Chilling in Cairns

At the end of my internship my mother came to spend a little time with me in Australia. We decided to travel around Australia a bit ourselves before we went back home to the States.  One place I think everyone should have on their bucket list is the Great Barrier Reef.  I mean it’s incredible in every photo I’ve seen, and now since I am in Australia I know I have to make the trip up to Cairns to go see it.  So my mom picked me up from my lodging and off we went!

The flight was about 3 hours from Sydney to Cairns, which isn’t bad at all. Since I was there in the winter months the 80 degree weather in Cairns was a BIG difference from the 50-60 degree weather we had in Newcastle.  We spent our first day relaxing in the sun, getting to know the area we were staying in.  We were about a 20 minute walk from the Esplanade, which was so cool! So many restaurants and little places to stop and shop, and so many dogs!

I’m a lover of gardens and flowers so when I saw that there was a botanical gardens close by we had to go! Everything in the gardens were blooming and colorful, it just made you happy to be there.  There was also a greenhouse with butterflies everywhere, some that I had never even seen before! Even though it was a little bit too hot for me it was definitely worth the walk around. They even had their own rainforest and bamboo walk. Totally scenic for lots of photos.  We made it an early night because our boat for the Great Barrier Reef left pretty early in the morning.

I get sea sick very easily, so I had to wear a sea sickness patch that did work for me the most part of the trip.  The trip out to the reef was little over an hour on the boat, we snorkeled in two different locations and it had to have been one of the greatest things I’ve seen in my life! I mean so many colorful fish and coral, I even saw a reef shark! I even saw a little nemo in his home too. It was a great experience and if you ever are in Australia this has to be one of the top things that you do!

One other little trip my mom and I went on while in Cairns is taking a ride to Paronella Park.  The Park houses a so called ‘castle’ built by a man who had been poor his whole life, but had a dream to build himself a castle.  He worked hard, and was able to make his dream a reality.  The park is beautiful, even though some of it is in ruins from a hurricane. We were able to see the park in both day and night, which gave us a lot of different views. By the end of the night we were stargazing and even able to see the milky way! Absolutely incredible!

We also spent a lot of time admiring the trees and drinking beer, I mean we are on vacation right!? The food was excellent everywhere we went, and the outdoor seating couldn’t have gotten better. Cairns was a great experience, relaxing and tropical area.  There’s also so much more to do in the surrounding areas we didn’t even get the chance to see half of what is available. I will definitely be going back whenever I get the chance!

Cheers,

Hannah

Final Days in Newcastle

As the internship was crawling to an end, my anxiety began to take over.  ‘What do you mean it was already time to go home, I just got here!’ I was overwhelmed at the fact that time went so fast and I didn’t get to do everything that I wanted to complete.  The girls and I made the most of our final days, refusing to spending weeknights indoors, and

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going out and exploring the city.  We ate at amazing restaurants on the water, took paths we normally didn’t travel on, and just spent time appreciating where we are.  We found this place that had the most amazing Acai bowls, so much fruit and flavor packed into one little bowl I couldn’t even eat it all it was too good! If you’re in Newcastle and you get the chance, go find this little gem on Darby St. called the W.I.A store, not only do they have acai bowls but cute tee’s as well.  I made the promise to myself as well that I would get a tattoo while I was there. To me tattoo’s don’t need to have a deep meaning all the time, it may just be something you want on your body to express yourself.  The tattoo I got does have a meaning to me, yet I know it will be too hard to explain to so many people, so I’ll let them think what they want about it.

Our last days we were also able to attend a local rugby game for the Newcastle Knights.  Personally I was still a bit shaky on the understanding of the game, but it was still really awesome to be a part of the atmosphere.

Newcastle became my home for 2 months and I was so grateful to have experienced my time there with such amazing people.  I will be going back to visit very soon.  The city is wonderful, the beaches are beautiful, the people are so nice, and there is just so much to explore. I can’t wait to go back.

 

Cheers,

Hannah

Newcastle is Sweet

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a massive sweet tooth! Just about everyday I’m craving something sweet to sink my teeth into. Now that I’m off in college & traveling abroad at the moment, I dabble in the occasional, sweets for breakfast, because I’m an adult now & I can have whatever I want, right?! I’m going to tell you about three of my favourite treats I’ve had in Newcastle so far!

Newcastle has definitely came in clutch with their various sweet treats around town. One of the first treats I’ve tried in town are donuts from a local bakery named Doughheads. First off, walking down the street I could smell the bakery from the top of the road! I wasn’t even initially planning on going in there but the smell was so captivating, I was like one of those cartoon characters floating towards that freshly baked pie on the windowsill.  I choose two donuts for takeaway, & it was one of the biggest challenges not to dig in right on the bus. I bought a Nutella stuffed donut as well as a peanut butter and pretzel donut for my roommate & I to share. The dough was so fluffy & light, & the toppings were just perfect! Just make sure you have a glass of milk ready to wash it down!

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Check out Doughheads website here!

The next stop is to a little cuban restaurant in Charlestown Square named Coco CubanoMy roommate & I were in need of a quick meal before we continued shopping. Something caught our eye, & we just couldn’t resist.  I know this isn’t quite a dessert, but it was totally a treat! We each ordered a Frose, or a frozen rose. Let me just say, it had to be one of the best drinks I’ve had, the alcohol wasn’t too overpowering & it had the perfect amount of sweetness, just get ready for a brain freeze here & there! 

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Check out Coco Cubano’s instagram here!

Last, but definetly not least is the ‘Freakshakes’ from The Depot.  The Depot is located on Darby Street in Newcastle.  They offer these crazy milkshakes, I mean they’re insane! Toppings piled high, you just can’t miss out on them. I suggest making this a meal in itself because you will be rather full after, & you might be thinking, “but Hannah, that’s just sugar”! Well you’re right, it is all sugar, but I never said I was a health blog, & this post isn’t about veggies.  I choose the cookies and cream freakshake, which included a cookie bowl with cookies and cream icecream ontop of the shake itself. While my friend choose the churros freakshake, which included many churros and tons of whipped cream ontop.

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Check out The Depots instagram here!

Also check out my roommate Molly’s instagram to see all of her photos of the sweet treats: @molly.mcqueary 

Hope you’re day is as sweet as all these treats!

Cheers,

Hannah

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