2018 – Six Months In…

Can you believe that the first 6 months of 2018 have come & gone!?! I really feel like the years are speeding by at this point. Anyway, I thought I would give a bit of a 6 month update on the year so far and share what is to come in for the rest of the year…

Travel

I guess I am lucky in that when I look back over the year so far I can say I have travelled a little bit – more so than some but definitely less than others. I try to do one big trip each year with a few, more local ones scattered throughout the year.

In the last 6 months I have been to Melbourne, Sydney & Christchurch plus a couple of local road trips.

Melbourne
Streets of Melbourne. Even though I have been loads before, I love discovering new parts of the city

Christchurch
I always love going home to Christchurch & when I get to go during Autumn, it’s even better!

Spring Bluff
Spring Bluff, west of Brisbane was a perfect location for a day trip over the Easter weekend

In the next 6 months I am heading on a Northern NSW road trip for a week in September and then my big trip of the year to Europe for 4 weeks in November. I would love to go back to Chch for Christmas, or over the Christmas break but that is for my finances to decide.

My plans for the November trip have changed a few times since this post but I am finally happy with the itinerary that I have settled on – which I will reveal in a future post. I also mentioned in that travel plans post that I would be going to Christchurch in September but my mum has said that I don’t need to come over for her birthday when I have a big trip planned for a couple of months later, so hence the Northern NSW road trip.

I am pretty excited about this one – I have an itinerary planned out but I haven’t booked any accommodation, which is a new concept to me. Basically I know where I would like to go but where I actually stay and how long for is completely up in the air.

Photography

I find that my photography style changes regularly – so does my editing style. But this year I have really tried to focus on street or urban photography, which I really enjoy.

Brisbane
Capturing moments like this – every day life – is one of my new favourite things

I get mad inspired by Instagram posts and one of my favourite new accounts is a young Brisbane based photographer who takes the most amazing photos of Brisbane City, that look like they could be anywhere other than Brisbane.

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This is the type of content I’d love to create but I have two things working against me –

1) Lately I am really only using my phone to take photos. That said, the phone can take some pretty amazing photos and I tend to have it with me all the time.

“The best camera is the one you have with you”
Jay Maisel

2) I am a lazy photographer. No seriously, I have been known to not even get out of the car to get a shot! I do like taking photos but sometimes the effort to get the ‘perfect shot’ is more than I am willing to go through. In saying that, I am also a very flukey kind of photographer. Sometimes I am just in the right place at the right time, and take full advantage of the moment.

Kangaroo point
One of the lucky photography moments I’ve had over the years

Marburg
One of my many “out the car window” photos

Concerts & Comedy

I will not go to a concert for years and then boom.. I will have two within a month of each other. Both very difference concert experiences but both Harry Styles & Imagine Dragons were amazing nights with good friends and fangirl moments.

Sydney
The one & only Harold Edward Styles

Imagine Dragons
The Imagine Dragons concert was insanely brilliant!

Upcoming, I am heading to Bill Bailey in October. Bill is one of my favourite comedians who tends to come over to Aussie every couple of years and he is freaking hilarious!!! I am hanging out for Danny Bhoy to announce another Australian tour but I did see him in London last year so I guess I can get by for a wee bit longer.

Learning to Love Brisbane

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with Brisbane. I really, really hate it in summer but only because of the heat – which to be fair is freaking extreme! But it is currently winter here and I am loving the city at the moment.

This year I have really tried to see more of Brisbane and to see parts I haven’t been before. This has been working pretty good so far but I definitely want to see more over the next 6 months. I am even putting together a Brisbane Bucket List of sorts.

Brisbane
Fortitude Valleyย “The Valley” is one of my favourite parts of Brisbane to explore

Brisbane
Always on the lookout for street art & Brisbane does have some cool pockets of it around

Brisbane
Teneriffe, a suburb located next to the Brisbane River, is an area that I haven’t been before this year.. verdict.. I love it!!

Brisbane
Loved this piece I found at Teneriffe

So there you have it, my 6 month update.

What have you gotten up to over the past 6 months? Do you have something you are looking forward to during the rest of the year?

10 comments

  1. You are having such a wonderful six months and I hope you continue so for the next six. And i totally agree, its so hard to get the perfect shot mainly because everyone around you can get so antsy over 10 seconds HAHA

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  2. I love your photos! Though I’m sure you already know that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been taking it pretty easy for the past 6 months as far as trips go… I went snowboarding in West Virginia (spur of the moment “Spring Break” trip), I went to Baltimore in march for my birthday, and went horseback riding/camping in the mountains of Tennessee for a weekend… actually that’s a lot for me. Yay! I just feel like I’ve been all-consumed with wedding prep. 5 weeks to go and then off to Belize for a week!!

    I’m looking forward to your post about your upcoming trip. I’m curious as to what you decided on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I used to live in Love Street in Spring Hill. I had a film camera then – not that there was any alternative in those days – and I’m sure I took some photos of the area. It was colourful then, and I doubt much has changed.

    Except there’d be more street art around. I am amazed by some of the talent on display nowadays. And it needs to be recorded. Someone tags over the top, or the council paints the wall, or the “thing” is removed or replaced.

    Brisbane in winter is heavenly. Weatherwise, at any rate. I guess Christchurch is much the same as Canberra in winter; not all that pleasant to be outside without some serious layering going on. But for me, I love getting up to Queensland in the winter. I can walk along the beach in shorts, along with all the other pasty-skinned southerners.

    Summers, not so much. Some days I’d walk home and it would be an oven. A thunderstorm every afternoon, and the evenings would be cool, the thick air heavy with scent from the subtropical gardens. Nothing like a carpet of fresh jacaranda under your feet, or a quiet drink with friends on a dark verandah.

    Love Street had all of that. The whole street was lined with jacarandas and old Queenslanders with a bit of a view over parkland. Then again, I spent a lot of time battling with cockroaches and mosquitoes, so it wasn’t all paradise!

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    • Oh awesome!! I will add Love Street to my jacaranda hunting season list ๐Ÿ™‚ I do know that area a little but haven’t really explored around there much but I definitely love the Fortitude Valley area and need to explore Spring Hill a bit more, especially because of the historic houses – which I love.

      Yes summer here is horrid! Chch is very much like Canberra in the winter with the added pleasure of the Antarctic southerly wind that cuts right through you. Very icy mornings where you have to scrap the ice off your windscreen with your credit card.. haha good times! I definitely do not complain about the chilliness of Brisbane in winter – even though you are going from a 26 overnight to a 9 overnight haha

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