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New routines – think smart

In the 45 days I stayed at the temple I got a new routines like meditation, yoga, supplements, diet , walking a lot and low-stress lifestyle, which I really need to keep going.

It’s so easy to implement new habits and routines, while living in a protected world like the temple, where everything is based on having these healthy habits. Sticking to them outside in the real world is a challenge.

Practically  it’s challenging since I’ve got a steady place to live yet here in Sydney. Therefore every day is filled with a massive amount of new impressions, new people and using a lot of the time on the process of getting settled. Keeping up the new routines will be a lot easier when I get a steady place, where I’ve my stuff around me and easy to access. Until then I just have to do the best I can.

The easiest thing to do is the supplements and the food (here in Bondi there are healthy food stores all over the place). The yoga has become the greatest challenge since I need space and peaceful surroundings, but now I’ve a mat so on dry days I can go to the roof of the hostel or the beach to practice. The meditation has been a challenge, but this morning I went for a walk in the rain and put on my theta wave music – that worked wonders – just like using it in the evening just before bed time.

When I get my “own” space (probably a shared flat or a room) – my morning routine takes about 1 hour beside breakfast and personal stuff. Yes I’ll have to get up early in general, but that is not a problem for me.  I need access to a good kitchen, refrigerator, live close to organic stores, hot water washer, not waste too much time on transportation and be able to get early to bed (quiet place). I really hope to live in walking distance to the school maybe 15-20 minutes so I’ve some walking Incorporated in my day. Why do it the hard way if you can do it the smart way ;).

I don’t know about you guys but it’s possible, but it takes effort and smart thinking. Getting as much as possible incorperated in the daily routine so it also frees time to the fun stuff 🙂

I know I’ve to do this because the benefits make a huge difference in my life and I might actually get a life free of any symptoms from my dyspraxia. Again it’s about smart thinking and long term thinking in this case long term isn’t that long since I already experiences a huge difference from before I stayed at the temple. 🙂

Later on I can add more like trigger point and starting studying in the evening beside work but first I’ve to make the foundation for my new life work. It’s like building a house. If the foundation is solid and good the house will last and will be easy to maintain 🙂

 

Home is where the heart is

I’m back and I felt so at home already in the airport of Sydney.

I’d chosen to take a night flight because it was cheap but even though I’d three seats to my disposal I got very little sleep. Therefore I’ve used two days to try and get into sync again 😀 but I’m here and I’ll stay now for 5-6 months and this is so wonderful.

The first day I went for a walk to Bondi Beach to get some food and I was recognized by the store owner from Bitebox. That felt amazing to get waved at, get a good talk and get a box with meat and vegetables. Then I went to the neighbour shop my favorite and got a fresh made melon juice. After that I went right down to the beach and just sat there and ate.

Guys I’m home 😀 it’s funny how many people say that their place/house/four walls are their home. For me it’s where my heart is and Bondi is where my heart is and no matter where I’ll end up living Bondi is my home and I’m a Bondi girl 🙂

And to make it even more adventurous while I was eating all hell broke loose for the lifeguards and they had to save two teenagers in very bad shape and they did as usual an amazing job. Most of it I know from the news because I’ll never join the ring of death unless it’s somebody I know getting saved.

In these days I stay at a hostel close to the beach so when I go to the roof top I get an amazing view over the ocean.  One of these days when the weather is good I’ll go up there and do some whale watching.

I’m using my days on getting settled and getting ready for school which starts Monday at 9 am. Therefore I’ve been shopping a little – looking at places to stay – looking at job agencies – making my CV – you know all the boring stuff 😀

Tonight I’ll reward myself and get food from my favorite restaurant and the best thing is it’s big portions of quality food for cheap money.

 

 

 

Australia works faster than lightning

So so happy – today I was granted my study visa so the 5th of September I’ll start studying Cambridge English on a high level and I’m allowed to work 20 hours a week when I study and in weeks where I’ve no classes like in December I can work unlimited.

Great Barrier Reef – Magic

Kirri and me after snorkling smallI had 4 amazing days out on Great Barrier Reef snorkeling in the beginning of April and I had a blast. The animal and coral life is so amazing. I saw turtles, sharks (both sleeping and awake), sea cucumbers, starfish in amazing colours, baby squids, baby sting ray, jellyfish, fish in all colours and sizes and I found Nemo 🙂 – Even though the corals are bleached by the increasing acidicness in the ocean they’re still amazing. I took so many pictures under water and some are good but they’ll never be able to show the real life experience. I chose to take 4 days on the boat and there was always something new to experience on every snorkel even if I had two snorkels in the same reef. The company Reef Encounter has been awarded by TripAdvisor and I must admit it’s deserved.

