HME Reminder & The Ultimate Hiking List

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Let me start off by explaining HeartMindEar to you all and my vision…

HeartMindEar is my very own platform to inspire and to be inspired. Since I can remember I have had a large space in my brain dedicated to wanderlust and the endless list I have of places to go in my lifetime. I often daydream of travelling to places far and wide to experience culture and nature.

For many years I have created blogs for thoughts and used them just as outlets rather than using them as outlets AND inputs. In recent times I have realised how important inspiration is, not only receiving inspiration but also giving inspiration. That is why I created HeartMindEar. I have grown from my selfish lust and want to share to inspire rather than ‘look what I am doing/have done’.

HeartMindEar has only began and isn’t something I update as often as a lot of blogs out there, but unfortunately I don’t go exploring and eating out every day as at the moment I am making myself busy with work so I can go on my ultimate European trip in March.

Just a little explanation as to why HeartMindEar is in existence and such a casual one at that for the time being.

This year I discovered the joy of hiking. I discovered just how relaxing and in touch with nature you can get. Just you (or a hiking partner/group) and the terrine. I discovered just how much I appreciate the sounds, the sights, the smells of the natural world and just how much it enlightens your soul, in a healthy way.

For inspiration for my trip recently, I came across a few lists of underrated places to see and food to eat around Europe, then I came across this amazing list and decided that this is what I want to achieve in my lifetime, all thanks to a freelance writer on Lifehack.orgSiobhan Harmer. I wanted to share the list, share the inspiration.

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One Quick Trip to Sydney

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Last week my friend Sam and I, along with our work colleague Kim, decided to take a spontaneous overnight trip to Sydney to surprise our friends Phil and Kayli. As a Melbournian, a part of me has never wanted to explore enemy grounds and I never felt the urge to visit this harbour city, but my lesson has been learnt, I secretly adored Sydney.

I have been to Sydney maybe 3 or 4 times in my life, never seeing anything but the airport and the view from above as I was taking off to America, oh and the one time I cruised around Vanuatu and New Caledonia we had a transfer to the docks to and from the airport, which we didn’t see much as it was early and I had my eyes closed for the bus ride. When I think about Sydney I think about mass crowds at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but Sydney isn’t just about that. Walking along the harbour from the Botanical Gardens to Darling Harbour is spectacular, with amazing views of other parts of Sydney and along the way the old buildings and hidden wharfs. Being there for only a night we didn’t get to see much, because Sydney is HUGE! But plans to go back for maybe a few more days are swirling around in my head.

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Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk

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I don’t get out and explore as much as I would like to, but when I do I want to make the absolute most of it and find places that take my breath away. For a very long time I have made many drives from Ballarat to Melbourne and vice versa, and along the way there are some amazing views and scenery. For years I have driven past the Werribee Gorge and had no idea what it was or if it was even a place I could explore, but I loved looking at it from the corner of my eye as I drove past. The other night I came across a list of walking trails around Melbourne and noticed Werribee Gorge being on that list. I messaged my sister and made a date of it.

It was all I imagined it would be and more!

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My Concrete Jungle

11262835_10153082684214495_1495842575_oIt is no secret that Melbourne is my favourite city in the world! It holds a special place in my heart and no matter how far away I travel I will always called Melbourne home. Now I came to the city in October 2011 after getting a job in the city and waited patiently for uni to start in February. I always knew one day I would end up here. My fascination for Melbourne started very young as I was a young girl living in the middle of nowhere with big dreams of adventure, and at that age the big smoke was something to aspire to. A lot of my family live in and around Melbourne so we travelled there for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, special occasions and every time we came over the West Gate Bridge and saw the city skyline I fell more and more in love with it.

Melbourne has become my home and not because the streets are beautiful, there is always something to do, it’s full of different cultures and it also made me a strong person.

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