Embrace the Day!

I recently found below when looking for something encouraging to send a friend struggling to make sense of these unprecedented times we find ourselves in. It really resonates with me and thought I’d share here. 

Visiting the iconic Luna Park🎠

Luna Park is reopening its gates this weekend and offering all-inclusive tickets for an afternoon of fun 🙂  Great timing, we’re all in and start the day with a ferry ride from Manly to Circular Quay, walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with sweeping views and explore Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden before entering the iconic…

Afternoon Stroll at Berrys Bay

Every Sunday, we take advantage of the special fare, unlimited public transport ticket to explore Sydney and our surroundings 🙂 This time, after gifting ourselves with some trendy new sunglasses, we set out to Berrys Bay at Waverton in Northern Sydney.  An old Coal Loader has been revamped into a learning hub for sustainable living,…

Birthday Weekend🐨Port Stephens

Not only was it my birthday last Sunday, New South Wales also observes the Queen’s Birthday on the second Monday of June and so we enjoyed a long weekend off, drove to Port Stephens ~2hours north of Sydney for an adventurous getaway! Let me give you a picture tour of our tour 🙂  The weather…

Working from the Salesforce HeadQuarter in San Francisco

What an eventful week at Salesforce in San Francisco! It was an honour to represent Earthforce at the Global Equality Leadership Summit hosted by Tony Prophet’s team, to learn from, share and collaborate with the Office of Equality and our different Employee Resource Groups. Paula Goldman shared her vision for Salesforce’s Office of Ethical and…

Hwy1🇺🇸Big Sur

Whoop whoop – what a trip. For the first time ever I’m flying all the way “on the other side” of the planet … from Sydney to San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean! I couldn’t be more excited, leaving Australia around lunchtime on a Saturday and shortly after looking down unto tiny archipelagos in the…

Milford Sound and Gertrude Saddle

It’s a wonderfully warm and sunny morning at Athol Lodge. The rooster would have had us up way earlier but we resist and get up around 7am. After all, we’ve got a long drive ahead of us to Milford Sound. The happy chicken stop by our breakfast table, breadcrumbs seem to have caught their attention….

Te Waipounamu🇳🇿

New Zealand’s South Island is our destination of choice for this year’s summer holiday – in January because we’re on the southern hemisphere and if we went it August we’d need to bring our skis 😉  We fly with Australia’s national carrier Quantas to Christchurch and arrive there in the middle of the night, hence…

Happy New Year from Sydney🎉

What a fabulous start into the new year! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2020, may you be blessed with a growth mindset, tolerance, gratitude, positivity, mindfulness and inner peace🍀 “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw~

Our 2019💖

What a whirlwind of a year it’s been! I’m taking a moment to reflect on it all … my head still spinning and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude and how fortunate we are. Dancing into 2019 in Vienna after a wonderful Christmas with my family back home in Styria, the green heart of Austria💚 Selling…

Camping Weekend the Aussie Style🔥

When the opportunity arose for us to come along with a bunch of newly found friends to join a camping weekend, we were all in. It meant packing our gear and travelling all the way across Sydney to Cronulla in the southern Shires. We start on a Friday with drinks after work, Gyros for dinner…

Festive Season on the Southern Hemisphere✨

The end of the year is approaching fast. It all feels very strange – we have just moved the clocks forward an hour to be on daylight savings time, it’s getting hotter every week – summer is coming! Christmas? Really? We had xmas jumper day and hot chocolates in July😆 Growing up on the northern…

Austrian National Day Celebrations in Sydney

As always when 26th of October – Austria’s “Nationalfeiertag” – is approaching, I receive invites for a reception at the Austrian embassy or consulate of the country I’m living in currently and more and more it’s common to also have an Austrian get2gether announced on social media platforms. And so we learn about the Austrian…

Hobart and Mt Wellington

It’s afternoon and as we’re getting closer to Tasmania’s capital city so increases the flow of traffic. Clouds have moved in and so we see less and less of Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart. Still, we decide to drive up and beautifully winding streets take us higher and higher, the views get better at every…

Across the Apple Island through Lake Country into the Western Wilds

At St Helens we take a left turn and head inland up the winding roads into beautifully green rolling landscapes and lush forests. We walk through a mystic old rainforest to visit the 90 meter high Columbia Falls. In tiny Branxholm (population 210) wecook lunch: Wallaby Sausage😋 In the late afternoon we get a first…

Touring Tasmania’s East Coast

After going to tropical Queensland for our first holiday in Australia back in June, we chose Tasmania as our next dream destination for a little spring holiday. I couldn’t have been more excited to get to know this place we’ve heard so much about, watched movies and documentaries – now we are renting a campervan…

Winter in Sydney

Weatherwise this seems better than an English summer😹 More to follow shortly…

A few days in Melbourne

An opportunity came round for us to visit Melbourne and we are super excited to explore “Australia’s 2nd City” and Melburnians certainly challenge this in the constant (friendly) rivalry with Sydney 🙂  It’s a city everyone has heard of and we even had the chance to move their but opted for Sydney. Finally we get…

Surprise visit at Gold Coast

Wow – what an unexpected adventure! On a Wednesday I get asked whether I could help out at Salesforce’s first ever Trailhead Bootcamp in Australia the following week. The only caveat – it’s at Gold Coast, an hour’s flight north from Sydney in tropical Queensland. Hm, I certainly can help out and would be delighted…

