Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Perpetual High School

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I have now been working a 9-5 ish job for 1.5 years and I have recently transitioned to another department in the company. I have come to realise that life/ work is just like highschool. This is definitely not revolutionary but it has been an interesting revelation.

I spent a lot of highschool hoping to reach the 'real world' however I have come to the realisation that high school never truly ends!

These are just from my experiences in the department I have worked in for the last 11 months and probably / possibly not reflective of all workplaces.

1) Cliques
I was never in the 'cool' crowd during highschool; in fact I was in the quiet, over achieving friendship group. Cliques are so prevalent at work and the 'cool kids' are definitely the ones who progress professionally. It is partly because they network, but also because birds of the same feather flock together. Naturally, I am not a cool kid at work either!

2) Gossip
Everyone is such a gossip and the grapevine is a very well used form of communication. I have learnt things from other offices / people I've never met / people I know and it has been a little weird. A few months ago I found out the project manager who sits 3 desks away from me had sex in the stairwell at work. YES. REALLY.

3) Drinking
Why are all social outings closely linked with drinking? I have never been much of a drinker however, over the past few years I have almost entirely cut it out. I don't have a reason; it simply is just not part of my lifestyle and I don't feel compelled to have a drink. Cue awkward social situations at work. Honestly it gets a little tiring. Although some people are okay with it, there is still a large portion of people who have the same mentality as those 18 year olds, "but come on! Why don't you drink??" And more importantly, why would I want to get drunk in front of people I work with? That is the question that I would love an answer to. Honestly, if anyone could explain the rationale behind the shennanigans that happen at Christmas parties I would also be forever grateful.
Thursday, 24 November 2016

Melbourne

I had 30 hours in Melbourne however that was enough time for me. This was my fourth visit to Melbourne and there wasn't anything that I really wanted to see in the CBD that I had not seen before.

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I loved the borek from this store last time I visited Melbourne. As you can see in the photo from then and the one now, the dough is a lot thicker now. Since my trip to Turkey in 2015, I also tasted what a REAL borek should taste like and I think neither of them are very authentic. But definitely not the one I had that day, almost like a pide but not! 

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This was my eleventh trip as part of #take12trips. To see previous trips please click here.
Sunday, 20 November 2016

Victoria Roadtrip: Canola Chasing II

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Victoria Roadtrip: Canola Chasing

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I had been wanting to find canola fields for the past few years to photograph. Canola or rapeseed results in gorgeous yellow flowers when they bloom in September - October. The canola fields in NSW are located around 4 hours [one way] away from Sydney which was why I hadn't made the journey to them. However in Victoria, they are only 2 hours away from Melbourne CBD and therefore it was a lot more convenient to visit them.

On an early Sunday morning after I woke up in my car, I headed west to the canola fields.

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Where I slept for the night. The first time I have car camped in suburbia. 

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Victoria Roadtrip: Lavandula Lavender Farm

On the way to Ballarat, I stopped at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm. The 100 acre property was once farmed by Swiss-Italians who came to Australia in the 1850s.

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Victoria Roadtrip: Bendigo

After Heathcote, I continued my journey to Bendigo. I didn't have any particular reason to head to Bendigo, but I had thought it might be nice to see some of the larger cities in Victoria. It also gave me the opportunity to pop into the supermarket to grab some supplies.

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Bendigo Joss House Temple

I stopped first at the Joss House Temple however I probably should have done a bit more research. Rather than a proper active temple, it was more a museum about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo during the Gold Rush. I didn't end up paying for admission as that wasn't really up my alley and headed to the town centre instead.

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Victoria Roadtrip: Heathcote

Over the Labour long weekened back in late September, I flew down to Melbourne as a little getaway. As you may be able to guess, I like to spend my long weekends away and make the most of it. In the past I went to Riverina region, Capertee Valley and Port Stephens. I decided on Melbourne for two reasons: [1] To meet my work colleague for the first time and her new baby and [2] I was running out of ideas of places to visit near Sydney.

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Eating McDonalds at the airport is part of my airport ritual, especially for long haul flights. I have eaten at so many McDonalds at the airport over the world because its comforting. I am not the best flyer and plane food is always a bit hit and miss, but Maccas tastes virtually the same everywhere.

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On Saturday morning, I picked up my rental car and commenced my roadtrip!

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Identity Crisis

I was quite ill for most of October and spent many days in bed. Truth be told, I cannot remember the last time that I was that ill. I was out for the count for a week and it has now been 3 weeks since then and I am still on the recovery path. I had a fever one day at work, left early and then the next morning my tonsils were so inflamed and painful. I then lost my voice for a few days and subsequently endured the same coughing fits that I had in Europe. I had interrupted sleep for over a week due to my painfully inflamed tonsils, coughs, phlegm and just general discomfort.

I normally get quite anxious when I am around people who are sick because I genuinely get scared of having the same fits. This time around, I was impacted greater than the time in Europe which I didn't think was possible. I don't believe I blogged about it but my persistent coughs resulted in a strain near the bottom of my right ribs which was incredibly painful. It took a month for the pain to subside fully and the experience has scared me a little. Unfortunately, I experienced a lot more chest pain / strains due to persistent coughing for over 2 weeks. I suppose my body was being 'kind' and the pain points rotated every morning. Some days it was the entire front area of my chest, sometimes it was the back, sometimes the sides and it rotated again. Irrespective of the area, it felt like something was stabbing me. The pain is currently around my shoulder blades and it has been for a while. Thankfully it is no longer a sharp pain but a dull and annoying ache when I cough  / breathe / move. For a while, my mere existence was painful, quite literally.

As you may gather from my blog, I find it hard to sit still. I am always planning what to do on weekends and things that I want to see and do. It was quite hard for me mentally to cope with being that sick. I had no energy and was literally in bed or on the couch all day. I honestly felt as though I had lost my identity which sounds like such a silly thing. I knew that I would get better, but it did make me wonder 'what if' I didn't, then who was I really? Then I couldn't answer that question which scared me a little. I have created my identity that is so intertwined with going on adventures and experiencing life that I don't know what I would be without them. I know that life is short and that is why I try to do as much as I can, when I can. However, it has sometimes crossed my mind that I sometimes - ironically - create stress by thinking that I am not living life to the fullest even though I know I generally do.

The funny thing is that after my trip to Mongolia, I had the feeling that I was over exerting myself and needed to have some downtime. For the past few months I have been bouncing from one thing to another and perhaps it was my body signalling that it wanted things to slow down a little.

I still have a cough but it is largely a non event now. I still have pain and I know that it will take a while to subside. This will mean that I will be taking it relatively easy for the rest of the year. I suppose it is also easy to meet that goal considering we are only 2 months away from the end of the year - madness! Well that is until my week long trip to Tasmania over Christmas which I am super excited about!