Dear Future Brigitte

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Dear future Brigitte,

I hope that you’re at least 30 years old before you read this. If you’re reading this and you’re any younger than 30 (you probably are) then I want you to stop right now. Good things come to those who wait.

You need to stop being so impatient, things don’t happen overnight. They take time (which sucks) but hey, most of the best things in life don’t come easy but sure as hell are worth the wait.

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Long Distance Friendships

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You’ve been travelling for a few months now. You’ve met some amazing people. Some you did not exchange contact details with, and some you did. Of those that you did, some you will occasionally like Facebook profile pictures of, and some you will actually keep in touch with.

Of those that you do keep in touch with, you will experience the difficulties of long distance friendships.

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Another Rambling Millennial

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Following on from my last post (Schmalentines Day), I’m going to continue to saturate the blog market with yet another post on an overly written about topic: Work Life Balance.

Being born in October of 1993 has led me to be classified as a Millennial Libra; and whilst I don’t identify with many Libran traits, I do identify with many Millennial traits. Late last year I attended a conference on employee retention (my inner HR nerd was having a field day). Within minutes the work life balance debate was brought up. Whilst I do believe in the work hard play hard mentality, there are countless different ways you can go about it.

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Schmalentines Day

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Tomorrow is the 14th of February. Also known as the 45th day of the year, the date YouTube was launched in 2005 and the day Australians spend an average of $86 on their loved one. The (in)famous Valentines Day.

Now the reason why I’m unable to decide between the words infamous and famous in the above sentence is because I have very mixed feelings about the 14th of February. On one hand, I think it’s absolutely great that there is an entire day dedicated to celebrating love and showing the one(s) that you love how much they mean to you. On the other hand, I also think that if you love someone you should show them all the time.

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The Topless Tour: Mummelsee, Schwarzwald

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Last year I posted a topless photo of my friend and I on instagram. It was completely PG rated with none of the raunchy connotations you’d expect from a statement with the words “topless” and “photo” in it. The weather conditions were not exactly in our favour. We were cold even with our clothes on, let alone without. But we braved the cold and did it anyway. Why? Because women are beautiful creatures that deserve appreciation, not sexual objectification.

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My Only Regret When It Comes To Travelling Around Latin America

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The first time I set foot in Latin America I was doe-eyed, naive and completely and utterly clueless (to say the least). Being me, I had done very little research. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The initial plan was to fly in, stay for six weeks (to complete my AIESEC exchange) and to fly out. I didn’t know what would happen during those six weeks but I vowed to myself to always keep two things; a positive attitude and an open mind.

2000 dollars, 3 stopovers and 40 hours later, I was in sweltering hot Barranquilla, Colombia.

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Different Types of People I’ve Met Whilst Travelling

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The Tourist

These people have a bucket list, tend to travel for shorter periods of time and catch taxis almost everywhere. They are often curious about the local culture but will not step out of their comfort zone to truly immerse themselves in it. They do not mind paying a little (or a lot) of extra money in order to get the more comfortable option and collect souvenirs at every opportunity that presents itself. But, the most defining characteristic would have to be the thousands of photos that they take; of the landscape, of them, of them and the landscape, of them doing something funny with the landscape, etc.

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