When in Cologne

A two hour train ride from Amsterdam and we were in Cologne, Germany! Which was exciting not only because hello, new country, but since Gerrit’s from there it’s all I’d heard about for the past 5 months. So although we didn’t do much research we had a pretty good idea of what we were getting…

72 Hours in Amsterdam

Although excited to start my Euro trip, the trek from Australia to Amsterdam was a hell of a way to start. I don’t know if you know this but Australia is like really far from the rest of the world. For some reason I thought it would take less time to get to Europe than…

Top 10 Things to Do in Bali

Finally home after my six months abroad so get ready for a bunch of travel posts! I’m trying to keep them in order but it turns out traveling with people 24/7 is not the most conducive to writing. Who knew? Anyway, let’s talk Bali. On making it back to America, everyone asked, “So which place…

6 Drives to See Before You Die

I love road trips. To me, they are the epitome of adventure. Pack me in a car with friends any day and let’s go. The world is vast and you have to start somewhere. The summer we graduated high school, my friends and I did a road trip from San Diego to San Francisco. Little…

Yarra Yarra Yes

Having made it to pretty much every wine region in South Australia, we knew if we were going to Melbourne we had to hit Yarra Valley as well. And trust me, we were not disappointed. Although we only had a few hours before heading to the Great Ocean Road, we packed in four tastings and…

36 Hours in Melbourne

If there’s one thing I learned in our short time here, it’s that people don’t go to Melbourne for the sights, they go for the culture. And when the culture is full of great food, nightlife, happy people and beautiful weather, can you really complain? We flew in Friday from Adelaide and upon arriving to…

My Australian Pocket Dictionary

Four months in the making, consider this my gift to anyone ever going to Australia. Even if you’re not going anytime soon I hope you get as much a kick out of it as I have. Warning: Foul language ahead! You crazy Aussies, you. Arvo – afternoon Apron – tarmac Aussie – Australian Bathers –…

An Extensive Guide to Clare Valley

I have to say Clare really grew on me. Hands down the smallest town I’ve ever lived in it definitely took some getting used to but now even thinking about leaving breaks my heart. I’m going to miss running and biking on the Riesling Trail, spending every day off in the Health Shop with the…

Trust Your Knots, Trust Yourself: Vintage Part III

We made it. It’s over. Well not really but Gerrit and I are peacing to Bali so basically. It’s funny how life works out. Last fall I applied to jobs in Australia for about two weeks and then changed my mind. My plan was to stay and take winemaking classes at the local college, but…

A Year after Graduation, Here’s What I Know

Let’s be honest, college was amazing. Sure it’s full of sleep deprivation and excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine, but if you do it right it’s also full of the most incredible times with your best friends in the world. To some, graduation may seem as tragic as their own funeral. And while it’s true…

Barossa Valley Round Up

As much as I love Clare, Barossa is the wine region of South Australia. With over fifty wineries, great food, events and sights what’s not to love? Since it’s only an hour and a half from us we went as much as possible and this is what we found. Must-Sees: Torbreck – Mutually decided this…

As You Wish

If you read my post on my life as the bachelorette, maybe you saw this coming. I joked when I wrote it, but never in a million years thought it would actually happen. That I’d fall for a roommate and he’d fall for me and we’d live happily ever after in this three month harvest…