Even with the wind hammering my tent all night, I woke up feeling like I’d had a sleep in. And had another shower just for the heck of it. Today is going to be a good day. Last night Ghost had offered to take us into town, and as promised, he pulled up at 7am … Continue reading Day Six: 123.9 – 145.6km
I'm back, world. April through June saw a steady decline in my psyche. I couldn't pinpoint what was sapping my joy. I didn't know what exactly was causing my spirit to sink, or why I didn't feel like I could laugh anymore. Something was happening within me that I didn't like - but I didn't … Continue reading Storytelling
One year ago today, I was late for class. We had pencilled in a phone call for my drive in – we were always playing phone tag: me fluttering between with school, church, work, and adventures in my carefree life in Byron Bay; you busy with your super cute little man Ryan, mother’s groups (you … Continue reading Cathleen Cowie
I love you. I'll start right there. Every message, quick facetime call, comment, email... I know how busy the real world is; how easy it is to get caught up in another day; to say to yourself, "I'll send her that message later" and then not get around to it 'till the next day, or … Continue reading Día Veinticinco / Day Twenty Five
Today's post is a little different. It was written two nights ago on my last night in Morocco. I had to use my ereader, because it was too dark to use a pen and journal, and I didn't have wifi to post it straight away; hence the later publishing date. Welcome to my world... I'm … Continue reading Experiencing Heaven on My Last Night
I know I've mentioned Joffery, 'some Aussies we met in Fez', and a few different places I've travelled through during my three weeks in Morocco. However, I don't think that I have fully explained the tie between those three things... (This is the 'quick run down'). Let me start with Marrakech: we met two Australian … Continue reading Seriously – You, Again?!
A great man I know has a blog dedicated to sharing his devotions (shoutout to Phil, at ). To me, devos are pretty personal, as they are basically my prayers and thoughts and how I process stuff with God... I guess it's like a journal, which is why I'm so impressed that Phil puts his up … Continue reading My Daily S.O.A.P.
It sure feels like I am! I know I had said that I'd finish my post about that great day when I arrived in Tangier, but instead, I got sick. Super sick. My belly was feeling funky when we were in Chefchaouen, about to get on the bus to come to Tangier so I had … Continue reading Back From The Dead
Today was officially one of the best days of my life. Have I said that before? I feel as if I have said that before (and recently...). But seriously - today is one of the top ones for sure! I woke up to a message from one of the best chicks I know - Jemma … Continue reading The ‘Naomi Joy Jacket’, God’s Bridge and Joffery (Who is Actually Just Jack)
It started with a riot. A legit, locals vs. police, shouting, shoving, pushing, RIOT. But before you start freaking out - Mum, Dad, Karen, Zoe, Jules and all those wondering... Yes, I am safe. My few hours in Malaga after flying in from Prague were painful. I arrived at the Villa past 10:30PM, was locked … Continue reading “Suck It, Devil” – Kyle Carter
So last night when I was typing up about my rainy day the guy next to me kept looking over... And eventually asked where I was from. "Sydney, Australia." "Oh. Okay. I was wondering, because I wanted to know where such a beautiful girl came from." Smooth buddy. Except I'm not interested. And reaching over, taking … Continue reading Where Are You From?
Nope, I have not lost my incredible sense of humour! Neither has God, apparently. So in YWAM we learnt a lot about hearing from God. In Morocco in particular, we spent a lot of time honing in our listening skills; listening for guidance on all sorts of things from walking left or right at an intersection, … Continue reading Should Have Czeched the Weather
So, as I mentioned earlier, when I rocked up to this hostel there was a group reading their Bibles in the lobby area. They were absolutely lovely, and I ended up sitting in on a few of their meetings/over breakfast, and making friends. Then I met a beautiful couple from Chermside (QLD, Australia for all … Continue reading My Divine Coordinator
I started off today pretty proud of myself. Let's be honest - I spent just about ALL of today being proud of myself. My first day alone for the year. I had booked my travel arrangements and hostel weeks in advance, I had packed muesli, frozen yogurt, apples, chocolate, my favourite mug and a few … Continue reading NotSoGenius Joy
My bags are packed. My hair has been washed for the last time for seven days. I just spent five minutes picking the sultanas out of my ziplock bag of muesli (airport meals are ridiculously priced). Next stop, Prague. I'm open to every adventure and challenge before me - I'm just hoping that there aren't … Continue reading No More Snails
Whooooah, that is a corny title. But really, it's true. I just said goodbye to eleven of the best people I know (two still to go) - some I will see again before I head home, some I will see back in Australia, some I'm hoping my path will cross with again this side of heaven. … Continue reading The First Day of the Rest of My Life
Less than 24 hours to go, and we've ended with a bang!Our last week in Rabat was absolutely incredible.We arrived in the villa Wednesday night, and first thing Thursday morning the police showed up on our doorstep! They grilled Zoe and Will about what we were doing, are we re1igious, why is there such a … Continue reading Thanks for the Ride, YW4M!
