16th Beach + Meeting Friends

Hello there! If you do not know already, I am currently in Australia! Check out my last post here to read about my trip and see some pictures from our first day here!

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So Australia has been amazing so far. In all honestly, it is so, so different than I expected but I am enjoying it regardless. I must admit though — the cold weather makes me feel like it should be Christmas time. I keep feeling like I should be baking and watching Christmas movies or something. Strange, I know.

Anyways, if you saw my last post you would have met Trevor’s best friend, Luke. We spent our entire second day with Luke and planned to visit with some other friends the very next day as well. May I just say that Trevor has the most amazing friends in the world. Before leaving on our trip, so many people continually asked me “what are you most looking forward to doing?!”. And literally I would always say “MEET TREVOR’S FRIENDS!”.

So yeah, I have just felt so welcomed by them and have loved getting to know each of them.

If I didn’t explain clearly before, we are about an hour and a half outside of Melbourne, Australia on the Mornington Peninsula. We are currently staying in Rye, which is pretty far down on the Peninsula, but luckily relatively close to lots of other villages like Mt. Martha, Mornington, Sorrento, and more. It is so cool to drive through all the villages because they are so close together and so fun.

Here in Rye (and really the entire Peninsula) are some ah-mazing beaches, one being 16th Beach (where we surprised Luke aka Trevor’s all time favorite beach). 16th beach is magical, especially for an east coast girl like myself who can barely comprehend a beach with ACTUAL WAVES. Not to mention, the coast here is much like the west coast of the US, meaning it is very cliffy. Needless to say, every beach here seems magical to me.

Late Monday morning, Trevor and I visited with some friends for some coffee and a beach walk. One of Trevor’s closest gal friends, Alice, came to quickly visit us because the very next morning, she flew to Toronto, Canada! How ironic that we fly to Aus just as she flies to North America. Sad, but exciting nonetheless. She is on a year long trip of camping, Christian community, and a whole lot of adventure and I am just so excited (and a little envious) for her!

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We walked to the 16th st milk bar to grab a quick coffee and met this loveable doggie named Mags right as we were sitting down.

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Luke met us at the beach and ended up spending most of the day with us.

 

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How sweet are these 3 friends?! Oh so much love in one photo.

 

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I was honestly so, so eager to meet Alice. She is truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met, treating me like a lifelong friend although we had never ever met. I’m still sad that we only had an hour of her time, but I’m hoping Trevor and I can road trip to Toronto someday to see her again!

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Also, to save on the confusion, it is currently Winter in Australia. This seems to be a fact that many Americans are not aware of, but indeed the Summer months in the US are the winter months in Aus. Thanks southern hemisphere facts that still amaze me. So if you are wondering why we are bundled in sweaters, jackets, and scarves in my photos – that would be why.

Love it when the wind insists on being in the photo.

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What a stud.

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Beach selfies, teehee.

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Thanks so much for reading and stick around for some more Australia posts soon!

xx Abbey

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