Guess what?! While you are reading this my butt is on a 24hr flight back from Sydney, via Hong Kong, to Amsterdam!
I am so super grateful for the time I have spend down here. The amazing, mind-blowing people I have met (you know I’m talking about you!), the stunning scenery I have enjoyed, the things and opportunities that have unfolded and, last but not least, the many many things I have learned. Australia forever holds a special place in my heart.
But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. And I agree, and don’t think this is a bad or sad thing. Though I do have a tendency to try so, holding on to good moments doesn’t do you any good. Neither does reminiscing. (Says she who takes 200 photos every other day. What can I say my memory sucks!). Instead, focusing on the positive and the now is a good way to feel happy, instead of sad. In honor of that I made a little tribute of things that I loved about Australia, but also made a list of the things I love about Holland (Amsterdam in my case), and can’t wait to get back to.
Things I Love About Australia
- The climate
- The ridiculously stunning beaches everywhere
- Coconuts in every (regular!) super market
- Tons of trendy veg/vegan/organic cafes and restaurants
- Exotic fruits
- Being able to swim in the sea at 8am during spring
- 15m walk to the beach, 15m walk to hilltops with a killer view
- Outdoor yoga!
- The accents (ozzie, brittish and, my favorite, a mixture thereof)
- Nice, friendly people all around
- The nature
- The animals
- The climate….
- Hills, mountains, inclines
- Trendy suburbs with tons of veg/organic places
- The MAD sunsets
- Cool wildlife (wallabys, kangaroos, cockatoos, cuckabarras, lizards, water dragons, possums)
- Soy Chai lattes in every cafe
- Did I mention the climate?
Things I love About Holland
- Christmas during the winter
- ‘My’ park (aka Vondelpark)
- Grapes in every super market (and for a normal price…)
- A small community of people genuinly interested in plant-based & organic diets, not just because it’s trendy
- Lots of organic supermarkets/health food stores
- Being able to go set foot outside your house during the day in summer (and not spontaneously burst into flames…)
- 15 m walk to… everything but the beach
- Great diversity of cultures
- People not afraid of bluntly speaking their minds
- City life
- The bikes!!
- Fresh mint tea in every cafe (healthier than chai lattes :p)