Quickie Travel Update!

Hello hello!

I wanted to check in and fill in anyone who is actually curious about my Australia adventures thus far. I landed here 2.5 weeks ago and have since visited: Melbourne, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, Sydney, Alice Springs, and Uluru. Yeah, just a few places. Since landing, I have: gotten a stellar sunburn, eaten too many Tim Tams, met one of my best friends from tumblr in real life, reunited with my sister (who has been studying here since January), reunited with my Melbourne friends, pushed myself to be a little more adventurous, and made a handful of friends from all over the globe. My bucket list is getting its ass kicked and I’m SO pumped about it.

I’ve only got about 9 days left and they’ll be spent between Melbourne and Sydney. Currently, I’m writing from Melbourne and I’m just about the happiest I’ve been in a long time. Never have I ever felt a connection with a city (aside from sweet home Chicago) the way I do with Melbourne. Second home without a second thought.

Yesterday, I had a free day to spend by myself in Melbourne’s CBD. As soon as I got off the train at Flinders St. Station and walked outside, I had a “catch my breath” moment in the most literal way– being back, seeing a familiar landscape, and knowing exactly where I was/where I wanted to head– beyond amazing feeling. Even more amazing feeling? Writing/reading in cafes all afternoon. Ok, I’ll leave you with that for now. It’s late and I have lots of adventures to cram in over the next week and a half.

TL;DR… Destination Australia: Part Two has been amazing and leaving this time around might be even more difficult than the first time. And the next visit will be a semi-permanent one. 

Now Playing: March 2014 Edition

March was a bit of a whirlwind for me, what with my endless travel planning… but that doesn’t mean I didn’t build up an awesome playlist to keep me keeping on (thanks, Travie McCoy). I have a few new Indie finds (The Zolas & Phantogram), a new Alternative favorite (seriously what took me so long to check out Twenty One Pilots), some simply pretty tracks (OK Sweetheart, Christina Perri, Bastille), new favorites from the Divergent soundtrack (Woodkid & Ellie Goulding), a few pump-me-up tracks (Bleachers, Olly Murs, Travie McCoy), and a handful of others genres scattered throughout. I can’t get enough of these 19 songs right now and I hope you shuffle things up and find some new favorites of your own!

Have a listen and let me know: what are you guys listening to this month?

The Zolas – You’re Too Cool
Phantogram – Fall In Love
There For Tomorrow – Dark Purple Sky
Twenty One Pilots – Ode To Sleep
Twenty One Pilots – Screen
Twenty One Pilots – Truce
Skylar Grey – Coming Home – Part II
John Butler Trio – Ocean (Live)
Typhoon – Young Fathers
Ok Sweetheart – All We Have
Christina Perri – human
Bastille – The Draw
Ben Rector – When I’m With You
Woodkid – Run Boy Run
Ellie Goulding – Dead In The Water
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
Olly Murs – Dance with Me Tonight
Travie McCoy – Keep On Keeping On (feat. Brendon Urie)