Hippy town on Australia´s east coast, Byron Bay !

After an incredible time in Sydney, my favorite city on earth, the time came to say, see you later and
there we went leaving our beloved "home" in Australia behind.
In case you are wondering, no we didn´t fly home, not yet. Leaving Sydney behind was sad, but because we knew we have an amazing trip planned up the East Coast, it wasn´t to sad. My friend and I went on our first ever Greyhound journey and I have to say it was quiet comfortable except for some miner, well..let´s talk about that later.
The first drive was from Sydney to Byron Bay overnight. We were super tired when we arrived, but luckily our hostel had a pick-up service who got all the people from the Coach station, showed them around in town and dropped them at the hostel. Our hostel was Backpackers Holiday Village and it was super fun to stay there. We had a little apartment with two other girls. The hostel has various different types of accommodation and as backpacker or student I would highly recommend to stay in a hostel, it makes it way easier to get to know new people.

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Byron Bay is a very small hippy like town. It is super relaxed and laid-back, totally different to Sydney. I found it quiet cute and there is always something going on. Maybe it is not the best place for a family vacation, but it is a great place for backpackers and students and I have to say there are lots of them.

We stayed here for about 4 days. A good amount of our time was spent at the beach or in surf and souvenir shops. Along the main roads are various different shops where you can buy beach stuff or souvenirs, often jewelry related. Although it is very easy to find a nice café to chill or a bar for a refreshing cocktail. Only be aware of all the "travel shop people" trying to sell you tours. We actually booked one tour. One afternoon we went on this amazing kayaking tour to see dolphins.  It was stunning! I believe the tour was about 1.5 hours long and we got to see so many dolphins, some came up really close to the kayaks. Afterwards we just run into the ocean and enjoyed life. It was almost like one of those perfect days.

Then on our last day we woke up super super early to see the sunrise from the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. I think you can´t leave Byron Bay without seeing the sunrise above the sea. The Lighthouse is a famous spot to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Unfortunately on the East Coast you can only see the sunrise above the sea, well it makes sense, but you have to get up early for it. Trust me, it is worth it. ;)

Another thing you shouldn´t miss out on in Byron is surfing. Now, I am a beginner in surfing, but it seems like it is a great spot for the watersport. Before we had to catch the greyhound to get to our next destination, we took two surfboards and just went for it. It was so much fun. We both absolutely loved it.( You don´t have to be a pro to enjoy surfing :)) I had two or three lessons in Sydney and fell in love with it.

If you have more time in Byron Bay you could fit in a day trip to Nimbin as well.

I hope you enjoyed today´s post, pin it for later! Let me know if you have more tips for Byron Bay!


Standing in a Hall of Fame

It´s been a while, I know, but I kind of have an explanation for that. I moved like 800km away from home and started with Uni which made up more of a challenge for me then I thought. I love travelling and except for that one time, I am not a huge homesickness person, but moving out is not travelling and homesickness hit me hard combined with Uni stress and not knowing anyone, it didn´t make up for a great combination, but really that is a story for another day.

Since I last wrote about Paris, I thought I need to continue that “story”. Check out my previous post about Paris, if you want to know about the whole trip.

Well the whole reason for that trip was a concert in London. I know what you may think, why do you travel to Paris in order to go to a concert in London, but to me it made perfect sense. I really wanted to visit Paris and I wanted to take the Eurostar for a long time, so perfect combination.

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The concert was by The Script and Ella Eyre. It was my second real concert and I probably would have never thought about going to a concert from The Script if a friend of mine wasn´t a fan. The only two songs I knew where Hall of Fame and Superheroes, which I absolutely love, but honestly I didn´t even realize they are from The Script, until she told me. Then she also showed me their new album Freedom Child. From that point on, I listened to their songs everywhere. I think they connect to the world how it is right now and there is a song for almost every feeling on the album. Did you listen to it yet?

The concert was at the O2 Arena and we were super lucky with our tickets. Our seats where the first once after the stage and  I can tell you it wasn´t the worst view. Ella was already singing when we came. She put the whole arena in a good mood while the excitement for the main act grew. The Script started with a spectacular intro in the middle of the arena. The whole show was pretty spectacular I thought, but not because of the special effects or lighting more because of how they interacted with the crowd, with their fans.  They even went into the crowd (like really into the crowd) to play some songs. It was amazing.

They gave me this special feeling of knowing how it is to go thru hard times and that it will be alright. That feeling that you can achieve everything you want to if you work hard enough for it. That feeling that everyone is special in their own way and we are all stars. That feeling of not letting anyone take your freedom. I believe “That” feeling was, what made the show and them as a band special. I am very thankful for that concert and that they always remind me hard times will turn into good times and only make you stronger. If you are feeling down I suggest you go and listen to one of their songs right now. Remember we are all going thru though times and it will get better. Don´t care to much about what others think about your behavior, your outfit, your interests…be yourself, it is alright and in the end you are going to stand in a hall of fame.

I hope you all have a fantastic start of the week, and remember you are special!!

Two days in Paris

I have been to NYC, I have been to Los Angeles and Australia, but until now I had never been to Paris, even though France is our neighbor country. I know, I kind of tend to travel to more far away places , hahaha. I decided this year I am going to change that and booked myself a flight to Paris.
Luckily one of my friends joined in. I had not seen her for over half a year which made it extra special meeting her in Paris.

However the first problem we faced was finding each other in the city. My friend came by train and I took a flight. It took us a while to figure out where would be the best place to meet and to find each other. Finally our first stop was a restaurant with yummy crepes and outdoor heating, so we could enjoy our meal outside. It was lovely to just sit there and talk while soaking in the surroundings. Afterwards we walked down to the river Seine. On our way we passed cute shops. beautiful side streets and a bakery where I tried my first Eclair, delicious!! I absolutely fell in love with all the beautiful buildings and the charming atmosphere.

Whilst it got dark, it also got super cold, but we were determined to not let the weather stop us from exploring. Luckily we kept on walking and got to see the Eiffel Tower lit up and in the end we were happy that we didn´t take the metro to the Arc de Triomphe. In search of food we wondered down the Champs-Elysees and ended up in five guys, yes five guys. I know it can´t get any more "unparisian", but by the time we ate it was 10 pm and we just didn´t care to be honest.

The following morning we woke up to the most beautiful weather. No single cloud and loads of sunshine. We started the day with a visit to the Eiffel Tower by daylight. I believe first we both thought the tower would be even higher, but as we started to get closer we changed our minds. It was totally stunning to stand in front of Paris number one emblem.

Afterwards we went to the Galeries Lafayette to watch a Fashionshow which I thought was a super fun idea. It was a small show to present mainly clothes they were also selling in the Galeries, but I really enjoyed it and can only recommend it (well unless you absolutely don´t care about fashion maybe). If you are interested you can order your tickets online in advance. The price for one ticket is 12€. In case you don´t fancy going to a Fashionshow, the Galeries have an amazing terrace as well from where you have an incredible view over the city including the Eiffel Tower of course. We stood outside for what felt like hours enjoying the sun and the view with a cafe au lait.
You could even see Sacre Coeur from the Galeries, but by the time we left it was almost dinner time. We set of for a quick stop at the Louvre before heading to our chosen restaurant. The Louvre was beautiful around that time of the day, the sun has just started to go down.

We really wanted to try a Falafel for dinner then, but as we arrived at the restaurant the place was closed which resulted in us eating pizza on our last night in Paris. Oh well, I guess we have to come back.:)

I think everyone should visit Paris at least once in their life. It is a beautiful city and definitely worth a trip.

Hope you all have a great start of the week!!