Wish you were here.
My cousin, Naz, and I get along really well but when it boils down to recreational activities, we are polar opposites. Despite her sweet and gentle posterior, I can imagine she signs up for every adventure camp her school offers because whenever I check my Facebook news feed, she’s either trekking in some jungle in Vietnam, surfing in Bali or climbing a mountain. As for me, I like to have my feet firmly on the ground, preferably on the light marble tiles you find in malls. And the only mountain I’m willing to climb is the harrowing flight of stairs up to Zara.
So when Naz came over for a holiday in Melbourne, I knew I had to grapple with my aversion towards the great outdoors (or outback, rather lol). Perhaps it was my knowledge of the city or my easy going nature – I still don’t know what possessed my cousin to entrust me with creating an itinerary for her holiday. Itineraries are serious business. I had to find the delicate balance between the great adventures Naz preferred *shudder* and my own brand of physical recreation: SHOPPING!
And that’s how we ended up on a full day tour of the Great Ocean Road. No messy diving suits to put on, no skiing gear and just miles of beautiful scenery. My kinda shiz. It’s a winding 3 hour drive from the main city to the actual stretch of cliffs and ocean. I thought I would be prepared for the meandering ride after childhood holidays in both Cameron and Genting Highlands but dude, I had the most intense headache along the way. Thankfully, there were plenty of stops for us to get down, stretch our legs and take in the sights or breakfast would’ve ended up on my lap srsly.
And the sights? Unlike anything I’ve seen before. We got to climb down a cliff and walk around the beach too. I’m not gonna lie – as I heard that telltale crunch when my shoe soles made contact with the wet sand, I grimaced. Hard.
I hate dirtying my shoes omg, I AM SUCH A GIRL SRSLY. I’ll let the pictures do the rest:
Towards the end of the tour, they drove us to this stunning place called the Loch Something (I wasn’t paying attention rofl, I was busy cleaning my shoes by doing a lil moonwalk on the gravel). The sun was setting behind the cliffs and for once, everyone stopped snapping photos and just stood with their significant others, savouring the sunset whilst locking hands with each other. That moment was magic. But sorely lacking in the love department and not wanting to feel out of place, I did the most ridiculous thing: I watched the sunset whilst holding onto a feather I found HAHAHA WTF. TRUE INNER ZEN, PEOPLE! Anyway, I think that’s the last time I’ll ever try romancing with a feather…
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