The Great Ocean Road Tour | Diary 004

The three days on the Great Ocean Road where an amazing experience with the best views, picture spots, lovely people, good music on the road and delicious food!

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Friday 5/10

My Friday started the earliest I ever woke up in Australia as I had to check out, grab all my belongings and walk 2km to the pickup point where my Great Ocean Road Tour with groovygrapetours started. It was pretty hard to walk for half an hour with my big backpack and my small backpack in the front and I probably couldn’t have walked for much longer as my shoulders were itching, but I made it and it was beautiful to walk through the city that early.

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On our tour, there were only eight people, all girls and five of them from Germany, two from Great Britain and one American girl. We were a pretty cool group and some of the girls love photography as well which is awesome! The American girl is even a Freelance photographer and pretty known on Instagram (@lizaherlands_). She takes manly New York, interior and food pictures and I really like her and it was super interesting to talk to her and learn a few things.

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After getting out of Melbourne the famous Ocean Drive started and we had such a wonderful view over the sea. We were super lucky with the weather as well, only a few clouds, lots of sunshine and not that much wind.

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We enjoyed the beautiful coastal drive, stopped for many viewpoints and “Insta-time’ – stops as our guide called the photo stops :D

Followed by lunch with a view over the ocean and a beach walk afterwards. We had wraps with lots of fresh greens and veggies and I was completely impressed by how much fresh food we got over the whole tour. I never ever expected the food to be this good!

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In the afternoon we stopped by a rainforest and walked through it and I really felt like in another world. Huge trees, fronds, all green and beautiful silence and bird noises.

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On time for sunset we made it to the most famous stop on the GOR – the twelve apostles. And we had a blast watching the sun drowning in the ocean water and the stones, sky and water changing colours. It was truly one of the most beautiful spectacles I ever watched in my entire life… have a look yourself:

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After this adventurous day, we had lots of pizza for dinner and fell asleep immediately.

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Saturday 6/10

Day two started early which a big breakfast (tour breakfast consists of toast, jam, chocolate spread, peanut butter, muesli & cornflakes, yoghurt and milk – I asked for vegan milk in advance which is no problem at all) to be fit for more viewpoints and looksouts.

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The Ocean Road was complete, so we had a wonderful view over sheep and cow fields, little mountains and the hinterland.

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Our tour guide luckily knew the best spot to see kangaroos very close and it was so cute to watch them eating grass. Some even had babies that looked out of their mom’s pouch.

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Afterwards we visited the Aboriginal Cultural Centre of this area and drove further to a Tower Hill National Park where we saw our first koala sleeping in the tree.

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For lunch we had a burger BBQ at a public BBQ place (which is very common in Australia). I ate a burger salad which was delicious!

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Afterwards we hiked to the McKenzie Waterfall and ended our day with cooking together in our lovely cabin we stayed for the night. We had pasta with (veggie) Bolognese and roasted oven zucchini.

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Sunday 7/10

Sunday started with a very early but beautiful morning hike. I really enjoy that you go on hikes together on the tours because I love hiking and walking in nature and it is a welcome change to the sitting on the bus a lot.

The view over the mountain ranges was beautiful and it is great that you get up super early on the tours and be the first one at the lookouts, because travelling alone/privately it is very difficult to motivate yourself to get up so early.

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On day three we had a lot of driving to do and only two lookouts over the mountain ranges and at a pink lake. This was the first time for me seeing one and it is kinda funny.

For our last lunch, we had leftovers and took a long nap on our way to Adelaide.

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As a group, we decided to meet again in the afternoon at 48 flavours in Adelaide that our tour guide recommended. This Ice Cream place is worldwide known as it created the best ice cream flavour of 2017: Gorgonzola, Fig, Walnut. Sounds weird but tastes amazing. They also have lots of vegan flavours and I tested their peanut butter soy which was super creamy and delicious!

In my next Diary blog post I’ll tell you more about my time in Adelaide!

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*Disclaimer! Just to clarify that: I got a discount for my tour with groovygrapetours, but I am obviously still 100% honest with all my reviews and thoughts!

