Posts Tagged ‘Surfer’s Paradise’


Emma: overdue Easter break post

April 16, 2010

Well here goes nothing! Prepare now to dive into what has by far been the best week of my life. Never did I expect to have such an amazing break and meet so many life long friends.

Surfers Paradise

Straight away we met some people from Wollongong who were staying the floor above us. Since they had been to Surfers before, we figured it may be a wise decision to see if they would show us around. First night there we ventured out into the nightlife that Surfers had to offer. The Gold Coast is like Australia’s Florida so it’s full of spring breakers, night clubs, and you guessed it more night clubs.

Our first night there we also went for a night swim in the ocean…best time of my life! The waves were HUGE, The rip was incredible but we all made it out alive with huge smiles on our faces.

On Easter Sunday we woke up early (after being super confused about day light savings time) and went to a local church “Surf City,” expecting it to be a beautiful Easter service filled with singing and flowers. Well it turns out we were completely wrong and ended up leaving half way through. Yes I know that is horrible especially on Easter, but it was just not our scene and was way over the top. And to make matters worse, there was no singing or flowers. So instead we walked along the beach said a prayer to ourselves and got a huge Easter Brunch right along the beach. It turned out to be a great day exchanging Easter Baskets, playing in the ocean, laying out, and soaking up the sun.

Byron Bay

When we got off the Greyhound in Byron Bay I fell in love immediately! It is a small beach town where basically all people do is surf, eat, sleep, love life, and live the dream on repeat everyday of the year. It is so chill and laid back.

We then trekked up to The Cape Byron Light House for the afternoon. Along the hike we saw dolphins, surfers, beaches, more surfers, and finally made it to the Eastern most point of the Australian mainland! So cool to say that I stood on the Eastern most point! Even after being here for 2 months I still get butterflies when I see how beautiful this country truly is.

That night we were tired from traveling and knew we would have a big day the next day so we hit the sack early to catch up on some sleep. The next day we went on a day trip to Nimbin. Early that morning after a breakfast of chai tea and the best walnut cinnamon apple muffin I have ever eaten in my life, “The Happy Bus” pulled up in front of our hostel. This old hippy bus would be our transportation for the day and man was it a bumpy ride. After driving down dirt roads through the rainforest, seeing koalas along the way, and making a pit stop at Minyon Falls, we finally arrived in Nimbin. Not much can describe this place besides the two words Peace and Love. Yes, there are hippies everywhere, peace signs, Bob Marley, the smell of marijuana, and not much more. It was a quick in and out and that was enough for me.

After an interesting day in Nimbin, we travelled back to Byron Bay where we made dinner and mingled with the others staying at our hostel. This is the night that I fell in the love with the backpacking culture because you honestly meet so many amazing people from all over the world. The girls and I played some card games with two British boys James and Tim, a guy from Denmark Michelle, and a guy from Orlando, FL, Tyler. It was a fun night getting to know others in the hostel and checking out the nightlife in Byron.

The next day which was supposed to be our last, we beached it all day. As I laid on the beach I seriously thought about how I never wanted to leave Byron Bay. Later that afternoon when we were supposed to be getting ready to board out bus to Brisbane, Betsy and I looked at each other and said we didn’t want to leave just yet. So what do we do? Yep you guessed it: be spontaneous and change our bus ticket for the following day. At this point we didn’t know if this was going to be a wise decision but later we found out it would be by far the best decision of our lives. Read the rest of this entry ?


Arianna: It’s Been How Long!?

August 11, 2009


Okay, I admit it. I’ve been slackin’. I promise it was just an odd, temporary distracted stage, and I am 100% back on track now. It honestly feels really good to be writing in here again. I’ve missed it.

So, what has happened in the past week? Well, let’s see…

  1. I wandered aimlessly around Surfer’s Paradise late last week trying to find the beach due to a premature exit off of the bus. It was my first solo adventure to the big blue sea and I will admit I had no idea where I was going and just followed where the crowd seemed to get off. Whoops. In the end, it all worked out as I knew it would. I popped my head in and out of a few ritzy stores with designer clothes, looked at them pretending I had enough money to afford them, and eventually after a few blocks stumbled upon the beach. And it was nothing short of amazing.
  2. That very same day, I got on the wrong bus and ended up being transported an hour in the wrong direction of my apartment. Whoops #II. Although this time it was NOT out of stupidity, it was simply because I read the number wrong on the bus. I needed to catch the 709, and misread the 703 as 709. As everyone started shuffling off of the bus at what appeared to be the final stop and I was still sitting in my seat, I had a feeling I had made another uh-oh. Thankfully the bus driver, Oliver, was extremely kind and even though he was out of service, he took me to Australia Fair and helped me find my way back. At first I was spazzing out, scared he was going to attack me or rape me or chop me up into little pieces (thanks Mom), but all went well. I felt like the biggest idiot in the world but he still made me laugh and we actually ended up having a good chat. There is something to be said about chance encounters. I am keeping my fingers crossed I will get to see him again before I leave to thank him properly, sans the stutters and mumbles from babbling like an idiot due to embarrassment.
  3. I was almost attacked by a Cockatoo during my run. I’d rather not discuss this in detail; I am still a bit shaken up from the whole ordeal.
  4. I slept with ear plugs in. Yes, you know, the ear plugs you use on a lawn mower or while using a chain saw? Yes, I used them. To sleep.
  5. I went to a Yoga class. I haven’t decided if I like it or not. I am pretty sure I looked like an idiot attempting to gracefully contort my body into obscure and almost inhuman ways but overall I was semi-successful. Admittedly, I was a bit distracted by my lack of grace as I tried to mimic the instructor—if I had to compare it to anything I would probably ask you to picture Michael from the Office attempting yoga and let your mind guide you from there—but I have to say, in the end I definitely think it was worth it.

I know I am forgetting something, but for now, I think that brings you up to pace with what has been going on in my world. Classes are good—lots and lots of reading (and by lots I mean 20–30pgs of reading each week for each class)—but for the most part I have found it quite stimulating. Everyday poses a new challenge for me – as fun as this experience is, it is not always easy. I have learned quickly that problems will follow you no matter where you go. There is no such thing as running away… I am the same person here as I was back home in the states and therefore struggle with some of the same things I struggled with back home. I know a part of me was/is surprised about that, but I think in realizing that fact is helping me to become a stronger person and more honest person about who I am and who I want to be. And I think that’s a good thing.

I send my love to you all and really hope everything is going well…. Someone tell me something interesting/funny/exciting that has happened to them the past week, please? I’m sick of doing all the talking!!!!

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