Friday Favorites: School Holiday Edition

First of all I want to thank everyone for their kind words, comments etc. on my post over what I have learned this past year. Self-reflection is always a little awkward (at least for me) and so it was nice to see so many people felt the same way and enjoyed reading it. You guys are the best! Alright enough mushy stuff and on to the post…

While everyone in America is enjoying their summer holiday (or at least teachers and kids) it’s currently the tail end of our end of term break. Since summer and Christmas fall at the same time here, they have a quite a few weeks off at the end of the school year, which runs January-December. Then after each ten week term they have two weeks off.

I am not going to lie I feel a little guilty being on a break when I spent several weeks of the past term playing tour guide and traveling, but what can you do?

It’s been a couple weeks since my last Friday Favorites, so this one is covering my favorites from the past two weeks of my little school holiday.

Girls Trip to the Granite Belt

I will definitely be posting more about our trip once I get around to sorting through all the pictures we took. Two of my fellow school teacher/American friends and I headed into the country for a lovely couple days of wine tasting, antique browsing and other activities.


It was so fun to get out of town and see a different part of our great state of Queensland. Everyone in the small towns we went to were so sweet and it felt like southern hospitality all over again which was great for three girls from three southern states.


Plus I got to see my first of Australia’s giant things, if you check out that wikipedia page you will see I still have a long way to go.

Coffee (and Dessert) Dates

Between hosting visitors, playing tour guide and working it had been a while since I had spent some time with my girl friends. These past two weeks I was able to have multiple coffee dates that lasted for hours (my favorite) and reconnect with my friends. I feel like I have said it a million times, but I have been so lucky to make such great girl friends since we have been here.

Also, if you are in Brisbane you need to stop what you’re doing and go to Chester Street Bakery. Good coffee, delicious treats and please just look at this Nutella Hot Chocolate…


Teneriffe Festival


Last Saturday was our neighborhood‘s festival and it took place directly in front and behind our apartment.


For the entire day they had the street shut down and food stalls, artists, boutiques and much, much more were set up. There were stages set up all over with singers/DJs etc, pop-up bars and even a cheese market. My personal favorite was the piglet races. We had sooo much fun and it just reinforced how much I love where we live.

It was the 4th of July and they actually had some old US military jeeps on display, so of course we had to get a photo with the American flag.

Glasshouse Mountains


The “winter” weather here has been pretty phenomenal lately so my friend, Jillian, and I hiked one of my favorite mountains on Wednesday. I have talked about Mount Ngungun here and here so I won’t bore you with the details now. This time we picked up some cheese and crackers and fruit for a little picnic at the top but we weren’t hungry by the time we got up there (a bakery pit stop is to blame) so we ended up enjoying them from the comfort of my couch afterwards.


I can count on one hand how many hikes I had been on before we moved here, now they are one of my favorite past times.

Travel Suggestions

We got our visas for Vietnam this week, woohoo!! Now we just need to figure out what we are going to do there. We will be in Hanoi (but spending most of the time on the Halong Bay Junk Boat) then Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh/Saigon. I also am taking suggestions for Thailand, we’re doing Bangkok-Phuket-Ko Samui (3 days each).

Help! We have all of our hotels and flights booked but only the Halong Bay tour planned, I want to get some sort of itinerary set in the next few weeks. I can not believe we leave in less than 6 weeks!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Over at our house we are challenging ourselves to spend $50 or less all weekend. We will see how it goes…

Linking up with Andrea and Heather as usual!

14 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: School Holiday Edition

  1. Cat @ says:

    Sounds like you all have been and are going to be super busy traveling! I love the idea of challenging yourself not to spend more than $50 this weekend. Hope you meet your goal and have a great weekend!

  2. The Nutella hot chocolate sounds amazing, and it looks even more amazing than it sounds! I have a friend from the States who just got back from Vietnam. Her pictures looked so amazing.

  3. What a lovely recap! You certainly have done some very cool stuff – I’d love a visit to Stanthorpe (we are heading to Warwick this weekend to the Jumpers and Jazz festival!), and I’m so jealous about your Vietnam/Thailand trip!! That will be amazing! I went to Thailand a few years ago (mainly Phuket and Patong) and it was one of the greatest holidays ever! It’s such a beautiful and amazing place! xx

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