Week 13: Changing

This is my last full day in Byron Bay, and as I collect my gear and ration my food I am surprised at how different I feel. I am empowered and softer, I feel really great about the free latte and Mars bar I ate. every. single. day.

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Week 11: New Year, Say “Yes”

HAPPY 2018!!! I’ve started to settle into hostel life and even find it enjoyable most of the time. Judit and I have said our goodbyes (insert tears and a heartfelt farewell speech about how she has been a huge highlight during my trip, and I’m so grateful for her genuine friendship, laughter, and impressive ability…

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Week 10: So this is Christmas

Wow, what a turn around from last week! I left the farm, not knowing my plans past that evening, but ended up getting a job at the hostel I was staying at. Whoop! I also helped a woman who was remodeling her house by putting insulation in the attic and laying sod in her backyard.…

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Week 9: Strugglebussing

What a difficult week. I’m over it. I said goodbye to Judit, and stayed on the farm to continue pulling those damn weeds. May I just say, it was not nearly as fun without her. Remember that python I showed you last week? Well, I found it as I was pulling weeds in a deep…

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Week 8: Hinterland

When Owen (the calm, kind, mountain man who supervises us) came and asked if we wanted to see a snake (in about the same tone as one would invite someone else to look at a pile of dirt) I thought, “Sure, I haven’t seen a snake in Australia yet.” We followed him to the garden and then boom!

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Week 7: Transitions

This week has been full of changes and adjusting to new circumstances. We said goodbye to Sanctuary and traveled up north to a town called Cairns (party!!). Three days was enough. Also, getting to know one another in a new environment can be challenging. Suddenly, you are out of the routine and familiarity of where…

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Week 6: Snorkeling and Goodbyes

It’s happening. We’re leaving. Cue the tears, travel itineraries, and new adventures. I have been at Sanctuary Retreat for one month and it has been (mostly) lovely. Summer is coming to Queensland and with it rain and thunderstorms. So, we are saying goodbye to this jungle paradise and heading south to more temperate weather. I’m…

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Week 5: Waterfalls

We went to Josephine Falls which is about an hour North of Mission Beach, and it was everything that I want in life. But seriously, I’m barely joking.

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Week 4: My Lovelies

So, this may sound crazy, but I’m a little bored. Last week, I felt the need to settle down, but this week I am restless. This could be due to the constant rain and lack of car, but I’m ready to go on a wild adventure. Then I remind myself that this is my wild…

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Week 3: Retreat

I’m staying at this place that has huts and rainforest and beaches, and I’m a little sad I’m missing the snow at home. It’s been three weeks and this place is glorious, but I’m tired of moving around. I’m ready to settle and be good at something. It’s taxing for me to keep learning new…

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