I’m very tired and thinking that perhaps I will need to change these 15 minute minimum blog entries to more simply – one blog a day.

I’ve just got back from a friends place, where I joined them for after dinner drinks, chats and chocolate ripple cake to celebrate Dave’s birthday. We had all planned to go out for dinner, but plans changed with one feeling under the weather, and my parents tired after helping my brother start to move his stuff out from Albury. I’m also tired, for today was the day of Judi and Troy’s wedding, for which I was their photographer.

It was a beautiful ceremony with their friends and family at what I think is one of the coolest buildings in town, the Old Gaol Building. There is a bit of history and things going on there, but the building block is a bright orange brick with very neatly manicured green gardens. The wedding was going to be held down in one of the river bends but as there is currently a minor flood level attempting to peak it had to be relocated. I’ve got to try and work through the shots this week if I want them sorted before flying out, otherwise they are aware and happy for them to be fixed up after our six weeks of road tripping.

It’s been an interesting day, for the morning I went back to bed about four times – avoiding things to try and keep busy / fall asleep so as to not get stressed taking photographs at the wedding. I’m more into documentary/street/candid shots, where the idea is to shoot for the moment as such, but if it doesn’t happen you have to shrug and say well, next time. It’s totally different with wedding photography though – it’s still all about the moments, but you have to do your best not to miss them. We’ll see how they turn out later.

Throughout the afternoon and tonight too there was a lot of talk about travel. Ins and outs of it, ways to save money, be confident, escape comfort zones, locations, languages etc. I love learning about different cultures and their make ups. I often think that Anthropology would be a great area to study, however I’m not sure what I would do with such a degree, or if I was to study it where I would choose to settle and do that.

I completed over 15 minutes of study today for my French, DuoLingoing on my phone. It’s much easier learning when being immersed and dealing with it everyday, but I guess that’s what I have to look forward to in just over a months time.

I’d love to explore some more avenues tonight, but I’m falling asleep as I write this now and can’t think too well, so shall try more tomorrow. Feeling excited, and just a little nervous, but that’s to be expected. Tomorrow’s plans are to make an orange cake, sort through some photos, send some emails, lunch, and potentially start to actually pack things too.

I was a bit bummed today discovering that I am just a bit below my financial goal that I’ve been working towards. It’s only 2% off, and with next weeks pay and a couple more things to come in I’ll go over it, I had just hoped to surpass that figure by now. I was all geared up and excited to see it when I logged on, but then really did feel quite disheartened to learn the truth. So much so that it made me count out my money box for spare change, which had a lot more gold in it than I realised, so that almost took me over.

Two minutes to go to make the 15 minute mark, infact one now. I’m rambling and just typing out for writings sake. It has made me think a bit about a Workaway for Paris that required you to write an article a day for board or something like that, I didn’t quite understand if it was on anything travel related or more specific, but that could be something to look into more.

Looking forward to a European style chocolate ripple cake for my birthday on November 8. Can’t believe that’s come around so soon, this year has been pretty full on. All I know is that it’s definitely not how I envisaged 25 to be, but I’m not complaining. There’s been lows, some serious – serious lows at that, but there have also been some darn good highs and for that I’m grateful! Who knows what 26 will hold…!

Peace,
V


Written;
In: Hay, Australia
From: 11.15pm – 11.32pm