Category Archives: Australia

Sydney, day two.


It’s my second day in Sydney, and I have good news and bad news.

Good news: I finally warmed up enough to brave the cold bathroom for a shower. With that plus the sleep, I’m feeling much more human.

Bad news: I am once again suffering from asymmetrical chipmunk syndrome.

Allow me to explain. I had my wisdom teeth taken out about a month ago, and everything went great until about two weeks out, when the bottom left socket got really swollen again and started oozing (sorry; nobody likes the word ‘ooze’). Being the microbiome-obsessed girl I am, I wanted to avoid antibiotics like the plague, so I pulled out all the natural remedy stops: salt water rinses, raw garlic on the inflamed gum (don’t recommend; feels like pouring battery acid on an open wound), bentonite clay, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil…everything. Unfortunately the raw garlic actually did burn my gum (imagine that!), but the swelling and oozing went away, and after my gum healed, I was fine. Hurray for crunchy home remedies! I win! Who needs antibiotics?

Well, fast forward two weeks. I think the flying and jet lag took a toll on my immune system, and towards the end of the day yesterday, I could feel my gum getting sore again. I just knew when I went to bed last night that this morning, my mouth would be swollen again, and sure enough: chipmunk cheek. Bummer. Read more →

First day in Australia!


Apparently the Jonas Brothers also have a song called Australia. This is becoming a strange trend.

Anyway…I’M IN AUSTRALIA. I’m actually here. In Sydney, to be precise. I decided to spring for a taxi from the airport since my bags weigh about a million pounds, and I didn’t quite feel up for public transportation. Luckily, I got to share the ride with a piece of pepperoni.


Taxi pepperoni

Unfortunately, the peperoni didn’t have money on him, so I had to pay the whole fare, which was $75. I’m new to the whole taxi scene, but that seems quite high! I think I’ll endeavor to avoid them from now on. Read more →

L.A. Baby


Have you heard that Jonas Brothers song? No? Never mind then.

The first stop on my trip was Los Angeles, CA for a 12-hour layover. I was actually really excited about this part of my trip, because I’ve heard such amazing things about California and I’d never been there before. I was also really looking forward to a nice day on the beach, enjoying the last of the summer before arriving in Australia during the winter.

Much like my flight over (which I’ll talk about in my next post), my time in LA was a bit disappointing. First of all, I was expecting the airport to be really welcoming and modern and cool with palm trees everywhere, but the part I was in just felt old and sad and lonely. I also underestimated how much of a hassle it would be to have a too-full carry on bag (with no wheels) to lug around the airport. But I was excited that this was the farthest I’d ever been away from home, and I was excited to see Manhattan Beach, so I hopped in a cab for my first taxi ride ever (lots of firsts today)! Read more →

So, what’s new?


Hey folks! Since I haven’t actually blogged in 6 months, I wanted to give a little update about what’s new in my life before diving into full-on travel blog mode (I’ll get to that in a minute). So, here’s a distilled list of the important things that have happened since I last wrote!

Important Life Events

  • I survived Physics, Analytical Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, and finished my second 4.0 semester (woo!)
  • I was accepted into UNC’s BSPH Nutrition Program (yay!!)
  • I started doing raw liver shots
  • …wait, don’t leave! I’m not done yet! They’re really not as scary as they sound!…yep, shouldn’t have brought up the raw liver.
  • For those of you who are still here, the last and most exciting life event: I bought my plane ticket to AUSTRALIA!

I’ll be spending 5 months in Perth studying abroad at Murdoch University, then a month traveling around New Zealand, so as you can imagine, I’m going to be writing mostly about my travels. And, of course, the food I eat on my travels. Hopefully I’ll also have a little free time to do some gut bacteria blogging since I’m taking time off work and I signed up for easy classes this, but we’ll see!