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Oz Adventures: Fraser Island

Another super delayed Australia post, but better late than never? It seemed pretty questionable if I’d ever get around to writing moar about my Oz trip.

Before I begin, I must say that planning the logistics for this trip were a little puzzling. We had a general idea of where we wanted to go but the internet wouldn’t tell us the best ways to get there, specifically Fraser Island. I believe the two popular towns to stay in (if you’re going to Fraser Island) are Noosa and Rainbow Beach. We looked at hostels in both towns, and Rainbow Beach hostels were a little dodgy (bed bugs) so we decided on Noosa, which is the cutest little beach town! It was raining the entire time we were there and apparently it hadn’t rained in 3 months, but I imagine that it would be AMAZING sans rain. I also found a little fruit stand next to the bus depot:

MAREEBA GOLD

The only thing I regret about Australia is not eating enough pineapple. Might I add that Mareeba Gold pineapple (above) is low in acidity, READ: you can eat an entire Mareeba Gold pineapple without the inside of your mouth feeling raw. WIN. 2 for $5 pineapple? DON’T MIND IF I DO.

PINEAPPLES

Fraser Island was stunning. Majestic rain forests, fresh water lakes, and clear sandy beaches for dayz! It’s an island that’s composed entirely of sand, which makes it a reallyreallyreally cool nature thing; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, very serious about how cool it is. My favourite part was being able to sit at the front of the vehicle with our guide and pick his brain, even though I couldn’t understand much of what he was saying because Aussie accents, amirite???? But a front row seat was absolutely necessary for marveling at this beauty of an island.

Maheno Shipwrek{ The Maheno Shipwreck }

Wanggoolba Creek{ Wanggoolba Creek }

it's proper pissin' down now{ “It’s proper pissin’ down now!” }

seventy-five mile beach{ Seventy-Five Mile Beach }

lake mckenzie{ Lake McKenzie }

It rained at the end of our tour, but it RARELY rains on this island so I like to think that we got to see a rare glimpse of rainy Fraser Island, and that’s pretty special.

XO, MC

Blue Mountains & the 3 Sisters

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, I went to Australia a few months ago but definitely procrastinated having to upload the pictures onto my computer. I’m finally getting around to writing about it now because… better late than never! (I’ll share pictures from my Belize trip one day… hahaha)

To be very honest with you, Australia was never really on my radar of “places to go”. In fact, I was originally supposed to go Buenos Aires/Argentina but when those plans fell through and the Australia opportunity presented itself (i.e. I needed to use up my vacation days before the end of May) I figured, “aaaah MIGHT AS WELL! Because if not now, then WHEN?” and booked my plane ticket to land of Koala bears (there’s also something very thrilling about booking a last minute trip to a far away place). PLOT TWIST: Australia far exceeded my expectations – what a STUNNING country!!!! If it’s not on your priority list of places to see in your lifetime, you need to add it. Flights to Oz will never be really “cheap” so you need to make peace with that now and trust me when I say it’s worth every penny.

We flew into Sydney and then backpacked up the coast to Noosa/Fraser Island, Airlie Beach, and Cairns. I’ll (hopefully) share those pictures too but for now here are some snaps of our little jaunt to the Blue Mountains.

While in Sydney, we met up with some friends from Alberta who were gallivanting through Australia as well, so we hopped in their adventure mobile, Sam, and drove up to Katoomba for the day.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters
Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

The clouds cleared for a BRIEF minute and I quickly snapped a few pictures of the 3 sisters!

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, 3 Sisters

Despite missing the memo re: Zombie Apocalypse, this day was one of my favourite parts of the trip! Our heads were literally in the CLOUDS!

XO, MC

Natural Chaos

ImageElbow Falls, Bragg Creek.

Back in June, Southern Alberta was devastated by catastrophic flooding. I was displaced from my apartment for a week, but thankfully (miraculously?) our street remained untouched. However, Bragg Creek was one of the areas that wasn’t so lucky. In spite of Mother Nature’s wrath, it was so heartwarming to see the strength, generosity, and resilience of this province!

Anyways, it was a refreshing change of pace to get out of the city on such a beautiful day. Summer is on its way out but I’m not ready to let go just yet.

