Schokoladenfestival Wernigerode, Food-Entdeckungen, Trip nach Leipzig // November Review

Jetzt wo ich mich meinem Studium wieder in einer Routine bin, dachte ich, ich würde wieder regelmäßig (und oft) dazu kommen Blogposts zu schreiben.

Leider, ist es dazu noch nicht so oft gekommen, wie ich mir wünschen würde, da ich nebenbei auch angefangen habe IGTV Videos zu drehen, viel auf Instagram mache und eigentlich auch mein YouTube wieder aufleben lassen will.

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Ach ja… und studieren tue ich ja auch! :D Da gibt es ebenfalls immer was zu tun bzw. zwinge ich mich bereits viel vorzuarbeiten, damit ich nicht kurz vor der Prüfungszeit anfange verrückt zu werden.

Meine monatliche Review will ich jetzt wieder starten, wie es sie bereits vor Australien gab und hier soll es um Erlebnisse, Gedanken, Empfehlungen & Produkte gehen, die mich über die letzten Wochen begleitet haben. Habt ihr da Lust drauf? Worauf soll ich mich speziell konzentrieren?

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Monthly Review

Ende Oktober habe ich über ein Wochenende meine beste Freundin in Leipzig besucht und wir hatten so eine schöne Zeit! Ich liebe Leipzig, den alternativen Vibe und die vielem Möglichkeiten wenn es um Veganismus, Nachhaltigkeit und Essen geht. Da kann Wernigerode und auch Magdeburg leider einfach nicht mithalten und deshalb bin ich umso glücklicher, dass meine beste Freundin dort studiert und ich sie regelmäßig besuchen kann und mit ihr die Stadt entdecken kann.

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Wir waren den ersten Abend im Zest Essen. Ein komplett pflanzliches und ziemlich fancy Restaurant. Die Karte wechselt alle 2 Monate und es gibt immer saisionale und frisch zubereitete Gerichte. Schon wenn man die Karte ließt hört man: das ist richtig cooles Zeug und dort kann man Sachen ausprobieren, die man sonst noch in keinem Restaurant gefunden hat – ich liebe das!

Am Samstag haben wir den Tag mit all den schönen Dingen verbracht, die wir beide lieben: Schlendern über einen lokalen Markt, Unverpackt-Laden-Shopping, Flohmarkt, Pflanzen-Shopping und Abends gab es selbstgemachte Burger.

Am Sonntag morgen hatten wir noch Zeit für ein gemütliches Frühstück im Dankbar mit leckerem Kaffee, vegane Joghurt & Granola Bowl, frischem Saft und herzhaftem Sandwich/Toast.

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Viel zu schnell war das Wochenende dann schon wieder vorbei und ich kann es kaum erwarten sie nächstes Wochenende endlich wieder zu Hause zu sehen. Bis dahin machen wir zweistündige Telefoncalls um uns auf den neusten Stand zu bringen, aber nichts geht über gemütliches Quatschen bei einer Tasse Kaffee.

In Magdeburg war ich bei einem Second-Hand Pop-Up Store & habe einige neue, gebrauchte Teile gekauft und dazu einen kleinen IGTV Haul gedreht und etwas über Second Hand Shopping philosophiert :)

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Zum langen Reformationstags-Wochenende war in meiner Wahlheimat Wernigerode wie jedes Jahr das berühmte Schokoladenfestival und natürlich – als absolute Schoko-Liebhaberin – musste ich dort einmal mit meinen Freundinnen und dann noch mal mit meinen Eltern durch die Gassen schlendern und ganz viel probieren.

Brookies – eine Neuentdeckung: Kekse die aber innen so weich sind wie Brownies, außen jedoch leicht knusprig wie Kekse. Unglaublich lecker! Vielleicht hatte ich jedoch ein paar zu viel :D Schoko-Kaffee gab es auch noch dazu: heißer Kakao mit einem Shot Espresso – richtig lecker!

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Mein Zimmer ist jetzt auch endlich fertig und ich bin so so glücklich und fühle mich total wohl hier! Würde euch eine Room-Tour als IGTV dazu gefallen?

