to Leipzig to celebrate the new home of my friend Luisa that is doing a dance education there and on Sunday I’m going to make a brunch with my best friends to say goodbye to everyone and enjoy some time together before I leave.

On September 20th I’ll finally / sadly fly to Australia! On one hand, I can’t wait, on the other, I don’t want to go :D I’m already a bit nervous and so excited at the same time…

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I hope you had a wonderful August and are as excited as I am for the new month! What are your plans? What are you up to?