Canberra🦘

This weekend we decide to explore Canberra, the capital of Australia. It’s winter and because the so-called ACT (Australian Capital Territory) lies quite far south, it does get pretty chilly here. 6C feels a bit like a European winter, the sunshine is wonderful though and we still can’t get our head around the seasons being…

A Week in the Whitsundays⛵️

We couldn’t have picked a better day to leave Sydney, it’s raining cats and dogs and temperatures dropped to less than 12C (well, it’s late autumn after all). Flying north to Queensland into the tropics is quite soothing indeed. The 74 Whitsunday Islands were named by Captain James Cooked who passed through the famous “Passage”…

Off to the Great Barrier Reef🐠

Australia honours the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday. Now, those who know me might know, I honour my birthday with a personal holiday. Hence, we’ve got a few days together and take the opportunity to explore a bit further afield. Avoiding to go south as it’s much colder – winter after all – we…

Fun in the Sun

Weekends on Sydney’s northern beaches are divine … and mind you, this is winter … some impressions below 😉

Up the Coast and into Hunter Valley

Another beautifully sunny day and we take the Old Pacific Highway up to Central Coast to a quaint little beach surrounded by lush tropical forest, it’s called Bateau Bay. We’re following the bushwalk around some corners to enjoy some sweeping vistas and as the sun sets, pitch our tent in the nearby holiday park “Blue…

Kayaking🛶Hawkesbury River

It’s Anzac Day and we decide to head north, exploring the Hawkesbury River and its vast network of broad waterways and small quiet creeks. It’s been a beautiful, soul-curing experience to cross wide waters, watch jellyfish play next to us and then silently paddle into one of the narrow sidearms of the mighty Hawkesbury River…

Blue Mountains National Park

Yippie, we’re leaving Sydney on Thursday evening after work for our first camping trip in Australia. Our destination: Blue Mountains NP Just about 2 hours drive from the big city, we’re in a different world! We’re on top of a 1.100m high sandstone plateau, cut through by deep canyons, high waterfalls and with thick tropical…

Moving to Manly😎

House hunting is actually quite enjoyable here. There’s an app for it, one creates filters for all the criteria and preferences, then looks up the properties on the map with pics and price and when the next inspection is taking place. We’ve put together our own tour and it’s also a great way to get…

🇦🇺G’day Mate🇦🇺

Whoop whoop, having just relocated to Australia I’m trying to keep up with everything, so far we’re loving it! Wohooo – we’ve arrived in Sydney, it’s in the middle of a warm, tropical night. Friendly, pragmatic, well-equipped … so many pleasant impressions in the first couple of hours, we’ve got a certain feeling we’ll like…

Dubai – City of Superlatives

We’ve left rainy London in the late afternoon to catch our flight to sunny Dubai, where we arrive bright and early in the morning. Wow – what a different world here, an eclectic mix of ethnicities, architectural styles and the smells of delicious oriental food is surrounding us. We spend the morning walking around the…

A weekend in romantic, medieval Tallinn💞

After clearly not enough sleep, our alarm clock rings at 3:30am and we’re heading off to Luton Airport, which – given it’s that early in the morning and we’re leaving from Clapham – is a journey in itself. All goes well and we’re spoiling ourselves with some coffee and croissants at the airport before take-off….

Adventures in the Caucasus

We’ve heard about Svaneti before, it’s the most traditional of Georgia’s regions that has managed to keep it’s authenticity so far. “During the many invasions of Georgia over the centuries, icons and other religious valuables were brought to this isolated region for safekeeping, and a significant number remain in private homes today. Svaneti also has a…

Exploring Georgia

Wow – what a destination, off the beaten track and for sure something different, I thought to myself. I wasn’t disappointed, this trip had some crazy surprises in place … but let me start from the beginning. We take off from London Luton, flying into Kutaisi though not before a turn-around manoeuvre *first one for…

How taking the “wrong train” made my day in Amsterdam

I’m kinda tired when I arrive at the busy Amsterdam Schiphol airport this Saturday morning. The train I’m supposed to take to Amsterdam Centraal is late and b/c I don’t pay attention I’m taking the first one on the platform. When I realize my oversight it’s too late and I get off at the next…

Joining SurfForce in Cornwall🏄‍♀️

Over the last few days I had the pleasure to join SURFFORCE, an awesome Salesforce Community event combining surfing with sustainability and sessions on salesforce! Loved getting together with so many passionate #Trailblazer​s 🙂 It’s been extremely insightful meeting admins, developers, consultants and partner reps, coming together as #OneOhana​ to engage in the #GOPLASTICFREE​ movement…

Madrid🇪🇸Segóvia

After almost 7 years, I’m back in Madrid. My day-to-day is quite different nowadays compared to the student life in those former days, when I studied at Universidad Carlos III for one semester during my Master’s and living in La Elipa with locals. Lovely memories and I’m over the moon to be strolling through the…

Holidaying around Austria’s magnificent Salzkammergut region🏕

It is a journey back into my childhood memories … ein Sommer wie damals … as the advert for a famous Austrian brand goes. The summer weather couldn’t be better with lotsa sunshine and degrees up into the 30s every day, the food delicious as ever and we love the short hikes in different locations…

Scottish Highlands🐲Inverness and the Isle of Skye

How exciting – finally we get to hike “up north”! Extending the May Bank Holiday Weekend, we enjoy 5 days of adventure 🙂 We are not big planners and that usually turns out just fine as we have the flexibility to follow any of the many interesting twists and turns our journeys take us. Similar…