In the middle of nowhere

To continue my ramblings about the time I spent in Australia I thought I share with you all my experience in the Outback, sleeping under the stars in the middle of nowhere whilst I am now sitting on my desk in snowy Austria.

The Outback Tour was one of those tours I hadn´t planned on doing before I came to Australia. My plan was Sydney and then up the East Coast, but I am glad it turned out this way. I think it is good to give yourself the freedom to plan your trip loosely and make the rest up as you go.
I booked flights from Sydney to Alice Springs and a three day tour including a visit  to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon just a few days in advance, as well as a night in Alice Springs before the tour because it started at around 5 am in the morning. Super early, I know...but let me tell you, the next two mornings started even earlier.
On the first day we made our way down to Uluru, also called Ayers Rock. Our guide told us about the aboriginal culture and we walked parts of the Base Walk around Uluru. It was very interesting and fun, but I honestly thought it would be even more impressive. Our guide also told us about loads of tourists climbing Ayers Rock which is absolutely forbidden in order to respect the local Aborigines. In my opinion respecting the "rules" from the locals, is the minim tourists should do.

Sadly the sunset was partially covered by clouds and as was the sunrise, but we still got up at 4am the next morning to be able to have breakfast in front of the Uluru while the sun rose.

Next on the agenda was Kata Tjuta and now that really impressed me. It looked like a landscape from a different world. Unbelievable! We walked thru the Nationalpark, took pictures and tried to soak in all the beauty of this place before driving the rest of the day. If you ever visit the Outback , be prepared for loads of driving. Remember it is in the middle of nowhere....

Both nights we slept outside in a swag which is like a huge sleeping bag. It was quiet an experience, but definitely a good one. It is a feeling of freedom to sleep under a sky full of stars and I really enjoyed it.

On the final day, we visited Kings Canyon. The walk around the Canyon took about 4 hours and it was as stunning as Kata Tjuta the day before, just a little bit more exhausting to walk up and down the Canyon.

Overall it was a very fun tour with some awesome people and a dinner night out in Alice Springs was the perfect ending to it. I can only recommend The Rock Tour.
Hope you all have a great weekend!!


Is this the greatest show?

I don´t know how many of you know why I started this blog. Partially because I love travelling and everything related to it which includes writing about it. So I created this blog to share my adventures around the world and hopefully inspire people to follow their dreams. That is one part. On the other side I want to show people how important it is to be open towards other cultures, religions and lifestyles. I think  over the last years the world has started to change a lot, not necessarily in a positive way. We need to be aware of it and turn it around again. There should not be any space for hate, violence or racism. This week I was reminded of it while going out with my friends.

We went to watch the Greatest Showman in the cinema. I know what you may be thinking how does that relate to the first part of the post or maybe you already have a clue what I want to say here. First of all it is a great movie which is totally worth the cinema ticket. ( I am very tempted to watch it a second time.;)) Moreover it is also one of those movies that make you think, in this case about being different and how it makes people feel . How do people feel when someone disrespects them for looking different or believing  in different things? Yea, not good. I think so too and then I (pictured the world and) thought, how often does that happen?  I leave it up to you to find an answer, but I believe it is to often.

The Greatest Showman is partially based on true events. Mr. Barnum started on of the first versions of what is our so called Circus today, but in the movie he also creates a family for the actors which in reality didn´t happen and that is the important part here.  Everyone needs a family, needs to be loved by someone and needs to be treated with respect. For me that is the lesson the movie teaches you, treat people with respect no matter what. What do you think about it? Have you seen the movie yet?

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

New Year, New Adventures

A new year to follow our dreams, right?

On new year´s eve, when the countdown to midnight began, my friends and I all stood together over-looking our village and enjoying the fireworks…Happy New Year by the way! I thought 2018 is going to be an amazing year full of adventures and I said the same thing to my friends.

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I know we are half way through January already and it is not even close to New Year´s anymore, but just now I feel like writing about the adventures to come this year. My January wasn´t that exciting yet and mainly consisted of planning and spending time with friends. However I have everything booked for my first trip in February now, but even before that I will be moving out! Yes, I am super excited and happy about it, but also a little scared … maybe. I finally found out what and where I want to study, which means in a few weeks I will be leaving my home country to study in Austria. Yes,yes,yes!!! I am just so happy about it!

My first real trip in 2018 will be to Paris then. I have never been to Paris before and it is one of my bucket list destinations, so I thought I am going to tick that one of this (new) year. After a couple of days in the city of love I will spend the weekend in London to party with The Script. I think it is needless to say how excited I am for their concert.
For the next concert highlight of 2018 I am going to meet up in Hamburg with my lovely Melbourne-Travelbuddy and since it is close to Easter we are both of from University and hopefully just hop on a plane the day after Harry´s concert to travel around the Green Island of Ireland or relax on a beach in southern Europe for a while.
For my summer break I am planning a longer trip to France to go Surfing and enjoy the sunshine. Ok honestly I didn´t plan or book anything for it yet, but in mind that is how I am going to spend my summer. We will see how it goes!(..and what other fun trips will come up;))

What are your travel plans for this year? I would love to know in the comments below.