|Me & Lina on the plane to Australia|
I can't believe that it's eight (!!!) years since me and Lina boarded that plane to Australia. It sounds like a lifetime, but it doesn't feel like that. Although...when I look back at it and what has happened since that cold February day, I realize that a LOT has happened. For example, Lina has worked on a dive boat, lived in London for a few years, moved back to Sweden, gotten married and had a baby boy. I've graduated from university, lived in Australia for five years, scored two pretty good jobs and organised the Harbour festival two summers in a row. Not bad, ey!? Time really does fly...
But hey, let's go back to 2005...
So yeah, me and Lina left Sweden for Australia in February 2005. I had been nagging Lina for ages, before she finally (luckily!) agreed to come with me and go backpacking in Australia. We organised Working Holiday visas, booked our flights and took off. Little did we know, how much this trip would change our lives...
We started our journey in Melbourne, where Lina's friends Daniel and Johan were living. For me, it was love at first sight. I loved Melbourne from the very first time I laid eyes on it. It's an amazing city!
After Melbourne we continued our trip up along the east coast. Some of the stops were: Sydney, Byron Bay, Noosa, Magnetic Island, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Airlie Beach and Cairns. Bloody awesome!
When we got to Cairns, Lina decided to stay there for the duration of her visa and I ended up going back to Melbourne and start university. You never know where life will take you, that's for sure!
I'm so happy Lina and me went on this trip. It was totally life changing!
If you are considering going backpacking, don't wait- just do it! I promise that you will not regret it!
|Being touristy in Sydney|
|Federation square in Melbourne|
|On our way to a hostel at Bondai Beach|
|At Steve Irwin's zoo "Australia zoo". I highly recommend it- it was fantastic. Probably one of the best zoos I've been too.|
|I believe this is at some hostel in Byron Bay. It's pretty great to stay at these hostels. Ok, so the standard is not 5 star hotel, but you meet so many interesting people from all over the world.|
|Out diving on the Great Barrier reef. NOTHING beats that. The best part of the trip!|
|At the legendary Woolshed in Cairns...|