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A letter from Sophie

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Hey guys,

I hope you’re well. It is coming up to my favourite time of the year, Christmas! The picture above is currently what the interiors of the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney currently looks like. The more lights the better!

The past 3 months of posts have been my European holiday and the posts and stories are now over, although I still have blog posts related to these to come. I’m missing the adventure and new surroundings alot and am even moreso jealous of everyone who is having a white Christmas! Oh how I would love to be drinking mulled wine or spiced tea with a book in fluffy blankets! Maybe next year!

As we head towards the end of the year, it is that reflection time before we make our New Year Resolutions. My question is, what are some stand-out moments from 2015 for you?

Mine would be:
– Moving laboratories
– Finishing my PhD (woo!)
– Being back in my favorite city (Paris!)
– Having the opportunities to meet with friends (and meeting their friends) again who live overseas.

I would love to hear yours!

-S.

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A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

I hope you’re well. I know I know, I stopped blogging! I really admire all the travel bloggers out there who can regularly blog whilst on their trip. I guess if I blogged for a living, I would have a great incentive to keep blogging but as this is just a hobby, sometimes I just need to be in the mood.

I have returned home to Australia to my disappointment. Back to looking for a job and reminiscing about the days past. I have been trying to find ways to keep the inner traveller burning whilst back in my home town but have not been that successful so if any of you have any tips, let me know in the comments.

I still need to finish blogging the rest of my trip so rest assured, there will be more blog posts to come.I hope you’re enjoying the content.

-S.

A letter from Sophie

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Hey guys,

I hope you’re liking the travel snaps. I’m currently writing this from Avignon in the south of Fraance. Yes, my blogs are about 2 weeks behind! Argh! The balance between writing in my personal journal, blogging and sight-seeing hasn’t been reached.

I did a day trip out of Sevilla which I will be blogging about then went to Barcelona. Wow, I did not expect Barcelona to be such a wonderful city. After Spain, I flew into Toulouse to visit a friend and have since gone to Montpellier and Avignon. Mucho to write about and pictures to share so stay put! I have a feeling there will be blogs being published left right and centre very soon.

Stay well!
-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hey guys!

I hope you’re enjoying the travel blogs as I travel. There’s a first for everything! I thought I would update you so you can follow along and to explain why I went a week with no blog posts! I finished my travels in the Czech Republic and continued on by bus into the Austrian alps. The hills are definitely alive. On my first day there, it was boiling hot and I decided to go for a dip in Hallstat lake where alot of people were already frolicking in the water. At night, I noticed that I had the nice company of some mosquitoes.

The next day when I woke up, low and behold, my legs and 1 arm were covered in (what I thought were mosquito) bites. I normally have an allergic reaction to mosquito bites but over the next day or so, they became more and more red and the accommodation owner gave me the details of the town doctor so that I could get something to put on these bites.

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The doctor said that the bites were more likely from lake bugs (something related to the parasites from swans and ducks that live in the lake) and gave me some anti-histamines as well as antiseptic spray and cream to put on my bites. I cut my stay short in Obertraun and left for Vienna earlier than I had planned because there were still mosquitoes around and in my room.

It’s been a week since I woke up covered and I am still nursing my bites! They look to be getting better but I’m ready to be bite free. That was my first overseas doctor visit ever as well and I was worried I would have to pay an arm and a leg for it but it was ok. Hopefully there will be no more doctor visits on my trip.

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hello there.

I initially drafted this post as a July post but never finished writing it in time so happy August!

I have been a little MIA and am thoroughly annoyed but things have been busy on my end with trying to get my thesis ready to submit. Woo!. I hope there will be more regular-ish posts from mid-August onwards. I have also yet to figure out how to change the time zone in my posting section so if anyone else knows, let me know!

In the meantime, I came across this article recently about 9 dying tourist sites because of tourists and is actually focused on a topic that I have wanted to blog about for ages so I better get writing now that it’s been re-triggered in my mind. As much as I love travelling, all human behaviour has an impact on our environment and I think we are so behind the times on where we should be at addressing these issues (in every sense). Leaving you with some food for thought until next time.

I hope the world is finding you well or vice-versa and I shall be updating you soon!