Yes, it has been a long while since I posted something. In my defence, I did write out a couple different updates, but they never got finished, so I never actually clicked the 'Publish Post' button. My bad.Don't worry - everything has been fine.That is, if you don't count the p0lice showing up on our doorstep … Continue reading Winding Down (Sort Of…)
Life has been pretty busy on this end.. We had to move places over the weekend, with a day's notice. Even though the new apartment is only twenty minutes away from our first hostel here, moving fourteen people into two new places on Ea5ter Sunday, complete with a sunrise service, Sunday Ea5ter Chrch service and … Continue reading Tuesday Afternoon
Did I mention we live by a free zoo? Well, we do. It's about an eight minute walk away from our hotel, and guess what... THEY HAVE LLAMAS! There are two of them - I didn't get formal introductions, but I have a feeling that they are called Archibald and Franklin. Archie was a bit … Continue reading I Was Kissed By a Llama
Two quick snaps of life in Tangier: Cafes line the main streets - this is a sneaky shot I got to try and give an idea of what it feels like walking past these rows and rows of men every day! The bakeries are bizarre, in that they have bees that live there - the bees … Continue reading
The journey continues. Not sure how much time I'll have on wi-fi, so this is a real quick one just to let you know that we're doing well, have loved our time in Tangier these past two weeks, and are hopping on a train this evening to take us down to Agadir. Also not sure … Continue reading Still Alive and Kicking
As most people reading this haven't been to Morocco, here's something I found surprising/interesting about life here:The cafés are for men only. Basically all of them have this 'No Girls Allowed' rule. We're super SUPER lucky to have our apartment right next to one of the cafés that does let girls in - because there … Continue reading Coffee or Tea, Gentlemen?
I know we're not supposed to have favourites with children, but let's be honest... We generally do. At the orph4nage we're spending time at, there is one boy who has captured my heart. Let's call him Sam. Sam is twelve months old, and blind. He can't stand or kneel or really take any weight on … Continue reading My Friend Sam
Hey there. About time I checked in huh!We got here fine - actually, better than fine. We had a ROYAL welcome!!! Crossed the border, piled 14 of us into three taxis for an hour and half drive, and along the way, there were Moroccan flags everywhere and police at basically EVERY intersection. We started seeing cars … Continue reading Safe and Sound
Spain is lovely! Shame we have to say goodbye so early, but I am looking forward to the next leg of this wild ride. We have just spent a week outside of Malaga in a gorgeous villa (with hot water, yew!). We've been debriefed, learnt some Arabic basics, sent out on a 'scavenger hunt' to … Continue reading Going Down, Down, Down, Down
So... We made it to Spain! Officially checked off the fifth continent I have now travelled through/in. Over the past 48 hours I have eaten Belizean food in Belize, Mexican food in Mexico, and dinner is about to be served in the villa we are staying at in Spain. Anyhow, we only have five days … Continue reading S’il Vous Plaît
Today marks the end of my last full day in San Pedro, Belize. As much as leaving tomorrow to embark on this crazy adventure is pretty awesome, it also means I'll have to say goodbye to a lot of amazing people. I want to thank each and every staff member at YW4M Destination Paradise for … Continue reading Drawing to a Close
Well, it's official. I'm about to go to bed, which means that Monday is nearly over, which means that I only have two full days left, which means that I have to say goodbye to Destination Paradise, the Caribbean, and my family that I have made here, in just under 63 hours. How did that … Continue reading Sixty-Three Hours