My Toys R Us

As I hope you can tell from reading this blog, I love to travel. It’s simple really; I think there is nothing better in the world than traveling (actually food is up there pretty high)(and my family)(and my boyfriend)(oh, and friends too) (but you know what I mean!).

I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled so much this past year and by no means am planning to stop if an opportunity should arise, but I’m definitely ready to be a little more settled. I’ve had nothing to call my own this year except three suitcases filled with clothes, an overwhelming amount of paperback books and a bottle of mustard.

As romantic and adventurous as that may sound to some I’m about ready to invest in some day-to-day life stuff like a dining table, a coffee machine, a food processor, a comfortable pillow, a proper dream catcher, etc.  The first step has been to finally figure out where that settling would happen and it’s taking place in Melbourne, Australia. And I am filled to the brim with happiness and giggles! I am like a lost little girl are Toys R Us who doesn’t know she’s missing because she’s having too much fun. Except that little girl is not lost at all, that little girls home is Toys R Us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still living out of my suitcase right now but things are coming together. We’ve applied for a gorgeous, little apartment in Fitzroy and haven’t been turned down yet so that’s good (just found out someone beat us out by offering more money). We’ve gotten an adorable Mickey Mouse poster, our first piece of art. You probably think that sounds childish and weird, but we politely ask you to, “please take another look and analyze. See?”. We’ve also invested in a beautiful, old green chair; it was love at first that turned into a quick, impromptu marriage when I realized it was on sale.

Needless to say, this past year has been very on-the-go. I’ve tried to make time to share my experiences as much as possible, but am nowhere near finished! Because I still haven’t told you about Shake Shack in NYC (the fact my old roommate still hasn’t been drives me insane). I haven’t mentioned the grilled cheese at Outerlands in San Francisco, or the breakfast at OB House in Fort Lauderdale, or the inspired bread pudding Oprah* suggested I have from the Ice Box on Lincoln Road, Miami. I also feel it is my duty to tell you about the success I had while cooking with my mom in South Florida this past month, mostly thanks to Jamie Oliver. Oh and the sea lions in Santa Cruz and The Abbey in Boston. And that’s just my recent trip to the US. There are so many places to talk about from my summer in London and my birthday in Paris.

The exciting thing now is that while I want to take the time to reminisce, I also want to share all my findings back in Melbourne. I already have a list of places to visit I didn’t even know existed when I was here last. And as I move into a more certain lifestyle I can finally invest in my kitchen and cook up the type of storms I’m only brave enough to cook in my mom’s kitchen. My biggest cooking challenge now is planning and making a eatable Thanksgiving Feast because 1) it will be for people who have never celebrated Thanksgiving, and 2) because I don’t trust ovens.

I will stop babbling now, I’m just super excited about the future as well as the past and I wanted to share where it was I am at the moment!

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