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi everyone,

It is almost the end of May. This is madness. I haven’t been blogging much in the past few week because I’m buried under uni work (thesis due in 2 months! Argh!) which has left me so drained of inner peace and just motivation in general.

I came across this article about creative arts director Matilda Kahl wearing the same styled outfits to work for over 3 years which is the most fashionable and adorable work wear attire I have seen in some time. In this article, she touches on minimalism and solving the “what to wear” conundrum by wearing basically the same outfit everyday and also on the subject of how women are still being judged on what they wear in the workplace rather than what they do. This reminds me of the exact same conversation I was having with one of my Airbnb hosts in Stockholm (who was head of operations at a lighting company). I like that this article and versions of it are across different media sources highlighting this issue that is not really brought to light (or hasn’t been for a while) and is just something to think about.

I’ve also read this article about how being in nature makes you a healthier and happier person as it can actually reduce blood pressure and stress hormones. I didn’t know this but it could also boost your immune system as well as making you more creative. I had better look into escaping to the forest at some point soon.

Lastly, it occurred to me that my blog just turned 1 year old in April! That went by so quickly, so much so that it had skipped my mind completely! Here is one of my first few posts about the things that no-one tells you about travelling alone.

Just some food for thought until next time. Have a great weekend guys!

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

I hope you’ve all enjoyed Easter. I have been once again been busy getting sick and decided to take a mental break breather (which also explains the lack of posts) but I’m back (unfortunately!) but fortunately for you.

This amazing village called Piplantri in the region of Rajasthan, India plants 111 trees after a baby girl is born. The town also contributes to a trust fund for the girl of about 31, 000 rupees ($500) in a 20 year fixed deposit under the contract that the daughter can only be married after the age of 18 and has received an education. This custom was started by a previous village leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, after the passing of his young daughter. You can read more about this here. What an amazing village that is not only being eco-friendly which invariably will impact on them positively but also reversing the stigma about females in the country and also empowering their women with education.

Hope you all have a lovely week.

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

We’re wrapping up summer here now and in the past month I’ve had a little wardrobe clean up recently resulting in bags of clothing making their way to the donation centre and 1 to throw (or reuse as cleaning wipes). As i was looking into capsule wardrobes I came across Project 333. Courtney started this project which invites people to challenge themselves to wearing only 33 pieces of clothing in 3 months. This doesn’t include underwear, socks or uniforms. If you’re up for the challenge, click here for more rules.

I was thinking about starting this but I feel like I would be better suited to down sizing my wardrobe without having a limit. The more I clean out my wardrobe (without adding anything in), the more conscious I become of what I wear the most and colours I wear the most so I feel from here on in, sale buys won’t be so enticing anymore and it’ll be easier for me to pick holes in my wardrobe. So if you’ve been thinking about doing a wardrobe clean up, now is the time!

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

You may or may not have noticed the lack of posts this week and that was due to me being sick for the 2nd time this year and we’re just reached the 2nd month! I feel however, that posts frequency may fluctuate in the next few months because of work but I will try my best. You might also see some changes in posts perhaps because I feel like this blog isn’t where I would like it yet. Sit tight!

In the last little while, I was reading this article about what a man learnt from going a week wearing make-up. How he felt and how he was treated is all documented.

I watched this TedX talk on how it takes 20 hours to learn something new. I think I will be posting about this in the near future because it is AMAZING. I also watched this TedX talk about ethical jewellery and it’s such an insightful talk into the world of jewellery manufacturing and is a beginner eye opener into what I would think is a complicated matter.

This article includes peoples’ journey’s in decluttering their homes and how they felt afterwards. I have recently done my own summer clean of my wardrobe and am getting there.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day or night wherever you.

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Dear reader,

Did you like how I started with a new greeting? As with every other blog, I think you and I should sit down right here, right now and have a little heart to heart.

As we toss the ropes and set sail into 2015, I think this is the perfect time for the both of us to reflect on the year that has just turned the page and think about what we want from 2015. I’ve been thinking about what I want to keep doing this year, what I would like to do this year and how should I spend my free time (and what I should focus my energy on).

So, what do you want to keep doing this year, what would you like to do and how should you spend your free (or not free) time?

-S.