Nach 1,5 Jahren habe ich mich auch mal wieder zum Friseur getraut und zum allerersten Mal meine Haare färben lassen. Ich wollte schon so lange ausprobieren sie durch Highlights etwas aufhellen zu lassen und bin so froh es endlich getan zu haben :) Meine Erfahrung dazu und all meine Tipps für gesunde lange Haare findest du in diesem Blogpost.

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Mit meinen Uni Mädels habe ich mich am letzten Sonntag zu einem „Bowl“ Abend getroffen. Wir haben ganz viel erzählt, uns noch mehr kennen gelernt und leckere Bowl mit Tofu, Reis, Quinoa, Linsen, Tomaten, Rote Beete, Mais, Avocado und Sesam gemacht und es war super lecker und richtig gesund für einen Kochabend mit Freunden! Danach gab es dann noch Kekse :P

Letztes Wochenende hatte ich dann zum ersten Mal eine Freundin zu Besuch. Tatjana habe ich in Australien kennen gelernt und seitdem sind wir so so gut befreundet. Es war richtig schön zwei Tage mit ihr zu verbringen und wir haben mehr oder weniger nur erzählt, gegessen und Kaffee getrunken :D This is what we do! Einen Spaziergang durch Wernigerode und zum Schloss haben wir natürlich auch unternommen aber die Zeit ging auch einfach viel zu schnell rum.

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Herbst im Wunderschönen Harz

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Auf Pamela Reif’s Empfehlung (auch ich kann ihrem hammer Marketing einfach nicht wiederstehen :D Immerhin habe ich noch nicht ihren ultra teuren Adventskalender gekauft) habe ich diese Santé Spülung gekauft und bin damit super zufrieden. Meine Friseurin meinte ich solle unbedingt darauf achten meine Haare gut zu pflegen, da dies bei gefärbten Haaren total wichtig ist und sie fühlen sich nach der Anwendung wirklich gut an.

Ich benutze die Spülung bei jedem Waschen (2x die Woche) in meinem kompletten Haar und lasse sie ca. 2 Minuten einwirken.

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Dieses Buch habe ich über die letzten zwei Monate gelesen und ich mag die Ansichten dieses Arztes total gerne und konnte unheimlich viel dazu lernen. Es geht um gesunde Ernährung und Lebensweise um Krankheiten zu vermeiden oder sogar zu Heilen.

Der Autor ist ein Verfechter von einer großteils pflanzlichen, nährstoffreichen und unverarbeiteten Ernährungsweise, dem Intervall- und Heilfasten und auch wenn ich mich mit diesen Themen bereits viel beschäftigt habe, gab es so einige neue Erkenntnisse und alles wird sehr ausführlich und wissenschaftlich begründet und mit vielen Studien hinterlegt.

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Veganz hat zur Weihnachtszeit so viele unglaublich lecker aussehende Produkte rausgebracht und auch wenn ich sie ziemlich teuer finde, musste ich diesen Spekulatius Bliss Ball probieren. Und (leider) muss ich sagen: er ist wirklich unglaublich gut! Und man kann sich ja einreden, dass es wenigstens gesund ist, wenn man sich was Süßes in der Weihnachtszeit gönnt :D

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Dieser Tee riecht einfach so so gut nach Bratapfel und passt für mich perfekt in die Herbst/Weihnachtszeit! Bio ist er auch und darauf versuche ich jetzt, wo ich selbst einkaufen gehe, fast immer.

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Diese Brotmischung von Rossmann habe ich ebenfalls diesen Monat ausprobiert und das Brot war richtig lecker! Es hatte eine richtig gute Kruste, ist voller Körner und aus richtig guten Zutaten (Haferflocken, Lein- und Chiasamen, Sonnenblumenkerne…), vegan & glutenfrei. Für 3€ hat man damit super schnell und einfach ein eigenes Brot gebacken!

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Pizza mit Dinkelwrap-Boden

Eine obsession diesen Monat war definitiv meine schnelle Pizza mit einem Dinkel Wrap als Boden. Die Wraps gab es vor kurzem bei Aldi Nord und ich habe sie einfach mit stückiger Tomatensauce, ganz vielen italienischen Gewürzen, Zucchini, Pilzen und getrockneten Tomaten im Ofen für ca. 12 Minuten gebacken und dann noch mit Hefeflocken und Rucola Salat getoppt. Super healthy und super lecker!

