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Midyear Review: Looking back on the last 6 months

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… as well as looking forrard to the side yesteryear side 6!  So what’s shaped the firstly one-half of 2015 as well as what possess got I got inward shop for the balance of the year?



TURNING 21 [JANUARY]
With my academy storey nether my belt , I had my 21st birthday to await forrard to!  I had ii birthday parties to celebrate inward January; a picnic inward Melbourne as well as political party inward Brisbane , amongst My Love organising a lovely , big storey inward Brisbane as well as organising an HP Lovecraft-themed bash amongst my friends.


A COUPLE OF ART SHOWS [FEBRUARY]
Most of you lot in all likelihood don’t know that I’m a practicing artist.  In the aftermath of my graduation demonstrate , I was invited to participate inward ii grouping shows that showcased highlights from the Melbourne fine art schoolhouse grad exhibitions.



GETTING ROSS RIVER FEVER [FEBRUARY]
On the weekend I caput northward to Brisbane for my birthday , I went away amongst a few musquito bites as well as got hitting amongst a pretty crude oil representative of Ross River Fever.  Several visits to infirmary inward Melbourne , almost certain I was dying , as well as the doctors didn’t know what was incorrect amongst me , because the virus isn’t seen inward Victoria. Unfortunately , I’m all the same suffering some of its persistent symptoms!



BUYING Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 ONE WAY TICKET TO LONDON [MARCH]
In March , I embarked on my firstly overseas trip.  Not solely was it the firstly fourth dimension I left my homeland , I’d forgone a provide ticket , as well as knew I’d live away from dwelling solid until September (at least)!



ROADTRIPPING AROUND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS [APRIL]
When it came to international locomote , Scotland was firstly on my listing to visit.  I don’t regret spending as well as thus long hither (almost ii months!) because I rapidly cruel inward honey amongst the rugged countryside , the people as well as spending mutual coldness nights sleeping inward the wilderness.



ABANDONING PLANS ON ORKNEY [MAY]
Leaving the car on Mainland Orkney , literally running for last-minute ferries as well as hiking from ane halt of islands to the other – this is how nosotros experienced Orkney.  We camped on the beach , made friends amongst seals nether dazzling pinkish sunsets , as well as establish a tracker that’d been attached to a basking shark inward the USA.



BACKPACKING IN NORWAY [JUNE]
In Glasgow , I reorganized my plans , posted my steal dwelling solid as well as bought a backpack.  I wanted the mobility that solely a backpack as well as tent could give me.  I hiked roughly the Lofoten Islands , rode the legendary Hurtigruten as well as climbed mountains inward the midnight sun.


SEEING WILD ORCA IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE [JUNE]
There’s something virtually seeing animals inward their natural surround that actually takes your breath away.  Seeing them completely yesteryear adventure is an extra thrill , an extra jounce of excitement.  Nicholas had stepped away from the car (for what nosotros normally refer to equally a ‘scenic wee’) for solely an instant earlier he was dorsum , shouting ‘KILLER WHALES! CAMERA!’ This was ane of the most enchanting moments of my life.



VISITING ICONIC LITERARY LOCATIONS
This powerfulness audio totally lame , but some of my favourite places possess got been those I’ve sought out for their literary significance.  The Elephant House café where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter , the Beatrix Potter see inward Perth , JM Barrie’s childhood dwelling solid close Glamis , Hans Christian Andersen’s museum inward Odense – I ticked a few off the listing inward the concluding few months! 



ARRIVING IN THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE [JULY]
Last calendar week , I arrived inward Republic of Iceland – my novel dwelling solid for the side yesteryear side fiddling while.  I’m completely enthralled yesteryear the landscape , the people… This actually signifies the showtime of a novel chapter for me. 

I’ve got a few big adventures on the horizon here.  Like I said , I’m an creative individual as well as Republic of Iceland is to a greater extent than than only a adventure to explore a novel province – I’m hither on an creative individual residency.  I’m living inward a commune amongst a handful of other artists for the side yesteryear side 3 months.

In ii weeks , Nicholas volition live proverb goodbye as well as heading dorsum to Commonwealth of Australia for operate , as well as I volition live all solitary inward this vast , exciting novel country.



In Oct , I’ll live showtime a trip dorsum dwelling solid – hopefully amongst a few stopovers on the way.  I’m thinking Bologna , Venice , Paris…


I’ve got a busy Christmas flavor amongst my lovely Lush squad awaiting me afterward Halloween.  I’ve got a soft dark truthful cat amongst fiddling white paws awaiting my return.  I’ve got hereafter report options tempting me to remain inward Melbourne a fiddling longer.  I’ve got a intense wish to gear upwards myself a tiny solid to alive in.  I’ve equally good got a burning feel of wanderlust to satisfy , though…

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