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100+ MOMENTS FROM 2019

I only started creating these lists a few years ago, but this is the first time I’ve been able to put down over 100.

Over 100 things that I’ve loved about my year.

Over 100 things to be grateful for.

Over 100 moments that reminded me why I love my life…

1. Drove down to Canberra to surprise my friend for a late Christmas

2. Took a girls trip to Nelson’s Bay to start off the year. Our AirBnB was right beside the beach!

3. Hiked up to Nelson’s Bay Lighthouse for sunrise

4. Visited the Carriageworks installation

5. Had my friend from my 2016 Contiki trip visit me in Sydney from the UK

6. Dressed up extra for Laneway Music Festival to see Ruby Fields, What So Not, Skegss, Yellow Days, Methyl Ethyl, Middle Kids, Courtney Barnett and Gang of Youths

7. Started learning Spanish 

8. Got my second tattoo, the Creation of Adam – inspired by my first trip to Italy in 2016

9. Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach walk

10. Saw Eminem and Hilltop Hoods perform at his 2019 Rapture tour

11. Went bushwalking in Royal National Park

12. Saw Hockey Dad live

13. Went to my first festival in Manly – The Drop – and moshed in the pouring rain to The Jungle Giants, Hockey Dad (again) and Angus & Julia Stone

14. Saw Middle Kids live

15. Saw Mallrat live 

16. Started going to the Ice Dogs Hockey Games again (season returned)

17. Flew business class to/from the Philippines with PAL

18. Went swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, The Philippines

19. Jumped off of Kawasan Falls 

20. Stayed in my own perfect villa at the Crimson Resort and Spa

21. Visited the Chocolate Hills in Bohol

22. Drove through Bilar Man-made forest

23. Cruised down Loboc River with an onboard buffet lunch 

24. Visited the world’s smallest primates! The tiny Tarsiers!

25. Made chocolate with The Philippines Chocolate Queen

26. Visited the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

27. Stayed on the unknown island of Koh Samet

28. Watched an incredible fire-dancing show while enjoying a traditional Thai meal

29. Stayed in akyra Thonglor Bangkok Boutique Hotel which had a secret bar and a rooftop pool

30. Went on a VIVID cruise around Sydney Harbour

31. Tried some delicious souffle pancakes and a red velvet latte at Fika by Cuppa Flower

32. Discovered a new love for Bubble Milk Tea

33. Flew to Athens with my two best friends

34. Flew through Muscat – near Yemen (I hope you watch Friends cause we do)

35. Climbed up Lycabettus Hill in got the best view in Athens (read about it here)

36. Visited the Temple of Zeus

37. Explored the Panathenaic Stadium

38. Started a Greek Island Hopper tour with Busabout

39. Developed a new love for Greek Salads and Pita Bread

40. Met up with our new Busabout group at a rooftop bar in Athens – Acropolis views!

41. Checked into Paraga Beach Hostel and chilled out by the pool for Happy Hour

42. Played catch with some random travellers at the pool

43. Flopped around like seals trying to get back onto the buoy at the beach

44. Took the bush trail over to Paradise Beach Club for a night of cocktails and dancing

45. Went for an evening swim at Paradise Beach Club

46. Went into Mykonos Town and explored the Cobblestone Streets and the Windmills

47. Hiked up to 180 Sunset Bar for cocktails with the perfect view over Mykonos 

48, Relaxed by the pool at our Paros accommodation

49. Took a walking tour around Paros

50. Tried the best strawberry daiquiris in Greece

51. Had a traditional Greek meal before smashing some plates and learning to dance

52. Went on a day cruise through Anti-Paros and swam through the Make a Wish Cave (my wish came true!)

53. Went cliff-jumping in Anti-Paros

54. Went to Saloon D’or to watch Emily do the 10shot challenge for her Muff Diving shirt

55. Sang some Blink182 at a karaoke bar 

56. Checked into the AMAZING Suites of the Gods Cave & Spa in Santorini

57. Hung out by the infinity pool with some delicious fruity cocktails

58. Had a traditional Greek dinner with our Busabout family by sunset

59. Went clubbing in Santorini – we started at MoMix for some molecular mixology

60. Took part in the 7shot challenge at Highlander Bar 

61. Went to Tropical Bar to finish off with evening views over Santorini’s caldera

62. Went to Perissa Beach and watched the boys go cliff diving

63. Hiked to Red Beach for a swim

64. Took in the cloudy views with a delicious wine tasting at Santo Winery

65. Enjoyed dinner atop Oia Castle for the famous sunset

66. Took my friends to my behind-the-scenes spot – over the barbed wire fence into the castle ruins for a private view over Oia’s sunset

