THE BARWON EXPERIENCE

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Being a Melbournian means my lifestyle is fast-paced and always busy (explains why I’ve been M.I.A). Everything is always go, go, go and there’s rarely anytime for a break. Last weekend boyfie and I headed down to Barwon Heads for the weekend. I’ve never stayed down there and was excited to experience the laid back nature so many people talk about. Before coming down, I’m not going to lie, I had extremely high expectations. Everyone said how incredible this place is and how welcoming locals are. At first, I took it with a grain of salt… I mean isn’t there always someone who says how great a place is just to tell you they’ve been there before? But as soon as I arrived, I realised Barwon Heads is one of Victoria’s most beautiful places.

I stayed at the local caravan park which was in the perfect location for tourists like me. Being so close to the shops, restaurants and the instagram-perfect beach across the road, you begin to get a feel of the locals lifestyles down here. The staff at the caravan park were extremely approachable, kind and offered good old-fashioned customer service which you rarely get in Melbourne now. As soon as I settled in and unpacked, I ventured off to see what the town had to offer.

Fresh produce, incredible local made clothes, homewares and aaaaaamazing almond croissants left me in love with this place. Being a vegetarian, it can be hard visiting towns and finding something to eat that’s not pasta. Coming to a beach town like Barwon Heads which is known for it’s seafood had me worried. But, for the first time I had options. A lot of them. From vegetable pesto panini’s to smashed avo and wood fired pizza… if there was such thing as heaven, I found it.

Barwon Heads exceeded all my already high expectations. It’s a place that not matter how many times you go, theres always something to see and something to do. For a place so close to Melbourne, it makes you feel like you’re a million miles away. I will be back.

MY JOURNEY WITH VEGETARIANISM: PART 1

Disclaimer: In no way is the post to persuade people. It’s simply outlining my experiences and thoughts.¬†

Growing up in a European family meant always eating bolognese, schnitzel, meatballs, antipasto platters with prosciutto, ham and salami. Every meal I ate consisted of some sort of meat product. When I was younger, I was okay with this. I didn’t think any differently and I was never told (as silly as this sounds) that meat was an animal.

As I got older, I started to educate myself more on the impact eating meat has on the world and watched people close to like my brother become vegetarian and close friends become vegan. Late last year, I decided it was time to do it. I lasted a month. A month of enjoying not eating meat before I got sooooooooo drunk, ate a chicken kebab (shoutout to King St Kebabs) and missed the taste.

I did feel guilty. But my whole diet for 20 years was customed to eating meat. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to try again, but honestly I didn’t feel ready. It sounds silly, just cutting an ingredient from your diet… but for me it was more than that. It’s a social thing. I didn’t want to be that person that had to say no to a restaurant because there were no vegetarian options. I didn’t want to have dinner at a friends house and say no to what they cooked because it had meat in it.

Two months ago, my boyfriend Mitch and I were having a discussion with my brother and we agreed to give it ago. Two months later, Mitch hasn’t touched meat (…. he’s one of those people that puts their minds to things and smashes it) (I hate those people!). I cheated hear and there but I did reduce the amount I was having as much as I could till I was no longer eating it.

I now have not been eating meat for almost a month now and I can honestly I do not miss it. Well… I do miss it, because it makes life easier to cook a meal but I don’t miss the taste. I don’t miss a slab of steak on my plate, or grilled chicken in my burger.

I’m going to make posts hear and there updating about my journey, because I know so many people who are scared to give it a go! Like me, I was so worried about making a change in my lifestyle, but once you do it, you realise it’s not as bad as it may seem.

Leave a comment telling me your experiences with vegatarianism / veganism. What are your thoughts on it?

 

THE NEW AND IMPROVED

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This blog has had a little makeover – and by makeover I mean I’ve deleted all my content to start again. So for my followers from the start, welcome to the new and improved blog. For the new ones, pretend you didn’t read this.

So why have I deleted all my content? I am such a firm believer of being true to yourself and being who you are and I felt on here I wasn’t. I take my creativity seriously and I am always hard on myself but I don’t want to try and act like someone I’m not for the sake of ¬†likes or follows.

I’ve always said this, being a full-time blogger would be exceptional, but making this blog isn’t for the huge online presence or money for me. It’s about creating content (on here and my YouTube channel) that’s important enough to potentially help someone. I am passionate about so many things which you’ll begin to learn as I share more content but the one thing that I love more than anything is being able to help other people and hopefully inspire someone to be who they really want to be.

So this is where we’re at now. My content will be a mix of everything and hopefully it’s better than last time.

But for now… enjoy!

C. xx

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