  • All the crew was friendly, outgoing, helpful and very skilled.
  • The boat was perfect for the “mission”.
  • The Scottish cook made amazing food and there was more than enough – loved his accent by the way. Actually with my diet this is one of the few places where I’ve got amazing food and enough food for every meal.
  • Beside that the service level was amazing in the water. People that couldn’t swim was taken out by one of the crew members with a life saver and life jacket. Everybody was offered either a stinger suit or wet suit.

I chose to up-grade to top-deck because I then would have a personal assistant and since my dyspraxia makes my legs pretty quirky when I’ve been weightless in the water and because of my food allergies/intolerances. For me it’s so important that my safety is in top when having 4 days like this and then I can’t compromise with the food. My assistant was Kiri and she was so amazing and I miss her because I felt so comfortable with her and we had so much fun. She was really good at reading my signals and helping me with respect and so I still had my independence. Even more important but rare I felt we’re at the same level mentally speaking. At the same time I loved having Kiri to show me all the amazing stuff going on at the different location. Without her I hadn’t got the same experience. I must admit, I enjoyed getting the royal treatment.

I loved the security level at the boat like we were all counted 3 times a day where a crew member came around and we had to sign a sheet. Before going out in the water we’d to register and when we got back we had to sign it. One of the diving instructors was on watch and made sure all snorkelers was safe. The first day on the way out to the boat we’re thought the signs for I’m ok, I need a pick-up and I’m in trouble. Later I learned the sign for turtle, sting ray etc. So much fun 😀

You can swim in your swimsuit but depending on the season it’s wise to cover up some how because of stingers. We didn’t have any problem though. The boat have wet suits you can use in the water and if you’re not confident in the water it helps you float too.

The best thing though was the amazing people I met and the friends I got on the trip. I’ll carry you guys in my heart as a precious memory. And thank you to you guys that gave me a hand when needed. Love you guys.

Reefs we visited: Norman, Hasting and Coral Reef

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F*ck Jante

At last I’ve found a school that have English courses on my level. The last weeks I’ve used a lot of time on traveling around in Sydney and being on the internet/phone trying to find a school were I can enroll.

Most of them declined because they believed they couldn’t teach me anything – but …. – I’ve an IELTS written on 6.5 and to get into a post graduate/master study I’ll need 7.0 as a minimum. To get my teachers degree assessed I need to apply an IELTS on 7+ on writing. To get max point for visa and I need that I need 8.0.
It has been so frustrating because I need a good school to improve my  English.

Next challenge: The school I’ve found (YEAH) wants me to start at the proficiency level in Cambridge English and then take the IELTS. When I look at the advanced material I’m already getting the empty brain look and the thought of having to do severe studies on my trip though USA, Hawaii and Japan was definitely not in my program.

This morning I was ready to call the school to push for starting on advanced level but fortunately in the shower after my morning session with Dean, I remembered the advice I got from the monks at Bondi Pavillion – “you need to have much more courage” – I had to chew on that one for half an hour and then changed my plans.

I realised that I was putting myself down according to my level of written English and grammar. Therefore I’ll do what the school recommended – I enroll on proficiency level now and when I arrive on the first day we let the placement test do the talking. Even though it was not in my plans to study the next months I’ll go to the book store in the Junction to see if they have good grammar books that can explain it in a way that I can understand + I’ll see if I can buy the books for the advanced class. I’ve some long flights, transfers in airports etc. in the next months so might as well give it a go and toughen up.

The point is that I like many others are so good at putting myself down and not listening to others and having been brought up in a country where “the laws of Jante” is extreme, I need to get out of that thought pattern – So if you are doing the same please join me and  f*ck Jante and go for it. (sorry for my language)

Jungle surfing in Cape Tribulation

This is by fare one of the best trips I’ve taken.

I was the first one to be picked-up and the bus was of a very good standard. While driving we got a lot of information about the area and outside the city our guide Travers told us about cane sugar farming etc. and all the way he gave us insightful information – rather impressive.