Ein weiteres Rezept IGTV ist ebenfalls auf meinem Instagram @mind.wanderer online gegangen für ein schnelles, gesundes Hirse Müsli aus der Pfanne.

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Ich hoffe ihr hattet ebenfalls einen schönen Monat und freut euch genauso wie ich bereits sehr auf die Weihnachtszeit und den Dezember!

 

Up North We Go! – Travelling the East Coast | Diary 009

After my cousin and I spend a wonderful week in the big city Sydney, it was time for us to drive through the countryside and explore some cute towns and cities up the east coast as we headed to Brisbane.

Unfortunately, we only had a week time to travel up north to Brisbane because my cousin only had three weeks of vacation in total, so we could only stay for one or two days at each place and had to minimise the stops.

That’s why I will probably travel this part of the East Coast once again myself and go to the places that we didn’t make it to this time.

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Sunday 4/11

Our one and only day in Port Macquarie started with pancakes for breakfast at Port Macquarie Backpackers. The hostel is super cute, very small and I really liked the relaxed and familiar atmosphere there.

We walked to the city centre, strolled through the streets and later on to the koala hospital. This is the highlight of Port Macquarie for sure and it is definitely worth to stop by.

At 3pm they do a free tour of the hospital where one of the volunteers tells a lot about the history of the hospital and its patients, how the koalas get treated, as well as some stories of already released patients.

It was super interesting and so nice to see koalas awake (they sleep about 20 hours per day, but at 3pm it is their meal time so they wake up) and very close, but without them being used as a show animal and to amuse tourists.

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Afterwards, we walked to the beach with the famous coloured stones and back to the hostel to eat and go to sleep early as we had to wake up in the middle of the night to catch our bus to go to Byron Bay.

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Monday 5/11

After trying to sleep half of the night in the bus we arrived in Byron Bay, had some struggles finding a place to store our bags for the day (because we couldn’t check in that early) and strolled through the city centre.

I really like Byron and its chilled, relaxed surfer vibes with cute little cafés, surf and bikini shops and stores with the cutes hippie chic fashion – I love it!

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In the afternoon we decided to do the lighthouse walk and started along the main beach, barefoot in the sand. Later, it got a bit steeper and it was super hot but we made it to the top and had an amazing view. I really want to do that walk once again for sunset as it must be magical lightning at that time!

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On that hike you also pass the most eastern point of the Australian main country and get to the famous lighthouse.

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On the way back you walk through a beautiful forest and see so many birds and plants.

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After the hike, we treated ourselves with some cake. I got a vegan chocolate berry cake and Lisa went for a berry cheesecake.

We checked into the best Airbnb we had on our whole trip. Super big, clean and calm.

 

 

I cooked some yummy cheesy vegan pasta. It only took me about 12 minutes and it’s healthy and delicious –  you can find the recipe and many more in my blog post on Quick, Cheap, Healthy & Vegan Dinner Recipes!

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From that day I got my first little sunburn ever :D I usually never get sunburned, but I probably didn’t apply sunscreen carefully enough. Luckily it didn’t hurt and was already gone after two days.

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In the morning Lisa and I worked out in the Airbnb together and had breakfast afterwards.

We went to Tallow beach that was just two streets away from our home and we were almost completely alone at that beach. It is not the main beach in Byron Bay and very long so it felt almost like we had the whole beach to ourselves. But it was also pretty windy which means it was sandy and after that beach day, we had sand EVERYWHERE.

 

In the late afternoon, we walked to the city and I met Steph again who I met on the Outback tour and I was so so happy to catch up with her and see her before she left to go home to Guatemala a few days later.

 

Wednesday 7/11

The next morning we had a few hours left in the city before we drove further north to Surfers Paradise.

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Surfers Paradise is part of the Gold Coast. A part of the east coast south of Brisbane that is very long and includes many cities without endings and beginnings of new cities – they all flow into each other.

 

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At least the view from our Airbnb was nice :D

We walked through the centre of Surfers Paradise, sat at the beach and later drove to our Airbnb by Uber. That Airbnb was the least nicest and I wouldn’t recommend it, but it was cheap so we survived the two nights there :D

We went grocery shopping at Coles, cooked dinner and enjoyed the wi-fi (a big advantage for Airbnbs! Their internet is always so much better than in the hostels).