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Last Days in Melbourne & Saying Goodbye to my first Friends here | Diary 004

Monday 1/10

The first day of October started very slow. I really needed some sleep after the weekend and so I had breakfast at the hostel, worked on my laptop, wrote blog posts, chatted, watched a movie and later strolled a bit though Brunswick Street as Sabrina had some things to do there. I spotted so many cafés and bistros that I would like to go… there is soo much to discover and try in Fitzroy.

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In the evening we walked to ‘Lentils as Anything’ in Abbotsford (about 30 minutes from our hostel in Fitzroy) the most awesome vegan restaurant! They are a chain with 6 locals in Melbourne and one in Sydney who are runned by volunteers. They have an all vegan buffet for lunch and 4 meals for dinner that vary every day. You eat whatever you want and pay whatever you think it was worth it. With 15$ you cover 2 main dishes and dessert – which is super cheap for eating out, vegan, amazingly delicious food! I am for sure going back!

We tried all the dishes they had that day and they were all amazing. I couldn’t decide which was my favourite as they were all unbelievable yummy! (You can find out what we ate there in my next What I Eat in a Day)

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Tuesday 2/10

Tuesday was the last full day with our Aussie friends. We woke up early to watch the sunrise from the rooftop of our hostel. Sadly, it was very cloudy and you couldn’t see much of the pretty sunrise colours.

Afterwards I went for a run in the park nearby and did a little workout and stretching afterwards and it felt so good! This was my first workout in Australia and I could feel that my body really missed the moving and sweating in the morning and I’ll try to do that more often from now on. But it is hard sometimes while travelling…

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For Lunch, James (one of the Aussie’s) persuaded Sabrina and me to go out and have Asian food on Brunswick Street. Originally I didn’t want to go out for food that often, as it is much more expensive than cooking in the hostel, but it is also so much fun to have yummy food with friends (especially when they eat vegan as well) and there are soo many awesome vegan places to eat in Melbourne…

I had a vegan noodle salad bowl with tofu which tasted great & healthy as well.

Afterwards we had to run some errands (get our Australian bank cards). In the afternoon it was soup night at our hostel and we ate carrot soup before going to a pub for a trivia night, which was a lot of fun and ice cream (apparently the best in town) afterwards. I got vegan coconut and chocolate which was the best combination ever!

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Wednesday 3/10

On Wednesday Sabrina and I had to say goodbye to our friends and spend the day exploring East Brunswick which was kinda boring and I was super tired afterwards from all the walking. We found an amazing Vintage store that sells hundreds of vintage Levis’s and I already know that I have to come back to Melbourne with an empty suitcase and shop in all the amazing thrift and vintage shops! :D

Because we slept in we didn’t ate breakfast and started right away with a yummy veggie Bolognese pasta and for dinner we had some left Bolognese with lots of spinach and hummus in a wrap. You will find the recipes to these amazing meals in my next What I Eat in a Day!

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Thursday 4/10

Thursday was my last day in Melbourne for now (I’ll go back hopefully!) and I still haven’t made it to St. Kilda! I always wanted to go but delayed it every time because I wanted to do different things first :D So sadly the weather wasn’t that nice but I went anyways and I’ll probably go back in a few weeks when the weather is better.

Originally, I planned to do a free walking tour, like I did in the Melbourne city centre, but I missed the group or nobody was there – I don’t know. So I walked through the streets on my own, found some cute cafés and a bulk store that I had to check out obviously.

Afterwards, I went to the Botanical Garden and sat down to eat, read and enjoy my time alone.

On my way to the beach, I found a very special place: Veg Out Community Garden. An urban garden where people have small spaces to plant their own flowers and veggies and it was so beautiful there, I really fell in love with this place!

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Because the weather wasn’t great, very grey, windy and cold, I decided to just walk past the beach and the pier to get to my tram station and drive back home.


That’s it for my time in Melbourne! I really fell in love with the city and enjoyed the 2,5 weeks a lot – now I’m off to the Great Ocean Road!

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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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?