Home Sweet Home

So far, this blog seems to be even worse than the various diaries I tried to keep as a child! Life decided to get a tad bit complicated and intense for a while, and any thoughts about the blog I had hoped to start were pushed to the very back of my mind. Over the last few months, things have become more stable than they have been in quite a while, and I have started to think of possible blog posts. Following my favourite blogs and seeing the wonderful things they have been up to lately has inspired me, and I am ready to give this another shot!

Recently I got the chance to go home for the mid-year holiday, and I had an absolutely wonderful time. I thought a recap of my adventures back home would be a wonderful way to get this blog started again, as it would provide a little bit of information about where I grew up, and about the things I love to do when I don’t have to worry about exams, assignments, and all the fun that comes with being a university student! The photos in this post are some of favourites from my trip home. Most were taken on my phone (excuse the less-than-perfect quality), while the others were taken on my camera, a Canon EOSM. My camera is my baby, but I am still in the very early stages of learning how to use it. If anyone can recommend some good online tutorials and/or guides to photography, they would be much appreciated!

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For me, home is, and I suspect always will be, Darwin. Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia, and in my opinion is one of the best places on earth! It has a wonderful lifestyle, incredible weather, picture-perfect views in every direction, and an endless litany of incredible restaurants and cafes. One of my favourite parts of being home (apart from the people, of course) was the food. I got the chance to go to all of the places I love in Darwin, and basically spent the two and a half weeks eating! One of my favourite parts about eating out in Darwin is the fact that almost every place you eat has an incredible view, and I couldn’t resist posting a photo (or two…or ten) on Instagram!

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As well as eating insane amounts of delicious food, I also spent a lot of time exploring and doing some of the touristy-things that I haven’t done in years. My holidays were strangely timed, and many of my friends were still at uni or travelling while I was home. I was determined not to be bored, so mum and I went on a number of adventured, exploring and enjoying the weather. It was so nice to be warm again, and to wear all of the summer clothes that have been sitting so forlornly in my wardrobe. I even got a tan! One of my favourite days was spent at Crocodylus Park, a crocodile park/animal park. We got to see some adorable animals, and I made friends with a Pink Galah named Alfie. He was absolutely adorable, and would push his head against his cage to request scratches from anyone who came to say hello. I think I fell a little bit in love! I also spent a lot of time at East Point, one of the many incredible coastal areas where you can enjoy truly amazing sunsets. I even organised a little sunset picnic with my boyfriend, with non alcoholic bubbles to drink as we watched the sun go down. We got attacked by mosquitos and had to make a hasty retreat after we had finished dinner, but it was still very much worth it!

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One of my favourite parts of being home was going camping. When I was younger, I would go camping with my family at least once a year, and some of my favourite childhood memories involve tents and campfires. This camping trip was as good as any of the others I have been on, and I had been looking forward to it for months. I feel the need to admit that we don’t rough it when we go camping – we never pack light, and one of the most important parts of our camping trips is the food. Food cooked over a campfire always tastes amazing, and we had a near never-ending supply! We spent four wonderful days basking in the sun, reading books, exploring incredible hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems, and generally just being relaxed and calm. I feel like the water and sun somehow got rid of a lot of the stress that had built up during the 18 weeks of uni, and I even managed to develop a slight tan, despite my constant applications of SPF50+ sunscreen! Darwin really is an incredibly beautiful place, and being in the sun and the warmth was wonderful – I most definitely did not want to come back to cold and dreary Melbourne!

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All in all, my trip home was amazing. Looking through my photos while writing this post has made me incredibly homesick, and has made the Melbourne weather seem even worse! Luckily, I will be returning home in a few short weeks for a close friends wedding (I am a bridesmaid!). Until then, I will just have to survive on memories of the warmth as I rug up in my favourite coat and resolutely refuse to admit that I am cold! I hope that you are all warmer than I am (wherever you may be), and that you are enjoying your holidays (if like me you are a uni student). Bring on Semester 2 at a new hospital, with new doctors, new patients, and new creative ways of keeping myself warm!

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