Top of the world at the top of Europe

Before setting out on my 14 day Topdeck tour through Europe I was warned about the amazing-ness that is Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland but omg it’s so much better than everyone says!  As the tour bus drove into the campsite, us girls straight away spotted the army truck following us filled with British and American marines (yum).  But it’s not all about boys, this place is unreal and off-the-chart loose! So here’s how it went down.

Our first night started with me being taught how to play card games that didn’t involve the words ‘go fish’ whilst sampling the local drink – I’m not usually one for drinking beer but this stuff was great! I think I had about 4 bottles of it on-top of the pre-mixed dinner drink of beer, lemonade and apple (sounds strange but trust me, it’s delicious).  The funny thing about Lauterbrunnen is that they have a noise curfew so once 10pm came around we made our way to the campsite’s bar.  Memories of the night are a little foggy (completely un-alcohol related…) but it was amazing to just hang out, drink, dance and break the ice with everyone and let’s just say it was 3am before I was in bed.

IMG_2696Early the next morning (some of us feeling a little sorry for ourselves) we started the 2 hour train journey up to the Jungfrau mountain which, I’ll be honest, was a little hard to take being the steepest railway in the world, you can really feel the altitude as you ascend.  Anyway, for me, once I got up there it was completely surreal – I felt like whipping my bra off and shouting out to the world.  Thankfully for everyone else, I refrained.

This was the first time I ever saw snow so whilst I was saying “yay let’s go play in the snow, let’s go snowboarding” I was with a bunch of Kiwi’s who see snow for 3 months of the year and couldn’t be fussed really.  Me being me though made it happen and went sledding and had an amazing time out in the snow but hilariously forgot to wear sunscreen so that night at the bar whilst I was chatting up ‘Raunchy Rob’ (remember that hunky British marine who wouldn’t locate to Australia?) I had an incredibly sexy sunburn on my forehead and around my sunglasses.  Lucky you can always rely on MAC and Maybelline to get you through the tough times.

For those of you who don’t know, Lauterbrunnen is located in the German quarter of Switzerland right on the Italian border (yeah the German part makes less sense now doesn’t it?) so, ich danke Ihnen sehr for reading my blog and until next time Auf Wiedersehen!

Sweet Caroline: A night at Fenway Park

For my Baseball-deprived Australian friends, if that makes no sense to you, don’t worry, it makes no sense to me as well.  This weekend, I ventured down to Boston and caught a Red Sox game at Fenway Park – there’s … Continue reading

Frat City Bitch

WORDS • LILY BALL Solo cups, beer funnels and sweaty bodies galore, welcome to the frat city bitch.  Imagine every American stereotypical college movie you’ve ever seen – that’s exactly what college life is like.  While the frats are few and … Continue reading

Mama there were some rednecks on that bus

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Today, America saw me without makeup…

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… I was not prepared for this level of commitment so early on.

Today was one of those days where you and your roommate snooze your alarm so many times that you roll out of bed half an hour before class.  I love having that leisure.

So far my time in America has been hilarious, I’ve been to frat parties, drunk out of red cups, laughed until I couldn’t breathe and introduced Americans to vegemite which is probably one of the funniest things you can do in your life.  The one thing that is standing out to me so far as a difference between Australia and America is the guys.  Australian guys have a lot to learn in the way of manners.  When you accidentally walk into someone while carrying your 3 plates of food in the dining commons, guys say “oh my gosh, I’m so sorry” even though it was your fault.  In Australia you are lucky to get a grunt in response.

Another great thing over here is the professors.  I have one for my history class and he says “I’m from Philadelphia, we have cheese steak, boom that’s right bitches”, I’m sorry what?  But something not so great is that I’m realising that everyone’s knowledge of Australia is coming from Finding Nemo… This is highly concerning.  I say, I’m from Australia!  They say, Is that Sydney? Is that Nemo?  Okay a) Sydney is part of Australia, not Australia as a whole and b) Nemo is a fish… I’ll just let that sink in for a minute.

I thought I would compile a quick little list of what I like about America so far and what I don’t like so ya’ll can see what you’re missing out on.