<3 MC

hipster withdrawal

Last weekend I was able to cross an item off my bucket list and finally attend Coachella :) I’m a victim of live music so I kind of had a field day and loved every minute of it; Sunday Sandstorm included, it’s all part of the experience :S amirite? JK, I lie. The sandstorm was miserable but I was determined to make the most of it, especially because Red Hot Chili Peppers were headlining. Dusty and devoted. 

Rather than posting pictures of what I wore because truthfully, I don’t have any proper outfit photos, lemme tell you about all awesome sets I saw because this post is all about dat music! I know, I know, BOO HISS… festival fashion is all the rage these days but I just couldn’t be bothered in 40C desert heat, YOUKNOW?!

Day 1:  Stars, Metric, Of Monsters & Men, Passion Pit, Local Natives, Modest Mouse, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band of Horses (I reeeeeally needed a nap at this point), Jurassic 5, The Stone Roses, Tegan & Sara

Day 2: Grizzly Bear, The Postal Service, The xx, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix

Day 3: The Lumineers, Tanlines, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Wu-Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers

For a few of the bands above, I was only able to catch a few songs from their sets (and missed some others) because there’s just so much going on and so many excellent bands playing at the same time, it’s something you just have to make peace with at Coachella. It would’ve been cool to see: Wild Nothings, Hot Chip, Guards, White Arrows, Gaslight Anthem, Hanni El Khatib, FOALS, Smith Westerns, Wombats, Janelle Monae, and La Roux. Luckily I can catch everything I missed (and relive some of the magic of last weekend) on the YouTube this weekend, THANK YOU INTERNET!!!!

PS – I got to hold the line of balloons – yes, THE balloons! – and it was pretty much the highlight of my weekend.

Last weekend motivated me to violently recommit to music with the same vigor I had as a teenager. Overall, ’twas a successful musical weekend in Indio and I sure hope that Coachella & I can meet again in the future :D Will maybe post more pictures once I upload them off my camera. Maybe. HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

<3 MC

Vancouver Food-Crawlin’

I tend to plan my trips around food as a result of spending a keen amount of time watching the Food Network and reading food blogs. So whenever I visit Vancouver aka foodie heaven, I strategically map out all the eatery places around all of the sights and activities that I want to do — LOGISTICS!

{ Meat & Bread – Porchetta }

{ Cartems Donuterie – Earl Grey & Makers Bourbon Bacon }

{ Havana – Mojitos }

{ Burgoo – Gooey Cheese Grillers & Crab Bisque }

{ Lucky’s Donuts – Peanut Butter & Jelly }

{ Save-On-Meats – Breakfast Sandwich }

{ Cactus Club x English Bay – Refreshing beverages on the patio}

{ La Tacqueria – Asada, Al Pastor, Pescado, and Pollo Con Mole }

{ Tacofino – Fish Tacos }

Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of ALL the food I consumed. Pretty sure I’m a prime candidate for the “Asians Taking Pictures of Food” Tumblr“!

<3 MC

The Chief

I generally don’t enjoy traditional forms of exercise i.e. gyms, running, etc. But I’m all for climbing mountains in exchange for gorgeous scenic views. Like Calgary, Vancouver’s close proximity to mountains makes for easy day trips for outdoorsy hiking excursions. So fantastic! On this years summer to-do list, I set out to the hike The Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC.

{ Our undertaking for the day }

{ Halfway up the first peak – TREES on TREES on TREES }

{ First Peak }

 { View of the First Peak from the Second Peak }

{ On top of the Third Peak… First & Second Peak over yonder }

The beginning half of the first peak was probably the most arduous leg of the hike, think: nightmare-ish flashbacks of the Grouse Grind (steep staircases and audibly gasping for air because your lungs feel like they’re going to explode), but the views from Peak one & two were breathtaking and well worth it. We begrudgingly made it to the top of the third peak too because “climbing down from the third peak will be easier than climbing down the second”, they said. “FALSE!” I exclaimed, while swinging from tree vines and scrambling down rocks and logs and boulders. Growing longer legs is on my list of things to do, don’t worry about it.

<3 MC

Coal Harbour

Walking along Coal Harbour is so dreamy — beautiful views of the ocean AND mountains?! Sign me up! I’m fairly certain that there’s a positive correlation between ones happiness and their proximity to large bodies of water.

It’s also been brought to my attention that I need a yacht or friends with said yachts. But anyways, walking along the harbour can get really “tiring”, so you should head over to Carderos and reward yourself with some refreshing Red Wine Sangria.

<3 MC