First we stopped in the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. It was more like an extended leg stretching in wonderful surroundings and we got refreshment like fruit platters etc. We could also attend a class about the koala, snake etc. but I preferred to see all the animals and have time for it since I’ve been though a lot of these speeches now 🙂

After Travers made sure we got a rain forest walk so “us jungle surfers” got a jungle walk too and and he really knew what he was talking about and the walk was so beautiful.

We were driven to the pick-up point for jungle surfers where we also got lunch and the rest of the group was taken to a beach/rain forest walk.

The jungle surf was unique and the crew told us about the vegetation all the way though. They made sure we had an extra bag on our harness to private stuff like cameras and medication if people needed that. We each got a helmet with a hero name on and I got “Terminator”:-D
I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and the view was epic from the top of the trees. The guides  took pictures but it was too expensive since they were pretty dark, but it was not a problem since we’re allowed to bring our own cameras and go-pros. I loved zip-lining through the rain forest between the majestic trees like mahogany and I’ll highly recommend it. We had a couple around the 70’es and they did it too even hanging up side down like the rest of us.

We’re all returned to the pick-up point in one piece ;-D where Travers picked us up and then it was ice-cream time. I’ve in my wildest dreams never seen so many choices in all homemade ice cream. I chose the passion fruit/ginger/banana and it tasted really good.

Next stop was the crocodile cruise and even if I had been on one in Darwin this one was different. The boatman/guides daughter was with us and she spotted things before us and knew a lot. The guide was very knowledgeable and showed us several crocs and even a couple of baby crocs (very cute).

Then we unfortunately had to return to Cairns but the trip back was really nice because we stopped at a couple of good places for a quick stretch and stunning views.  I was so fortunately to sit in front and learned a lot from Travers. He’s an inspiration so you’ll have to look up Jungle Tours when you’re in Cairns and ask for Travers.

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At the wild life habitat – birds walking on the sun roof

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2 teen age parrots was in training accoring to having human contact and they were lovely and cheecky.

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On of the trees made this amazing structure.

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Cocoons from a spider

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Kangaroos taking a break in the shade

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Just lovely

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Yeah they had pelicans

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Rain forest walk: a plant uses one of the trees to make a struckture

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and it ends up like this – Nature is amazing

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Roots of the mangrove

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Ms. Terminator ready for a Jungle Surf

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The view from the top

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Look at these magnificent trees

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One of the zip-lines

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I’m being prepared for the next ride.

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One of the platforms in the forest

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Even up side down the rain forest is amazing

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One of the huge trees seen from half way down – epic 🙂

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At the crocodile cruise: The toothless croc got a fish.

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Taking a nap in the shade

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Baby crocs

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Air conditioning in the wild life – open mouth.

Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

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This was a very long day but all worth it. I chose a one day trip and I chose to upgrade to the company Kangaroo Island Odysses making more personalized trips.

We were only a nine people (I think) in the bus and we’re picked up at the ferry by Nikki our guide for the day. Nikki was so amazing and her knowledge was breathtaking, because I could hear that Kangaroo Island is her life and it means so much to her.

First we went and saw kangaroos and the way she told us to act in the nature made the kangaroos pretty safe with our presence so we got really close and got some amazing pictures.

The amazing part about having this trip was that beside seeing the obvious things on Kangaroo Island we stopped when there were exciting things to see like a little wallaby sitting by his bush on the side of the road. Beside that several of us was interested in seeing the eucalyptus distillery so we managed to squeeze a short stop in there.

We had a tea break at a breach where we saw dolphins surfing in the waves and it was so amazing.

Lunch was magical with a beautiful arranged table in a tent with open sides under the eucalyptus trees so we could see nature around us.This is actually the best food I’ve had in a long time and I get diet food which normally is more a “hungry-mans-dinner” – no not here –  the girls in the kitchen had made a huge effort to give me a tasty gourmet meal and it was. Absolutely to die for.

After we went on a koala watch in the area that was private owned so we had it all to ourselves and they were so cute. Most of them was awake so again amazing pictures.

Then it was a seal time at Seal Bay and that was again an amazing experience. We had seal pups running up to us and looking at us from a short distance, seal surfing the waves, young males fighting for “fun” some were even training for mating season.

This trip was an epic experience for me and I would love to return to see more of the island and especially listen more to our guide Nikki. The weather wasn’t sunny but that was the best part because then all the animals are active in daytime instead of hiding from the heat. This was an amazing day.

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