Getting away in my own backyard: The South West

  Since my return home two months ago, my wanderlust has not slowed, slackened or subsided in the slightest.  I have been restricted in my travels thanks to my pitiful bank account and uni commitments limiting my time. So I have … Continue reading

Caving under the streets of Budapest

One of the highlights of Budapest is literally an underground secret… the Pál-völgyi Caves.  After three days of strolling around yet another grand, centuries old European city (as fascinating and beautiful as they are), I was ready to escape the busy … Continue reading

Australian Slang that should never leave the country

I’ve collected a list of Australian slang words to avoid when travelling through Europe.  All words have been learnt from very awkward personal experiences: Mozzies/Sunnies Or pretty much any word we’ve shortened and added ‘ies’ to the end of… which … Continue reading

Reminiscing on autumn hikes

After a month of traveling Europe with my family for Christmas and the rest of the silly season, I returned to Graz for a few days.  I was disappointed to see the beautiful, heavily vegetated mountain range near my flat … Continue reading

Dogs of the Slovenian Coast

 I thought the Austrians loved their dogs, but it seems it is the whole of Europe!   I saw so many beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes during my time on the Slovenian coast. Locals and visiting pooches – yes, … Continue reading

Spontaneous Solo Slovenja Weekend

The majority of my weekend on the Slovenian coat was spent walking from town to town along the busy shoreline.  Stretching just 40 kilometres, Slovenia’s coastline is basically a long line of ports so close together they could easily connect … Continue reading

New Species of Dolphin Found in Australia

Article from National Geographic: New Species of Dolphin Found in Australia These funny-looking, recently discovered dolphins, remind me of Jop, my adopted dolphin from Veli Losinj: Left:  Jop, the deformed bottle-nose dolphin swimming with other bottle-nose dolphin near Losinj, Croatia … Continue reading

Whale Week

Untimely Breath

With the cultural phenomenon of Shark Week fast approaching and the anterior hysteria over its occurrence reaching an all-time high, I would like to bring everyone’s attention to a wonderful event too often overshadowed during this time:  Whale Week. Every year, the week prior to Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is Discovery Channel’s Whale Week. However, Whale Week often finds itself forgotten amidst the overwhelming precedent hype of Shark Week. This should not be the case. Really, there is no logical explanation for this neglect to be a reality. Whales are just as cool if not cooler than the sharks that everyone has become obsessively enamored with. If sharks are the aggro bullies of the sea, then whales are the gentle Samaritans. I’m perplexed as to why people have related more to these brutish monsters than to the kindly wha-…….Wait. Nope. Never mind. I get it.

Regardless, more people should be…

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My 20th Birthday

Unfortunately my birthday was not the dolphin filled day I had expected.  As it was the leaving day of the program , it was not a working day and even if it had been the broken camera would’ve prevented us … Continue reading