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Thursday 8/11

We worked out again that morning and had a wonderful view for our daily breakfast: porridge, cooked with oats, cinnamon and water, with fruit and some nuts on top.

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Then we walked to the city which was another good workout (1h 15 min) and talked a lot which made it way shorter and more enjoyable. Because the weather wasn’t that great, we sadly couldn’t make a beach day on the Gold Coast…

For lunch we decided to eat very unhealthy that day because we wanted to (and we deserved it :D ) and we had Domino’s pizza. They have a 5$ deal here in Australia with a few of their pizzas and I tried their pizza and their vegan cheese for the first time – and it was great! If I ever crave pizza again, I’ll eat that one again.

And as a dessert we got the Churros from Dominos that were pretty good as well, but not as good as the ones from the Churro shops here.

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Even though that day wasn’t that exciting, we were super tired and exhausted from all the walking (and eating :D ).

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Next day we went to Brisbane and I’ll tell you all about our days in Brisbane in the next post!

The Most Livable City in the World?! One Week in SYDNEY | Diary 008

After a wonderful week in Bondi, I now had another week to fully experience Sydney together with my cousin that just arrived from Germany to visit me for three weeks and be my travel buddy.

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Sunday 28/10

Sadly, it wasn’t just Lisa’s first day in Down Under… it was also Meikes last day and I had to say goodbye to a wonderful travel mate, that I spend a lot of time with over the last month. Three days on the Great Ocean Road, one week in Adelaide and then we met again in Bondi.

But that’s also what makes travelling and backpacking so amazing! You meet so many great people and we will probably stay in touch forever and meet again for sure back in Germany!

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So it was our first day in Sydney and it kind of was a special feeling to walk through its streets – I mean it’s Sydney!

As you only pay 2,70$ for the whole Sunday on the Opal Card (a prepaid card you need, to use the public transport in Sydney – in Melbourne it’s called Myki) we decided to go to Manly by ferry to make the most of the cheap fare.

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The ferry drive was already a spectacular thing hence I really would recommend to take the ferry at least once from the Darling Harbour! We saw the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from the water as well as the city skyline and it was an amazing view!

 

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In Manly itself, we did the coastal walk along the shore which was truly beautiful and we saw so many colourful birds, flowers and lovely houses. Manly is really a great place to live in Sydney!

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We went to the main beach and there were markets and lots of the popular shops in the pedestrian precinct.

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For lunch we had super delicious sushi rolls with brown / black rice that I had for the first time and I completely fell for the black rice! It tastes so so good and I’ll for sure always eat that now when it’s available. It has so much more flavour (and it’s super healthy as well!).

We walked to Shelly beach as it’s meant to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney (I’m not sure if that’s really true tho :D )

 

Then we found these crazy Nutella filled Bombolinis and my cousin still declares them as the highlight of her whole vacation :D

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After 28.000 steps we were completely exhausted when we came back home in our little apartment back in Surry Hills, but it was a wonderful first day!

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Monday 29/10

On Monday we walked to the Royal Botanical Garden. There are so many different and beautiful parts and we probably didn’t even managed to see just half of them.

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From the Mrs Macquarie point, we had a stunning view over the city, the harbour and the Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the back.

It was crazy how many joggers were in the park and used their lunch break to run along the Botanical Garden – but I also have to say that this view even tops my running view in Bondi Beach!

 

 

We went to the Opera to see it from close up, but I have to say that it’s definitely more impressive from far away. We bought tickets for a behind the scenes ballet training for Spartacus and Cinderella which I was so so excited about! I really wished we would have been able to see one of them (or both) in a real performance, but sadly the tickets are super expensive…

For lunch, we had Sushi Hub (they sadly don’t have brown or black rice – you need to change that Sushi Hub!), which is always the cheapest and most delicious choice when it comes to eating out.

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Afterwards, we walked over the Harbour Bridge and had a great view over the Sydney Opera and the skyline of the city.

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Tuesday 30/10

Tuesday we went to Newtown and walked through the two big shopping streets there. I feel like you could compare Newtown to Fitzroy in Melbourne as both are very hipster and cool with a lot of vintage stores and many famous vegan restaurants, that I already knew from one of my YouTube favourites Bonny Rebecca, like Gigi’s pizzeria, Golden Lotus, Gelato Blue, Soul Burger and Lentils as Anything.

