Wanaka.

Wanaka, New Zealand.

That city will always hold a special place in my heart for indescribable reasons. It’s one of the places you go, never expecting anything from and you unexpectedly fall in love with its character and the people you meet there. If you’re ever in Wanaka take a stroll around for me.

Also, take a dip in the lake and swim to the dock in the middle of the night. It’ll be chilly but it’ll be worth it. The star gazing is unbelievable.

On another less cheesy note, there’s a number of hikes near there. We did the one leading to Rob Roy glacier which isn’t as popular as some other ones. However, we got to witness one of the most epic landscapes I have ever had the pleasure of taking in.  We were lucky enough to even witness an avalanche occur from our (very safe) spot at the base of the mountain.  Such an epic site.

Originally we’d only planned on staying one day here, but because we were essentially taking our travel plans day by day we were able to stay an extra night in this wonderful town.

Travel tip: Booking hostels daily is great for flexibility, just make sure you do it as soon as you know your plans otherwise you might get stuck without a hostel, or one a few km out of town!

Ps. Check out my travel video I made while road tripping around New Zealand

Paula Xx

Melbourne, AUS

So where else to begin, but of course Melbourne, Australia. My Home for a big part of 2016 and a place that will always hold a special place in my heart. So for those of you living under a rock and don’t know where good ol’ Melbs is on a map, it’s in the very most south eastern point of Aus. However, do not be fooled.

“Come to Australia” they said, “it’ll be hot” they said.

So many lies. I arrived on beautiful sunny day on July 11th 2016. The following four months were spent trying to layer the small amount of winter clothes with the abundant amount of summer clothes that I’d been expecting to be wearing a month in, and keeping my heater on at all times in my cement-walled dorm room, in an effort to keep my very cold blooded body warm. Nonetheless, I took every opportunity I could when it came to exploring as much of the city as I could, and wouldn’t change my experience for the world.

When I think of Melbourne I think of its incredible culture, its phenomenal coffee, and its crazy weather. The city’s full of cool graffiti lining allies and laneways, led of course by Hosier Lane the internationally renowned site. The architecture there is unlike elsewhere in the world, with lots of old European style buildings standing right beside very new modern – and to say the least, unique – architecture.  If you walk along the city you will also find loads of cute little cafes, where locals order ‘long blacks’ and ‘short whites’. Which if you’re foreign may cause some confusion at first. Especially if you’re a Canadian trying to get a double double

. Last but not least, oh man… the weather. Leaving Vancouver I thought I knew what unpredictable weather looked like, but it is NOTHING compared to what you might see on a typical day in Melbourne. To give you an idea, during one particularly unpredictable day it once was sunny, then cloudy, then sunny, then it hailed, back to sun and clouds, where it then rained, and finished off the day with some light clouds. Also, let’s talk about the wind. The kind which I was under the impression was an anomaly upon arrival but quickly realized was just the reg. By the way, don’t bother buying an umbrella there because it does not rain down. It rains sideways.

The most important part of this dynamic city of course, is the people. Travelling on my own I never felt anything but welcomed by the locals. I had the pleasure of meeting a number of people from the Melbourne area and in my classes I got to know a lot of these brilliant individuals. Overall, I felt the city’s vibe to be very similar to Vancouver’s in people’s hospitality helping me feel right at home. In fact, I’d say a part of my heart will always reside in this vibrate city.

I’ll be back Melbs,

Paula Xx