67. Woke up early to enjoy our infinity pool again

68. Checked into Far Out Beach Club in Ios, our room had a view over the club&beach!

69. Had pre-drinks by our room with our Busabout family before heading out

70. Took part in multiple 7 shot challenges and a few body shots

71. Took two slammer shots at Slammer Bar – I got a mallet and the fire extinguisher!

72. Tried the flower shot at Alt Bar! (It made your mouth go tingly!) 

73. Jumped on a boat and swam through some caves and down to a shipwreck in Ios

74. Went to SHUSH Bar – my favourite silent disco!

75. Took a very long walk back to Far Out trying to get our friend home HAha

76. Fell asleep at breakfast in Ios – got some lovely photos haha

77. Spent one last dinner together in Athens before departing our Busabout group

78. Visited the Acropolis

79. Got a new tattoo in Athens – inspired by my Greek travels

80. Made my way to Split in Croatia and went up Marjan Hill for sunset

81. Climbed the Cathedral of St. Mark’s bell tower 

82. Got onto my liveaboard boat and met my new Busabout fam for our Island Hopping Tour

83. Cruised to Stari Grad in Hvar for a Hora Winery tour and tasting – they had donkeys!

84. Enjoyed our daily morning swim stop with our many many floaties

85. Headed to Hvar and hiked up to the Spanish Fortress

86. Enjoyed Happy Hour on our boat (with the best bartender ever Dino!) and then headed out to Kiva Bar for some Tequila Boom shots

87. Rode a bike around Mljet’s national park

88. Took a Game of Thrones Walking tour in Dubrovnik – King’s Landing!

89. Went up to the famous Basketball court in Dubrovnik

90. Went up the cable car to take in the views from above Dubrovnik

91. Headed out to Revelin Bar to see Fat Boy Slim!

92. Visited Korcula, the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo

93. Hiked up the bell tower in Korcula 

94. Had a delicious dinner with panoramic views over Korcula

95. Went out at Dos Locos

96. Relaxed down at the beach in Makarska before having a few beers at Buba Beach Bar

97. Got dressed up for our Pirate Party at Deep Makarska for the Rave in a Cave

98. Watched our Bartender party harder than ourselves before passing out! Hahaha

99. Went and saw the Lion King with the remaining Busabout family after the tour ended

100. Took a day trip out to Plitvice Lakes for a walk in the rain

101. Went out to Charlie’s Bar and InBox with the Busabout boys and my roommate

102. Did somebody say holiday romance? 😍

103. Flew to Naples and explored the markets and Castel Nuovo

104. Took a day trip out to Capri and went up the chair lift

105. Took a boat tour around the island (sadly the Blue Grotto was closed)

106. Went on a tour of Pompeii and learnt a little bit of the history

107. Hiked up Mt Vesuvius!

108. Spent the morning down at Marina Grande Beach in Sorrento

109. Hiked down to the Baths of Queen Giovanna

110. Took an Amalfi Coast day tour and walked down to Positano Beach

111. Enjoyed some of the local produce – lemon sorbet inside a frozen lemon

112. Got lost in Amalfi and discovered the incredible neighbouring Atrani

113. Took in the views from the town of Ravello 

114. Made a new friend and got dressed up to explore Positano by night

115. Enjoyed dinner and cocktails with a view over Positano

116. Developed a new taste for Moscow Mules

117. Started the Walk of the Gods hike (started amazing, then I got lost…NIGHTMARE) ~ read about it here

118. Went out clubbing at Music on the Rocks

119. Spent the day relaxing on Positano Beach and eating pizza

120. Explored Castel St Elmo in Naples

121. Flew to Cagliari in Sardinia and explored the cute little town

122. Headed to Poetto Beach to soak in the last of the sun in Sardinia (the sun here is crazy! I came back to  my AirBnb an entirely new shade haha)

123. Made my way to Trevi Fountain in Rome for the umpteenth time and threw in some coins

124. Wandered around Rome, by the Pantheon and the Colosseum 

125. Went gelato hopping 

126. Wandered down to the Sistine Chapel (it was closed on a Sunday) but having my Creation of Adam tattoo made it feel all the more special

127. Flew to Brisbane for the first time and met up with the boys from my Croatia sail

128. Reunited with my old Contiki roommate from 2016

129. Went out clubbing in Fortitude Valley with the boys from Croatia

130. Took in the panoramic views from Mount Coot-Tha with Reece from Croatia

131. Took a quick roadtrip down to Burleigh Heads for a picnic by the beach with some amazing pizza and great company

132. Reconnected with old family friends

133. Reconnected with a friend from High School 

134. Went to do the colour run with my Mum

135. Went to A Day for The Beaches Festival and saw Eagle Eye Jones, Dear Seattle and Ocean Alley 

136. Got a new full-time job working at a local YHA (finally putting my Tourism Degree to use! haha)

137. Took a day trip to the Blue Mountains to hike out to Hanging Rock – incredible!

138. Met up with Eagle Eye Jones before watching them perform live (again haha)

139. Volunteered at the Good Things festival. Though I was told I might be needed for 5hours of work, after 2hours of putting on wristbands I asked to go on a break so that I could see Skegss perform. I was sent on my break early so I also saw The Veronicas, and was able to get right up front at the barrier for Skegss. Once I returned to see if they needed me to hop back on wristbands they ended up not needing anymore help. After that I was allowed free entry to the rest of the festival! I got to see Simple Plan, Falling in Reverse, Violent Soho, A Day to Remember, Simple Creatures and Parkway Drive. 

140. Painted with my friends for pres before going to see Eagle Eye Jones again

141. Spent Christmas with the girls for our yearly picnic at Carols in the Domain

142. Though the Lost Paradise festival was cancelled due to the NSW fires, me and my friends got together for a picnic down by the beach before going to a house party at North Head in Manly – the perfect place to watch the fireworks over the harbour towards the city…

You can see a lot more from these trips on my Instagram Highlights here!

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