I really want to go back, to at least try one or two of them and have some more epic vegan food. Sydney hast (just like Melbourne) so many great options and places – I’m in heaven!

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For lunch, I took my cousin to Lentils as Anything as I was so so in love with it when I was there in Melbourne. We had yummy vegan food and the great thing about it is, that you only pay as much as you want to. But I have to admit that the food in Melbourne was much better when we ate there for dinner… but it was still good!

 

Later on, we shared a Macadamia Brownie that was amazing, as well as three scoops of super delicious ice cream! It’s sad that the ice cream is so freaking expensive here, but it is also so so good!

When we came back home we just cooked some food and chilled in bed as our feed were completely exhausted again from walking so much.

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Wednesday 31/10

On Wednesday we went to Paddy’s Market in Chinatown. They have a lot of souvenirs and other knick-knacks for very cheap prices but also fruits and veggies stalls that are super fresh, delicious and cheaper than in the supermarket.

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I also bought some nuts for my porridge in the morning (nuts are so so expensive here!) and some apricot and strawberry squares with shredded coconut (they are a bit similar to bliss balls but without the nuts and much cheaper – a great healthy treat that is not too expensive).

 

 

 

 

 

In the shopping centre above Paddy’s Market, they have an IGA supermarket that mostly sells Asian food so we had a look around and I for sure buy tofu, rice, rice pasta or soy sauce in Asian markets only in the future as it is so much cheaper!

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We bought some vegan Mango Ice Mochis that where made with coconut milk and they were so so delicious! I have never eaten Ice Mochis before and they were just amazing! If you don’t know what Mochis are: they are rice dough and filled with savoury or sweet stuff and in this case, they are filled with ice cream.

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Afterwards, we had a lunch salad at TheSandwichShop which was super good! They also had amazing looking sandwiches but I craved some greens!

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We walked past the Chinese Gardens and to the Darling Harbour into the city centre to stroll around the Queen Victoria Building and ended up at Jet- Bar Café where I’ve already been last week that have super yummy carrot cake for a fairly cheap price. Nevertheless, I tried their cheesecake which was amazing as well and as Lisa also loved the cake, it wasn’t the last time we went there!

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For dinner, we bought frozen Dumplings at the Asian supermarket as we never had them and wanted to change that. I got mixed veggie ones and mushroom, pack-choi ones and they were super delicious! They basically are Asian Ravioli / Tortellini :D

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Thursday 1/11

The Blue Mountains are located in the west of Sydney, only one-and-a-half-hour drive away from the city and very famous for the citizens as a near nature-hiking-weekend-place and for tourists because of the beautiful nature and the famous Three Sisters.

 

We booked a Sunset Tour to go a bit hiking, learn something about nature and the wildlife there, have some amazing views over the mountains and see the Three Sisters for sunset. It was a great tour, even though it was very short, but it was still worth it as we really wanted to see that place.

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Friday 2/11

On Friday I took my cousin to my favourite place in Sydney: Bondi Beach! We enjoyed the hot 37 degrees (Yep! It was HOT and it’s only spring :P ) at the beach with literally whole Sydney – it was so crowded!

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For lunch we had sandwiches at ‘Cali Press’ and I ate the yummy Avo Smash Toast.

 

We also had the best Ice Cream at Gelato Messina and strolled through the shops for a bit.

For dinner, we had poké bowls that were very delicious and healthy. As you can already tell, my cousin and I share the love for good food so we ate out and spend a lot of money on food when we were together those three weeks :P

 

Saturday 3/11

Saturday was our last day in Sydney for the moment and we went to the National Art Gallery of New South Wales which was great. I really enjoy going to museums here and there, even though I believe that you shouldn’t go to every sight and every museum as a tourist and better experience the city by walking through it and doing things that locals do.

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In the afternoon we took the Premier Hop-on-Hop-off Bus to drive north to Port Macquarie. The Premier buses are basically the same as the Greyhound buses, but they are cheaper and less travelled (because they are not that popular for backpackers).

We arrived late at night and went straight to bed the hostel we booked for two nights.


What an amazing week in Sydney! Have you ever been in this beautiful city? Do you want to go?