From winter to summer – Day 50 in OZ


Hello world. Well this did not go as expected.. I initially wanted to regularly report my adventures here in Australia but it turned out that I am just too busy living the moment (and working on my tan).

But right now, a late Sunday afternoon with a thunderstorm approaching, I thought I could use my time to continue this blog. A lot has happened so far and I’ll try to summarise the most interesting parts in case there are people that actually like to read it.

I arrived in Brisbane January 1, yes I spent my new year’s eve on the plane, after a freaking long flight. I flew from Zurich to Abu Dhabi (6.5 hr) and then from there to Brisbane with took another 14 hours. Lucky to get picked up after these exhausting hours me and some other students were driven to Noosa, which is 2h north of Brisbane. We were dropped off at our homestays and I finally got to know my hostfamily, which I’d be staying with for the next 10 weeks until my course is finished. Getting over my jetlag and acclimatising to the new (and hot!) environment took around 1.5 weeks.

About my course: I’m doing the Cambridge Proficiency Diploma (CPE) here at Lexis Noosa, which means that I go to school from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2pm and sometimes until 3. In the end I will take the exam, which is already in 3 weeks..

Since my arrival, I’ve met a lot of lovely people and gone on amazing adventures. The 2 biggest ones were a long Australia Day weekend in Byron Bay, one day at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and a 3 day trip to stunning K’gari, more commonly known as Fraser Island. Pictures and more detailed infos about these three tours will follow soon, promised!



Starting off new!


Welcome to my first blogpost! Well.. not quite. But maybe I should introduce myself first: My name is Maura, I’m 19 years old and I’m initially from Germany but I now live close to Zurich in beautiful Switzerland. I own a cat and I probably always will own one (crazy catlady to be). I’ve already had a website where I would post pictures and I’ve also already had a blog. But I did not really have the time to pursue it with the effort I initially wanted to invest.

But this summer I graduated from high school and decided to take a gap year before starting university. This decision was made due to several reasons, but the main one was that I didn’t really feel like I knew what I wanted to do with my life..and that I didn’t even know who I was. I was just so focused on school and getting my life together that I forgot to open up to the world and see what I’m interested in. All I could see was that I suck at maths, that I don’t like dry subjects like economics and law and that there’s so much to do for tomorrow (yes, procrastination was one of my main hobbies).

Now it’s the last day of October –  HAPPY HALLOWEEN – and in fact I made some progress! Since August I’m working in retail in order to gain experience and to earn some money, plus I might be realizing that some, if not all, aspects and opinions of my school years were heavily influenced by teachers and other factors. One example: I am now figuring out if economics might not even be as dry as I experienced it. Looking at it from a different perspective (not being forced to deal with it, no influential teachers, etc.) opened my eyes. In case you’re interested: I am now considering business studies as a minor for my studies.

So..I’m seeing this gap year as a chance for new things. For looking at things again, on which I already decided that I wouldn’t like them. For becoming more open towards the world and the people. For getting to know myself better and for finding out who I could become.. And of course for starting a new blog for all my little and big adventures that are going to happen sooner or later.. Hint: a big one in 61 days! Pictures, stories & experiences are to be found on my blog in the future.

Stay safe and enjoy your day !