Things I like about America:

  • I really appreciate being able to dance in a large crowd and not feel your sweaty boner in my back (‘straya, take note)
  • I’m loving your words for things, ratchet is the best thing I have heard in my life
  • You all hate Justin Bieber as much as the rest of the world and want him deported back to Canada eh?
  • For once we had something before you (that’s right, you all love Downton Abbey and I know how it ends)
  • “Oh you’re from Australia? OI NATHAN!
  • You still skateboard around like it’s 2003, I like that, you keep that up skater boys, I will be your Avril Lavigne.

Thing’s I don’t like about America:

  • Why is everything coated in cheese?
  • When I say a small scoop of potatoes, I do not mean I would like an entire plate of potatoes (do you know what small is? I’ve been to McDonald’s, clearly small is a loose suggestion rather than direction)
  • Why does everything smell like weed?  The streets of New York, my residence hall, my shoes…  I’m not in Colorado.

Anyway, there’s this thing I have to do over here called studying (total bummer right?) so check back in a couple of days for my latest piece for Moustache Magazine where I talk about the lingo over here, spoiler alert: don’t say thongs, they are flip flops.

catch you on the flip side

Hi my name’s Lily and I’m obsessed with eyebrows

As Charlotte famously once said, “I can’t open a magazine without thinking thighs, thighs, thighs!”, I can’t walk past a mirror, open a magazine or turn on the TV without thinking brows, brows, BROWS!

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Just like every other girl on the planet, I find it hard to trust anyone with my brows after their recent years of butchering.  But today I had the best eyebrow wax I’ve had in years!  I didn’t even have to tell the beautician what I wanted, she just knew.  And now I’ve discovered pigment powder for brows – it’ll never get better than this!  I’m kidding, but what have I been missing all of these years?!

Anyway, I have to get back to staring at my eyebrows.  If you’re after killer brows and trust no-one, make sure you check out wax’d in mount ommaney, Brisbane.  You won’t be disappointed and neither will I when I’m snapping selfies in central park next week.  Cheers gals!

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Totally on trend right now: 2013 in review

While y’all are making a flipagram that makes us all want to throw up because it moves too quick, I thought writing something would be a bit better.  2013 has been legen-I hope you’re not lactose intolerant (which I am)-dairy!  I’ve been tested both mentally and emotionally but I’ve had some incredible experiences and I’ve worked my butt off to achieve them.

I travelled Europe where I partied with British marines, climbed the Eiffel tower, swam in the mediterranean sea, acted like a high roller in Monaco and took approximately 4511 photos in 6 weeks.  I met the most amazing people and loved every minute I spent with them and can’t wait to visit them again soon.

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I spent the majority of the year working two jobs to fund my travels, I studied my butt off to achieve a consistent GPA of 6.0.  I impressed a judging panel and landed a killer internship and to top it all off, I scored myself an amazing exchange opportunity through my university.

I laughed with my friends, worked out who I want to be and what I want to do when I take off that cap and gown next year.  I watched too much TV, ate too much food and read too many books (wait, there’s no such thing as too many books).  For now though I say, good-bye, good-bye, good friends good-bye for we’ll see you very soon I know (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrRFZ1Oq7tY – you’re welcome).

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OMG I can’t believe I’m going to America.

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So in just a few short weeks I am off to the land of fried chicken, patriotism and the Simpsons.  Along with the pageant mums, reality tv stars and Texans, these are a few of my favourite things!  All this is exciting but right now I’m thinking, Oh my god, why am I doing this, I can’t leave home for 6 months, am I crazy?  Deep breath, I think it will be ok.

I can just picture it now, chilling with Li-Lo in LA, finding Ali in Rosewood, taking classes from Abby-Lee in Pittsburgh (no seriously, that is going to happen), defeating Regina in Storybrook, having coffee with the gals in Wisteria Lane and of course going on extravagant holidays with my sex and the city chicks.  Lol reality check Lily.  Did you know that you can order extra skin with your chicken at KFC there?  Excuse me while I develop some sort of rolling machine to transport myself home in.

So while this post is just a quickie, make sure you follow my blog to stay up to date with the adventures I’m having overseas and to check out my (omg lyk look at this guiz) progress shots (something girls in their late teens need to stop doing).  I’m so excited for everything that is in front of me and truly, I am so blessed and thankful to have the opportunities that I do.  Whilst in the US of A I will be taking part in an exchange program, so I won’t just be touristing, I will be living and experiencing the American way of life for 6 months!  So, stay tuned folks!

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