23 going on 24: another spectacular year

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Ever since I became a One Tree Hill addict when I was 14 (yes, I was that kind of a girl in high school) and first heard Jimmy Eat World play their song 23 , I’ve been obsessed with being 23. I always expected it to be the most spectacular year of my life, a year when incredible things would happen. And on the eve of my 24th birthday I’m sitting here thinking – it actually was. Wonderful. Filled with surprises. Amazing. Unexpected. Hectic. My own kind of spectacular.

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Universal travel truths and valuable lessons

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

A gorgeous view over Sydney, August 2013

It is a truth universally known that traveling is a life-changing, soul-enriching, heart-warming experience. But contrary to popular belief, it’s not all rainbows and candy canes. Yes, you will meet inspiring people, see mind-blowing sunsets, and experience unforgettable moments on magical beaches. However, there will also be moments of loneliness and adversity. Moments when the only thing you seem capable of is booking the first flight home and lie in your own bed for 17 years. Here are a few things I’ve learned the hard way that may help you through your hardships.

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Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach at sunset (Sydney)

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I have done many walks along many seasides in my life, but the walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach in Sydney takes the cake.

Let me paint you a little picture: 19 August 2013, my first day in Australia. I had spent the previous day flying for 22 hours, still tired from a 3 day trip to Sziget festival in Budapest from which I had only returned the day before. As soon as I arrived at my friend’s house in Sydney, I clocked out for a solid 15 hours. I woke up at noon the next day, well-rested and heavily disoriented. But it was a beautiful day, so my friend decided to take me to the ultimate tourist hotspot for my first taste of Sydney: Bondi Beach.

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