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15 January 2017

The last stop was Cairns. To be fair I was quite exhausted by this point and the tropics didn't make an effort to help. The nature seemed to love the rain and so bloomed in millions of vibrant colours. We saw the Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter and snorkelled amongst the fish. 

The waterfalls were great too. We took a trip to see all the major ones around. The Millaa Millaa falls is amazing. I almost tipped my toe to the warm water.

We stayed in Trinity Beach. There was a nice walk up to the sea shore rocks on which I read Oscar Wilde and listened to Tchaikovsky. It was a pretty and calm place.
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10 January 2017

Ask my favourite part of our trip in Australia. Noosa, it's Noosa. The beaches of white sand and clear blue water are simply breathtaking. It's a place one wouldn't want to leave. The Noosa Main beach (2nd picture) is just pure marvellous but quite crowded. Rainbow beach (3rd picture) is equally beautiful, less crowded but with the cost of lamer waves and seriously warm water. Sunrise beach (1st picture) on the other hand is cooler and the waves were okay too, only help me and my fear of jellyfish!

In Australia Zoo I loved sitting down on the grass with the kangaroos and feed them.

On New Year's Eve we ate dinner at a restaurant by the river in Noosa. Afterwards there was a firework show which was spectacular!
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8 January 2017

Brisbane + Eat Street

Oh, Brisbane! My home "town" from the exchange times. I really, really love this city. I almost bursted to tears seeing my old hoods again. I had no idea how much I had missed this place. We had only four days and I was a bit sad not being able to see and show everything me and Nat did back when I was here last. However, I insisted we'd catch the ferry by the dark and head to Hamilton to the Eat Street markets which were my favourite thing in the city. 

First I practically ran to the ice tea stand to get a good ol' cup of the gods water (it's divine). The salt and pepper prawns are always an absolute must. Overall, it was a very successful Christmas Eve. 

shirt / Princess Highway • watch / Daniel Wellington
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7 January 2017

Byron Bay

Driving up the hill to a parking spot and looking over the wooden fence down to the gorgeous beach – oh, it felt like yesterday I last saw those waves bashing to the rocks. Byron Bay is probably one of my favourite places in Australia. This place has some kind of odd magic in it: the breath-taking view, the light house and the soft wind. It's a place I definitely wanted my family to see and experience too.

It happened to be a cloudy day which made the weather more bearable. I got to wear my new shirt. This Princess Highway found from Sydney is honestly so pretty and comfortable, made from extremely soft cotton. I'm sporting the dark navy shorts I got from Zara last summer. The simplicity of this outfit is what I enjoyed very much. The hot weather makes you want to wear the least you can.
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6 January 2017

Sydney + Manly

Aussie aussie aussie, oi oi oi! Had it been two years I left this beautiful country my family decided to see it with me. We started our adventure from Sydney, the city known for the ever-so-awesome Opera House and equally dashing Harbour Bridge. So we took the ferry from Darling Harbour first to Circular Quay and then hopped on the next one to Manly. The ferry is my absolute favourite way to see riverside cities, especially the ones with unbearably hot weather (the wind is quite nice, may I say).

I like Sydney for its pompous and hectic lifestyle. Still, I think it's a bit too big and chilly for my taste. During our four days in the city I got to wear long pants more than once, paired with the stripy tee I got from Monki. Classic shades and a ponytail made up the relaxed look.
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4 January 2017

"I want to be braver this year, to except challenges and go on adventures without thinking about tomorrow too much. I want to be more spontaneous {with a common sense, of course}. I want to learn to love and learn how to say it too.
I want to think less and dream more. I want to have less expectations and see the world with more open eyes. I want to learn how to let go."

The clearest sign of growing up is time, how fast it runs. Many have said they're glad this year is finally over. My year was very everything, the whole spectrum of feelings, tears, laughters, pain and wonderfulness. I became braver because of all of this. I became kinder too remembering where I want to stand in life. The ever-so-exciting late night car drives to nowhere showed me what a second without plan can be. I took risks that turned out to be worth the risk. I learned to love and to let go. I found a wonderful life in a place I thought was dead.

This year I need to even braver as a lot of things are changing. I want to learn to trust there are people who are there for me. I want to learn to trust the world. Actually, I need to learn to trust the world.

January was somewhat a busy and stressful month following with February equally as tough. I was working with the musical production in addition to a stacked schedule and a mess in my personal life. These months blended in so well I honestly can't tell what happened without a journal. I was definitely having a hard time here and was in a lot of emotional pain that led to panic attacks and sleepless nights.

By March the musical was over and pressures all around had eased. I took some time off to go to Lapland with my family. The skiing holiday was a perfect getaway, a chance to relax. I remember still being stressed and so this month, too, is a blur in my head.

April marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I started hanging out with my "lost and newly found" friends who became very important to me in no time. There were so many pictures and so many laughs. I started to feel really happy again and looked forward to weekends to spend time with Ellu and Paci. 

In May Ellu and Paci where done with their finals and so we had loads of time to take trips and go on adventures. We painted, cooked, biked, photographed and had such good talks. May is also the fashion month in Finland and so I attended some fashion shows, which is a first for me. Especially the Aalto University's show was amazing combined with the exhibition a few days later. I've been interested in fashion for several years now. This show was kind of a cherry on top making me sure this is what I want to work with.

Ah, June! My birthday month and the first month of summer holiday. For my birthday we went to Boulevard Social with my family and to Pjazza with my friends as the year before. I loved both of those days for being surrounded with my favourite people, missing a few, of course, as Germany is a bit far away. In June I visited the Suomenlinna island by Helsinki many times. There's something in this place: the sunset over the city, the eased summery atmosphere and picnics on the grass. It was the beginning of the best summer of my life.

We spent time a lot in Helsinki in July. After the midsummer myself, Ellu and Paci started hanging out with Max as well. The Casino of Helsinki, Torni (tower bar), restaurants, brunches and golf courses by night. It was all amazing! As I mentioned: the best summer ever! I also travelled to French  Riviera with my family for a week. The lady in Dolce&Gabbana asked from which year's collection my shorts were. I loved dressing that way in a place it's only decent.

In August the summer holiday was almost gone and I had only a few weeks left with my friends before they all flew the nest: university, au pairing, you name it. I cherished this time even more. It was the time of letting go, of them and of great times. I had been happy, myself for a long time and didn't want that to end either. And then there were two. Max and I were the last ones left and as we had enjoyed each other's company in the summer we continued hanging out as the last two left. Then there was a week of so much happiness as me and Max hit it off and so much sadness as my beloved dog got diagnosed with cancer. As one door opens another closes.

September was such an amazing month. We drove all night with Max and ended up in places far far away. School-wise I finally got a burnout after participating in pretty much every single extra curricular club and committee. I resigned from all of them except the school paper. I felt so light. I had short days in school for the first time in forever. And the weekends I spent with Max. I started to draw and paint and do puzzles again which all I used to love. Life got a bit better all the time.

October was a happy month, a light month. October was also my dog's last month. That was a sad morning. My dad took her to the vet. It was a quiet day. I see her still in my dreams, every week.

In November it got really cold. We still had fun dreaming of travelling to marvellous places.

In December was my little sister's birthday as well as other celebrations and I think I wore that dress almost every day for two weeks. I took everything I could out of those weeks as on the third weekend I left to Australia for a month. Here I still am, one week to go, happy but homesick.

This year changed me more than I had dreamt. I've grown. I've found the perspective I needed.

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