Bad things come in threes

I knew that my time abroad couldn’t go without some hick ups. My time so far has been amazing and seriously NOTHING bad has happened. Until last week..

First was the Skype call I had with mom. My grandma was in the hospital, it looked very very very bad, and I should prepare myself for the worst.. I did and thank god she somehow managed to get a little better. She probably had a stroke (the doctors are still not sure) and is in a special home where they can help her get better.

Second was my foot. I managed to drop a full trashcan filled with glass bottles on my big toe. I have been crippled ever since. However, this wasn’t the end I also have a blister the size of Australia on the side of my foot. Due to this I can only wear flip flops and everyone can see my disgusting foot.

So number three.. Is the worst of the worst. My laptop is dead. It was just a stupid accident, someone spilled their drink over it. But now it is dead.. I’m sooooooo sad, like I literally cried. And not even just because of the laptop, because I know that with my insurance I’ll be able to get it fixed or get a new one. But because of the fact that one of my placement reports was on there (and no where else). And I will probably have to rewrite it all.

I hope that nothing else happens, I should be fine because they say bad things come in threes (I hope these are bad enough). It even made me a bit homesick. Just because I’m so helpless here. I can’t even call my insurance because it is so freaking expensive from here, and because the Netherlands is having a national holiday.

I’ll be going to Cairns tomorrow to drop my laptop off, so keep your fingers crossed and hope that nothing is really badly wrong. I’ll let you know when I know anything else.



Queensland adventures and more..

It has been a while, and I’m terrible sorry about that. The good news is I’m still alive! So, what has been happening in the last month. At the start of April mom and Dolores came to visit me. We did some fun trips (Great Ocean Road, Winery tour, etc) and saw all the sites in Melbourne. It was so good to finally show someone from home where I’ve been living and why I think Melbourne is so amazing!

Almost straight after mom and Dolores left I had to start packing for my next adventure. Because, at the end of April I moved to Port Douglas, this is a tiny little town in the top of Queensland just above Cairns. Here a new United Backpackers is opened and they needed someone to help out there. I have now been here for 2 weeks and I have to say that they made a great decision by opening this hostel. The dry season just started here, the temperature never really goes below 26 during the day and the evenings are also hot.. You however, don’t hear me complaining, I’m finally getting my tan on and Melbourne weather started to remind me of home a little bit too much!

I wasn’t sure about how long I’d be staying here, initially they talked about just two weeks, then it became three weeks and it was left on that for a little while. Today I got the message that I will be staying until after Carnivale, this is the biggest happening in town that takes place every year at the start of the dry season. There are loads of different activities, its an all week party with music, races and way more. Carnivale ends around the end of May, this means that in the end I have been here for about 4 weeks.

When I get back to Melbourne I almost finished my internship! Time went so fast.. I just cant believe that its almost over! This week I also started planning my trip for after my internship finishes. My first stop will be Bali!! I’m leaving on the 29th from Melbourne and will go on a 7 day organised trip with Wanderlust Bali, check out their website it looks so amazing!! On the 6th I’ll be flying back to Cairns, here I’ll stay for just a few days. I’m also planning on going back to Port Douglas for a few days at that time. From there I have till the 19th of August to travel all the way down back to Melbourne. I have to be back on the 19th of August because…. I booked my flight home! I’ll be leaving Melbourne in the morning and will arrive in Amsterdam on the 20th around 8.30AM.

So.. That was it for now, I’ll let you know when I’ve planned my entire trip down the east coast and show you my itinerary for everyone that is interested!