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Tsunami, tsunam-you

February 27, 2010

Byron Bay, Australia:

Wow, thanks for all the emails I’ve gotten about the tsunami heading for Australia’s East Coast. The forecast calls for rain over the next few days but right now it’s brilliant out there, an absolutely blinding, hot sun and not a cloud in sight. Of course, that will probably all change by this afternoon…

We tried hiking out to the lighthouse yesterday  but after an hour, the heavens opened up and buckets of warm rained poured down. It wasn’t bad to walk in but the path became slippery and it wouldn’t exactly have been ideal weather to head to a lookout. 😉 Trying again today and then spending a few hours at the beach.

Traveling here, it’s been amazing to see how much diet can affect mood and energy. In an effort to save money, we’ve been mostly buying groceries and rarely eating out, and because we move so much from place-to-place, I never buy more than I can eat in a few days. There’s also not a ton of variety — PB toast and an apple for breakfast, hummus & veggies for lunch, beans & veggies for dinner. While it’s a pretty clean diet, minus the bread, it’s definitely not the most balanced meal plan. I’ve noticed a huge drop in my endurance, energy and mood since coming here.

While I’m absolutely thrilled to be here and having the time of my life, it’s definitely been proof that without a balanced diet and the proper ratio of carbs-protein-fats, I just can’t function the same way. It’s all a learning experience! Splurging tonight on some Mexican food — a nice change from the norm. 😀

Oh, and I can’t forget all of the delicious nutrition bars that are part of my great bar challenge. There are some really tasty ones out there! 

Byron Bay is your typical small beach town — lots of tanned tourists, tons of surfers, and a bunch of shops selling t-shirts, sunglasses and various BB-themed items. Some people get sucked into staying here for months on end and if you’re a surfer, I can totally see ow that would happen. For me, a few days will be enough to get the flavor before heading up the coast.

As nice as it would be to settle down somewhere for a week or so and really unpack, it’s also fun exploring different towns and meeting new people. That’s what it’s all about, really! There’s a great group of girls in our room from Switzerland, England, Australia and Canada (plus us two Americans) and we’ve had some nice conversations where everyone brings a different world perspective. Very enlightening.

Never fear, tsunami or not I’ll still have fun. I already survived Korea’s monsoon season… 😉

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 10:35 pm

    i’m glad you’re ok! scary stuff…but i know you’ll have a great time despite all the craziness going on in the world. sounds like a wonderful place to be, have fun!

  2. February 28, 2010 12:43 am

    Glad the tsunami didn’t hit you! It sounds really fun to be moving up and down the coast and seeing little bits of everything. Sorry about the lower energy; our bodies tend to adapt to something and if we change that really quickly it can totally affect our mood/energy/ etc. Good luck and I hope you continue to have a blasty!

  3. Lauren permalink
    February 28, 2010 12:54 am

    Don’t forget that it’s the heat as well, nothing like a nice hot 39deg day to completely sap any energy you had! Lots n lots water. I’ll send you an email tonight xx

  4. February 28, 2010 7:51 am

    Eek…good luck! Sounds like you’re having an amazing time, regardless!

  5. Danielle permalink
    February 28, 2010 10:57 am

    I love reading about your adventures- it’s like your a character in a novel (to me) lol. Enjoy your time there!

  6. February 28, 2010 4:12 pm

    You won the sunshine blog award! Come to my blog to see how to claim your prize.r

  7. Susan permalink
    February 28, 2010 5:50 pm

    You’re right, it’s more fun to hit up a ton of places when traveling than to stay in one spot for too long. I agree with Danielle; it’s so fun to read about your experiences in the land down under. You should write an “Eat Pray Love” style book of your adventures – I’d buy for sure!

  8. louisianagrown permalink
    February 28, 2010 8:33 pm

    I get so thrown off when I’m on vacation and eating abnormally. I totally know what you’re talking about. Besides that little blip, hope you’re taking care of yourself with that crazy weather!

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