WANDERLUST; Barcelona

Posted in europe, spain, travel with tags , , on June 15, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

The highlight of Barcelona is the Gaudi architecture.

He designed and built Park Güell in Barcelona – a perfect place for a picnic and architectural feast.

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WANDERLUST; Spain Tour

Posted in europe, spain, travel with tags , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I met up with mum in Madrid and two days later we started a one week tour around Spain.

The Spanish fields.

We went to six cities and it was the most hectic week I have had since I began my trip. Here are my favourite photos and moments:

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WANDERLUST; Lisbon

Posted in europe, portugal, travel with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Life slowed down once I arrived in Portugal.

It was a warm humid night and riding through the city in a taxi confirmed that I’d reached the chilled out part of my holiday. I had been away from home for nine weeks but arriving in Lisbon meant it was time to properly unwind and gear up for the European summer.

The Portuguese are kind and relaxed with a very witty sense of humour.

I explored Lisbon on the first day with two South Africans I’d made friends with at breakfast.

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WANDERLUST; Stockholm

Posted in europe, sweden, travel with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I visited Stockholm in 2008 on my first Europe trip. Since then, the memory of the grand harbour flashed in my head every time I felt that “I need to get away and fulfil my wanderlust longing A.S.A.P” pang in my heart (and gut).

Stockholm was where, at 18 and whilst drowning in the unreasonable and illogical emotions most just-out-of-highschool teenagers feel, I first felt inner peace and became truly excited for life. I remember the moment so clearly; sitting in the central square in the Gamla Stan and it dawned on me – I alone am responsible for my own happiness. It sounds silly, and obvious – duh – we control our own thoughts which leads to our overall contentment with life and so on, but I’d like to think I grew up five big steps in that moment.

This Bob Moaward quote explains it perfectly:
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey.” 

Fast forward to May 16, 2011 and I arrived at Stockholm Central station from Gothenburg. Upon getting out of the train a big grin spread across my face, it was ridiculously humid but I didn’t care because I owed this city a big thank-you.

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WANDERLUST; Gothenburg

Posted in europe, sweden, travel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Sweden is a beautiful and elegant country with dense forest.

Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is a city on the west side of Sweden that is small enough to be explored entirely by foot. It has been likened to Melbourne, in that it is the country’s centre of art, music and culture. Upon learning that The Knife, The Tough Alliance and José González all came from Göteborg proved to me that I needed to visit this city.

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WANDERLUST; Copenhagen

Posted in denmark, europe, travel with tags , , , , on May 29, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I went to Copenhagen to visit my friend Jane, who is studying nursing there for the semester.

Copenhagen is a typical middle European city featuring bikes and cobblestone streets yet it doesn’t seem to have any unique features.

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WANDERLUST; Why I love Berlin

Posted in europe, germany, travel with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

I love Berlin because it’s accepting, quirky and makes me feel good. As soon as you arrive it kisses you on the mouth, places a cheap beer in your hand and tells you you’re a mega babe – but only if you have your own unique sense of style and show that you’re dressing for yourself.

Berliners really respect people who are doing what they want, because they want to, and they despise anyone telling them what to do. To anyone living to fulfill others needs Berlin says “Don’t waste your time purely existing! Wake the fuck up and live! ” – and yes, that bluntly.

The suburbs of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg have the highest concentration of eclectic individuals and are the areas with the best cafes, bars and nightlife.

Friedrichshain is my favourite area because at any time of the day or night you can find somewhere to dance, drink, eat cheap yet delicious food and the atmosphere is really chilled out yet exciting because new places to hangout are opening every day. Continue reading