Springbrook, Gold Coast, QLD = a suberb gulp of nature

Just an hour and a half from urban Brisbane, lays this gorgeous lush serenity of virgin rainforest, waterfalls, cockatoos, lizards (and yes, snakes), colourful bugs, all wrapped up in the smell of wood and red soil. You can make the most of it by going with someone you love…

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Tasmania

This was a blissful week of spontaneous walks, decisions and the freedom to listen to my heart.

Yes, I still woke up at 5 am every morning but only to meditate gazing at the sunrise through the window from my beautiful hotel overlooking the harbour. And yes, I still attended and presented at a conference but it was a breeze, and I chose only the sessions that truly interested me or even better, didn’t plan to attend, just happened to be there and always ended up at the best ones. I explored hidden cafes, spoke to very interesting people, went to a dinner all alone (still a bit weird) and walked, and walked.

How about transferring vacation mind to everyday reality? On it!

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date thursdays

we feel like little thieves every Thursday morning when we drop off Sami to kindy, and instead of heading to the office, we head to… a date! No lipstick and heels, no fine dinner and bubbly, no dancing and midnight swims…those are long forgotten (for now, until Sami is off to college calling his parents on the weekend only to get to their voice mail, a-haa!).

We now go for a much humbler experience. A minute or two of uninterrupted coffee. We order, we sit, we wait, we gaze at each other, filled with the effort of recognizing and slowly remembering WHO that person was, how their hands felt, what their voice was, and then we are just walking and talking, and then some more talking. We sometimes have lunch, we sometimes have a picnic by the river, we go watch a movie. We even had a couple’s massage.
Then Stoyan goes for a late shift at the emptying campus. I pick Sami up, holding him a tad stronger, sniffing his hair a tad longer.

these are our date days. we like them.

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let’s take a walk (New Farm)

The top few reasons why we settled down in Newstead – a beautiful suburb by the Brisbane river:

1. The river walks
2. The parks
3. The quirky cafes
4. Walking to Uni and work is about 40 minutes – do-able!

There is a walk we particularly enjoy and try to do on a regular basis. I will take you there. Home-New Farm Powerhouse-Home:
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