Lost in New York City

7 months ago, I was an unemployed graduate.

6 months ago, I got the job of my dreams.

5,5 months ago, my boss uttered the words “you’re coming to Book Expo America with us.”

5,5 months later, I’m sat in a fancy suite in a New York hotel wondering how I’ve ever gotten here.

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Scenic flight over Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef

During our trip from Cairns back down to Sydney, we spent a few nights in Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a typical cute lil’ Australian town with lots of bars, surf shops, and fish & chips restaurants, but ultimately it is the main gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

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The Whitsunday Islands is a cluster of small islands, most of which are uninhabited, right off the coast of Queensland. It’s a popular destination for those who have a few millions to spare for a private yacht, or for tourists like me, who have learned that the best way to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands is from up in the air.

As soon as we arrived at Airlie Beach, I immediately decided that I wanted to do a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and, a bit further away, the Great Barrier Reef. At this point, I had already experienced one of nature’s seven wonders up close and personal on 2 snorkelling trips, but it was time to marvel at Australia’s prettiest natural feat from the air. So we went to a nearby tourism office and booked ourselves a scenic flight.

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Festival memories: Sziget, Island of Freedom (Budapest)

Ahhh Sziget. Sziget, Sziget, Sziget. How do I begin to proclaim my love for you? If you’re a festival and/or music fanatic like me, then Sziget should be on top of your bucket list. If you like stumbling upon random crazy people, ending up in the craziest parties, and generally like having a good time, then you should go as well. Hell, everyone should go to Sziget and learn the true meaning of happiness.

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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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